Friday, April 17, 2009

Mini-Israeli Film Festival

May 16th, 17th, 20th
in honor of Israel's 61st Anniversary!

Films Include "Shiva", "Arab Labor" and "It's Now or Never"

The Mini-Israeli Festival is co-sponsored by:
Palo Alto JCC Israeli House

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ShivaIn this emotional rollercoaster a fascinating portrait of a Moroccan-Israeli family is painted as mourners gather for the traditional seven days of mourning (shiva). The intensity of this situation is a catalyst for more than just emotional support and communal grief. This film Boasts an impressive cast of some of Israel's best actors including Keren Mor, Yael Abecassis, Hana Azoulay-Safrari, Hanna Laszlo, Moshe Ivgy and Alon Abutbul.

Arab Labor

Arab LaborA satiric sitcom written by Israeli-Arab Author Sayed Kashua, broadcast on prime time Israel television. The show is about a young Arab couple, Amjad and Bushra, and their young daughter, who live in an Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Amjad is a journalist who desperately seeks to assimilate into the prevailing Israeli Jewish cultural milieu with mixed and hilarious results.

It's Now or Never

It's Now or Never The resolution on the partition of Palestine was adopted by the UN on November 29th, 1947. While all Israelis were dancing and celebrating, David Ben Gurion, the leader of the new Jewish entity remained ambivalent - after 2000 years in the Diaspora the statehood is in reach, yet the threat of Arab armies invading the Jewish lands in Palestine was very real. This dramatic re-enactment starring Yossi Kantz as David Ben Gurion depicts, step by step, the crucial and dramatic six months before the state of Israel was inaugurated.