Film Events at the J


The Barshop Jewish Community Center of San Antonio has grown from presenting films once a year at the annual Jewish Film Festival to being a flourishing year-round arts organization, with programs and screenings taking place throughout the year.  


The Prime Ministers, Part 1: the Pioneers

Screenings in conjunction with Week of Israel

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 7:00 PM | Barshop JCC Auditorium

Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 1:00 PM | Barshop JCC Auditorium

About the Film

The film is based on the best-selling novel, "The Prime Ministers", published in 2010 by former Ambassador Yehuda Avner. Ambassador Avner is a very dynamic figure and he is featured prominently in the film. The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. Part 1 brings viewers into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat and Margaret Thatcher. The Prime Ministers is an enthralling political film, and a precisely crafted prism through which to view current Middle East affairs.

Film Details

Director: Richard Trank

Country of Origin: USA

Language: English

Running Time: 114 min.

Year: 2013

Genre: Documentary

Subjects: Jewish History, Academic, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Biography, Israel

Links and More

Official Website

Official Trailer

New York Times Review

The Jewish Journal Review


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For more information about past JCC Film Events or to inquire about future events, email Aliyah.

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