Kitchen Diplomacy

Abe directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (USA) 2019 is a delicious cinematic treat.


The 12-year old protagonist is the only child of a nonobservant Jewish mother and an atheist Palestinian father. He’s caught between the religious and political demands of bickering extended family members.

After training with a Brazilian chef who adopts Jamaican touches in his cuisine, the young boy plans a Thanksgiving family meal combining both of his cultural traditions in an imaginative way.

However matters get a lot worse before getting better.

Abe screens a second time during the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Sunday morning 28 July 2019 at the Albany Twin.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more information and tickets.

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Fall Film Season

The fall season of the San Francisco Film Society includes a couple of mini-festivals relevant to readers of this blog: French Cinema Now (7 – 10 November 2013) and New Italian Cinema (13 – 17 November 2013) both  at Landmark’s Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore Street (between Clay & Sacramento Streets), San Francisco.


I plan to see three titles from France: A Castle In Italy, Miss And The Doctors, and Rendezvous In Kiruna. And six from Italy: Balancing Act, Garibaldi’s Lovers, The Great Beauty, The Ideal City, Out Of The Blue, and There Will Come A Day.

For more information and tickets see the San Francisco Film Society.

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Pity The Immigrant

Two of the narrative features that screened at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco dealt with the immigrant experience. It’s About To Rain directed by Haider Rashid (Italy/Iraq/UAE/Kuwait) 2012 is about an Algerian family living in Italy that faces deportation. Said and his brother were both born in Florence but after their father is unemployed, the three are ordered to leave the country.


The Last Stop directed by Marcio Curi (Brazil/Lebanon) 2012 begins with the journey of two teenagers, Tarik and his brother, from Lebanon to Brazil. They travel by ship with other young people from the Middle East seeking a better life abroad. As the years pass, Tarik manages to live a fairly satisfying life. But half a century later, facing his impending death, he embarks on a journey to reconnect with his shipmates, especially Ali, who saved him from drowning.

The Last Stop screens again in Los Angeles 18 October 2013. The 17th annual Arab Film Festival resumes this coming weekend in Southern California, returning the following weekend to Oakland and Berkeley before concluding mid November in San Diego. For more information and tickets see the Arab Film Festival.

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