PCC student films premiere; Tucson Israel Festival

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Some film students got a chance to show off their hard work Sunday at the Pima Community College west campus' Center for the Arts.

The PCC students premiered a total of 17 short films. They also showed a film called "Byline," which was produced by students in the advanced cinematography location audio and film post-production classes.

"I think there's a really vibrant film making community here and there's a lot of opportunities. There's some really great actors and there's some other people who are, are really interested in making film," said PCC film student Chris Raboin.

More than 25 students participated in the film productions.

And Sunday was the annual Israel Festival.

The event included music, a parade, food and games for the kids.

It also featured an exhibit called "63 Years of Demonstrating Democracy."   It provided information about Israeli political parties.

"It's the only Jewish state in the world, it's the only homeland of the Jewish people and we're celebrating it and we're very happy because Israel has achieved a lot in those 63 years," said Guy Gelbart from the Weintraub Israel Center.

The event was sponsored by the Weintraub Israel Center, the Jewish Federation and the Tucson Jewish Community Center.