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Elie Tahari documentary wins the Audience Awards at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2022

One of Florida's most prestigious film festivals, the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, has announced the Audience Awards winner of the 32nd edition of the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival. The winner is David Serero's feature documentary film on fashion designer Elie Tahari.

"The United States of Fashion Designer Elie Tahari" is the first feature documentary directed and produced by David Serero. He has already received the award for "Best Director on a Documentary" by the Berlin Indie Film Festival, Honorable Mention at the London International Film Festival and the Robinson Film Awards, Award of Merit at IMPACT Docs Awards, four awards at the Cinema of the World, including Best Feature Documentary and Best Director and, Best Producer Award at the Eastern Europe Movie Awards. He also won the Best Fashion Documentary at the London Fashion Film Festival. In addition, he was selected in dozens of film festivals across the world.

Fashion Designer and Mogul Elie Tahari has lived the American Dream for more than 50 years. He came to New York in 1971, from Israel, with less than $100 in his pocket, slept on benches in Central Park, and went on to build a billion-dollar fashion empire. There are thousands of fashion companies worldwide, but only three have lasted for more than 45 years globally and are still run by their founders: Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Elie Tahari.

The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival stated: Without you, we would not have the opportunity to showcase exciting, diverse, and important Jewish content to our audience. We all had to overcome many hurdles and had to quickly adjust to a new way of bringing the festival to our audiences virtually, but we managed to pull off a great season. As a result, our Film Festival was able to bring joy, engagement, and entertainment to hundreds of homes throughout our community.

The United States fashion designer Elie Tahari was selected for several film festivals in Florida, including The Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, The Miami Jewish Film Festival, The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, and the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival. In addition, it will have its New York Premiere at the NY Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, which David Serero produces, on April 4th.

David Serero is a critically acclaimed and awards-winner opera singer, actor, director, and producer. He has performed more than 2,500 performances in more than 45 countries, directed and produced nearly 100 theatrical productions, starred in over 100 films and TV series, recorded and produced over 100 albums, and played more than 50 lead and title roles (in several languages) from the opera, theatre, and musical repertoire. In New York, he starred Off-Broadway in iconic roles such as Shylock, Cyrano, Othello, Barabas, Yiddish King Lear, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Romeo, Nabucco, as well as new works such as Napoleon by Kubrick, Queen Esther, Anne Frank a Musical, among others. In his native Paris, he also starred as Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) and Happy Mac (Beggar's Holiday by Duke Ellington). He entered the prestigious Who's Who America for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In 2019, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Morocco Day Distinguished Achievement Award, the Trophy of the Culture of Morocco, and was named among the fifteen most influential Moroccans worldwide by Morocco's airline Royal Air Maroc. David is a member of the Recording Academy and the Television Academy and a voting member of both the Grammys and Emmys. In 2020, David Serero received the UNESCO Award for Diversity in Paris and became an Honorary Member of the United Nations of Arts and Science. In 2021, he won 4 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Performer of the Decade, Best Producer of a Musical of the Decade, Best Producer of a Play of the Decade, and Best Opera Singer of the Year. He was awarded the Certificate of Recognition by the Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, for his contribution to the City's dynamic cultural landscape, enriching the vibrant performing arts sector, and uplifted and inspiring diverse New Yorkers.

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