DME Sun & Stars Int'l Film Festival to Present BELLA! about Bella Abzug, July 24 in Boynton Beach

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - May 21, 2024 - PRLog -- West Palm Beach, Florida (May 21, 2024)The Donald M. Ephraim Sun & Stars International Film Festival© (SASIFF) is presenting a special summer screening of Bella!, an award-winning documentary about trailblazing Congresswoman Bella Abzug, on the 104th anniversary of her birth July 24 at 4 pm at Cinemark Boynton Beach 14.

"Part of our mission is to bring thought-provoking films to Palm Beach," said SASIFF Founder Donald M. Ephraim. "I can only imagine what a firebrand like Bella Abzug would make of this election year and our hope is that this sparks audience interest on both sides of the political aisle."

In 1970, Abzug entered Congress ready for a fight. With her trademark hat and Bronx swagger, the first elected feminist upended the Washington patriarchy, battling for women's equality, civil rights, and LGBTQ+ protections. Using never-before-seen home movies, audio diaries and a vast trove of newly discovered news footage, Bella! also features new interviews with Barbra Streisand, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Lily Tomlin, Maxine Waters, Shirley MacLaine, Phil Donahue, Marlo Thomas, Charlie Rangel, Scott Stringer and David Dinkins.

The audience will have the opportunity to meet the film's writer-director Jeff L. Lieberman who will participate in an audience Q & A following the film, which was the 2022 winner of the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.

Celebrated documentary filmmaker Ken Burns called Bella!, "One of the most energetic and wonderful films," while The New York Times reported the film "Illustrates the merciless challenges of electoral endurance event for the fiercest fighter."

SASIFF returns for a new season with screenings at the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (Jan. 23-Jan. 30, 2025) and EVO Entertainment Delray (Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2025).

Now entering its third year, the SASIFF is overseen by Artistic Director Barbara Scharres, the former director of programming at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cinemark Boynton Beach 14 is located at 1151 N. Congress Ave. in Boynton Beach. Tickets to Bella! are $14 and may be purchased at For more information, call 561.220.6735 or email

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