Kitchen Diplomacy

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

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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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SFJFF 39

 

Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles directed by Max Lewkowicz (USA) 2019 is the opening night film of San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 39 screening Thursday 18 July 2019 at the Castro Theatre.

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The Red Sea Diving Resort directed by Gideon Raff (USA) 2019 is the closing night film at the Castro Theatre Sunday 28 July 2019.

More relevant feature films at this year’s festival are Abe directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (USA) 2019; My Polish Honeymoon directed by Élise Otzenberger (France) 2018; and Army Of Lovers In The Holy Land directed by Asaf Galay (Israel) 2018.

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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Arab Films

The 22nd San Francisco Arab Film Festival screens 12 – 21 October 2018.

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This year’s opening night film is Heaven Without People directed by Lucien Bourjeily (2017) Lebanon.

Subsequent narrative and documentary features will screen at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the New Parkway in Oakland.

The festival includes work from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, and the US.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film And Media Institute.

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Personal Invite

Wajib directed by Annemarie Jacir (2017) Palestine offers a glimpse of Christian Arab daily life in Israel.

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Shadi, a young Palestinian living in Italy, returns home to Bethlehem to help with preparations for his sister’s wedding.

He accompanies his father to deliver all the invitations by hand. Their interactions as they drive from house to house reveal some of their personal differences and their subsequent visits with friends and family only highlight the issues that divide them.

Perhaps the most difficult obstacle to overcome is the stark contrast between those who still live as part of a minority in the place their ancestors have lived for generations and those who chose or were forced to live somewhere else.

Wajib screens again Friday 3 August 2018 at Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael and Saturday 4 August 2018 at Piedmont Theatre, Oakland during San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38.

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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SFJFF38

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 38 opens 19 July 2018.

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Venues include the Castro Theatre, San Francisco; Cinéarts, Palo Alto, Albany Twin, Albany; Piedmont Theatre, Oakland; and Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.

Feature films include: The Sign For Love, Wajib, Scaffolding, Promise At Dawn, Simon & Theodore, and The Last Suit.

For more information and tickets contact Jewish Film Institute.

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Arab Film Fest 20

The twentieth annual Arab Film Festival opens soon in five California cities.

San Francisco 7 – 11 October 2016, Oakland 12 – 14 October 2016, Berkeley 15 – 16 October 2016, Los Angeles 21 – 23 October 2016, and San Diego 27 – 30 October 2016.

Clash directed by Mohamed Diab (Egypt) 2016 is the opening night film at the Castro Theatre. It will be preceded by a reception and followed by a party at Mercer featuring DJ Emancapacion. Subsequent San Francisco screenings will be at the Embarcadero Center Cinema.

Very Big Shot directed by Mir-Jean Bou Chaya (Lebanon) 2015 is the opening night film at Harmony Gold in Los Angeles. Iraqi Odyssey is the opening film at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego.

This year’s festival includes narrative features, documentaries, and shorts from Egypt, France, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Turkey.

For more information and tickets contact Arab Film Festival.

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Shared Dish

Hummus! The Movie directed by Oren Rosenfeld (USA/Israel) 2015 documents a popular Middle Eastern spread.

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Chickpeas (garbanzos) and tahini are the basic ingredients for a dish that probably originated in Egypt. But the Lebanese have strong claims to it.

It’s increasingly appreciated by people from the three major religious faiths in the area and increasingly enjoyed by a very diverse group of both locals and tourists.

Hummus has become an all consuming activity for a widow who took over her late husband’s restaurant, a religious calling for a spiritual seeker, and an adventure for someone unsatisfied with the established business passed on to him by his father.

The documentary hops around from one town to another in its quest for the culinary treat.

The film will be screened three times during the upcoming San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: Cinéarts, Palo Alto Square Saturday 23 July 2016, Castro Theatre, San Francisco Sunday 24 July 2016, and Piedmont Theatre, Oakland Friday 5 August 2016.

Contact Jewish Film Institute for more info and tickets.

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