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Fourth annual Docu.Text starts August 19 with spotlight on Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Haven’t had the chance yet to see “RBG,” the new documentary about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Now’s your chance.

Jerusalem’s National Library is hosting its fourth-annual Docu.Text film festival on August 19-23, with a selection of timely films reflecting on international figures and scholars.

First up at the festival is the screening of “RBG,” followed by a conversation with Israel’s own legendary female Supreme Court justice, Dalia Dorner, who will discuss her relationship with RBG.

There’s also the acclaimed film “Itzhak,” which takes a look at the life of violinist Itzhak Perlman and will be followed by a conversation with the head of the Itzhak Perlman Program in Israel and a concert by some of its graduates.

The festival will also screen “Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah,” about the filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, who died earlier this summer. Lanzmann was perhaps best known for his seminal work, “Shoah,” and the screening will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi, a professor of German history at Hebrew University.

Other worthwhile events include the screening of “The Poetess,” about female Saudi poet Hissa Hilal, who wears a burka and whose subversive, bold poetry criticizes the oppression of woman and religious extremism in the Arab world. The screening will be followed by a conversation about feminist poetry in the Arab world.

The final event of the film festival is an outdoor concert with Ehud Banai and the Refugees.

Docu.Text is a collaboration with the Tel Aviv Cinematheque’s Docaviv Festival with the support of the New Fund for Cinema and Television and private funders. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Docu.Text website.

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