Documentary focusing on special needs adults wins Best Film award on International Day of Tolerance in Indonesia

BALI, Indonesia: Last week “WishMakers,” a compelling film about the special needs adults who make wine in Israel’s Jezreel Valley, was recognized as the Best Film at the International Film Festival for Spirituality, Religion and Vision. The film will return to be screened for a second time in Jakarta, Indonesia, from December 2 to December 9.

The film was produced and directed by Livingston, New Jersey resident, Cheryl Halpern, a partner at HQ-Creative LLC and co-produced and co-directed by New Yorker, Elena Neuman Lefkowitz, “WishMakers” focuses on the Tulip winery, which partners with the residents of the special needs community of Kfar Tikvah, the Village of Hope.

In heart-warming interviews, these amazing individuals share their personal pride at being integral members of a successful winemaking team as well as their joy in knowing that profits from their WishMaker wine goes to the Make A Wish Foundation-Israel to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Halpern produced “WishMakers” for its universal message of tolerance and communal responsibility. The documentary is a testimonial to individuals who personify the values of respect, dignity and compassion for one another regardless of ethnicity, gender, age or physical or mental handicaps.

“The residents of Kfar Tikvah and the Tulip Winery family serve as reminders that each of us have the ability to use our own talents to improve our communities and to do good deeds for others,” she said. “I am especially proud of the film’s reception in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation.”

In recognition of her efforts, Mrs. Halpern will receive the Woman of Tolerance of 2016 award in Jakarta on December 12.

In addition to the Jakarta screening, “WishMakers” is scheduled to be screened next month in Cape Town, South Africa and Aspen, Colorado.- PRNewswire

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