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Locally made documentary “From Philadelphia to the Front” is about to travel to Warsaw next week.

The film about the experiences of local Jewish veterans of World War II, made by two Philadelphians, artist Judy Gelles and Marianne Bernstein, is an official selection of the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival.

The 38-minute video (brief description here) won recognition last month at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. Gelles, who attended the Palm Springs event, said the audience laughed and cried at all the right places and then applauded at the end. The film was the second place winner of the best documentary and runner up for the audience favorite documentary.

The film was also an official selection of the Rhode Island International Film Festival in August, and offical selection for several festivals coming up soon, including the Washington (D.C.) Jewish Film Festival in December, the New York Jewish Film Festival in January, and the Delray Beach Film Festival in March.

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