Upcoming Fall 2013 Screenings for CowJews and Indians

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CowJews and Indians, Official Selection at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal, Canada . The festival will be held October 9-20, 2013, and the film will be screened:

Thursday October 10, 9:00 PM at Cinmea du Parc
Monday October 14, 1:00 PM at Cinmea du Parc 

Playing at the Panorama section in Montréal, Canada.

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CowJews and Indians will have a premiere at the Social Justice Film Festival, October 12th at the Pike Palace Market Theater in Seattle, Washington.

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CowJews and Indians will have a premiere at the Edmonton International Film Festival, Edmonton, Canada, September 26-October 5, 2013.

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CowJews and Indians will have a premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 19-29, 2013.

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CowJews and Indians will have a Tennessee premiere at the 2013 Knoxville Film Festival to be held September 19-22, 2013 at the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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CowJews and Indians, Official Selection at the 2013 Cincinnati Film FestivalSeptember 5-15, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The film will be shown twice.

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CowJews and Indians will premiere at the 2013 Rome International Film Festival on September 6, 2013 at 1pm.

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Director Halberstadt in Montreal’s The Gazette

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This land is not your land, this land is not my land

 Documentary makes a case for the claims of First Nations by way of Nazi Germany

MONTREAL— The film’s title may have set a record for the longest ever concocted, not to mention the most original and most whimsical: CowJews and Indians: How Hitler Scared My Family — and I Woke Up in an Iroquois Longhouse with a Picture of Jesus, Reminding Me — for the Wrong Reason — That I Owe the Mohawks Rent.

But as titles go, it is quite accurate in summing up this highly unusual and provocative documentary, which plays the Festival du nouveau cinéma Thursday and Monday.

It is also a highly personal film for its writer/director Marc Halberstadt. The term, CowJew, is what his grandfather was called in his native Germany. Simply put: a Jew who toiled in the cattle trade. As for the rest of the doc’s title, it is a reference to the plight of Native Americans with a dollop of Christianity tossed in for good measure. And as hard as it may be to fathom — one really has to connect the dots — this film is intended to induce conversation about First Nations land claims.

The documentary begins with Halberstadt getting the heave-ho from a women’s clothing boutique in a small German town. It turns out that his family was dispossessed of their home — now said boutique — by the Nazis at the onset of the Second World War. His family fled to the U.S. and was eventually awarded a reparation fee of $2,000 for the loss of the home.

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