EcoSalon January Event: A Sacred Duty

Film: A Sacred Duty

FilmMakers: Award-winning documentary filmmaker Lionel Friedberg, in collaboration with Professor Richard Schwartz, Professor of Mathematics.

Date: Sunday 29th January, 2012
Time: 3:00-5:30pm

Location: at the Microsoft Store @ the Westfield Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.

3 hours Free Parking

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Although A Sacred Duty deals with very weighty and serious issues, it ends on a positive and optimistic note, using a collage of dramatic images and inspiring music, to encourage viewers to consider how they can play their part in helping to heal the planet and improve their lives.

Also, A Sacred Duty shows the Israeli university-based environmental group Green Course discussing responses to environmental threats and discusses the “greening” of two American synagogues, so viewers are shown some uplifting solutions.

Q&A and discussion with Mr. Friedberg will follow the screening.

About the filmmakers:
Highly acclaimed, multi-award-winning documentarian, Lionel Friedberg has a background in cinematography including 18 feature film credits as Director of Photography. He has worked all over the world on both dramatic and non-fiction productions. For the past 30 years, he has supervised, produced, written and directed documentaries, reality, investigative report and educational programs, and has garnered many rewards, which include: A Primetime Emmy, a National Emmy, the American Association for the Advancement of Science ‘Westinghouse’ Award for Science Programming, three Columbus and three Golden Eagles for Best Documentaries, and various awards as a dramatic and episodic TV director.

What People Are Saying about A Sacred Duty:
“We at CLAL believe that if Judaism is going to be taken seriously by American Jews and for that matter by all Americans, Jewish wisdom needs to contribute to and to add value to the debates at the center of our culture and politics. This documentary – whether or not one agrees with every detail – is an important contribution to one of the critical public policy conversations facing this country and a serious example of taking Jewish wisdom public. Not only does it offer simple, practical measures for reducing our impact on the planet, it shows how authentic religious responses melded with science can make a major difference in our efforts to reduce global climate change and other environmental threats.”
Rabbi Irwin Kula, President CLAL (Jewish think tank)
CLAL sent DVDs to 2,000 rabbis and other Jewish leaders who have connections to the group

“A Sacred Duty is exquisitely beautiful & heartbreakingly horrific, edifying from its perspective of assuming responsibility & certainly inspires commitment to tikkun olam – I congratulate you on a profoundly holy work, Lionel. Have heard lots about your splendid talent so was expecting the film to be quite incredible but – wow!”
Maryellen Kelley
Director/OMEGA Program
Santa Barbara Community College

A SACRED DUTY will take its place alongside Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and Leonardo di Caprio’s THE ELEVENTH HOUR as another powerful expose of the dangers of global warming. However, it goes beyond the latter two films, by showing how religious responses can make a major difference and why a shift toward plant-based diets is an essential part of efforts to reduce global climate change and other environmental threats.


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