Three Cities

It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia Suleiman (Palestine/France/Qatar/Germany/Canada) 2019 presents a sly parody of three cultures seen through the eyes of a film director.

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Suleiman plays the main character in the film begining in Bethlehem with personal exchanges between him and his neighbors.

Much of the story takes place in a surrealistic Paris before moving on to New York, and concluding back home in Bethlehem, which has changed very little during his absence abroad.

It Must Be Heaven is a slow-paced, meditative work requiring a degree of patience to fully enjoy.

The film screened twice in the Bay Area during the 23rd Annual Arab Film Festival ending today.

Contact Arab Film And Media Institute for more information.

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Arab Film Fest

It Must Be Heaven directed by Elia Suleiman (Canada/France/Germany/Palestine/Qatar/Turkey) 2019 is the opening night narrative feature of the 23rd Arab Film Festival 11 October 2019 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

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Subsequent film programs over the next nine days of the festival will take place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco and the New Parkway in Oakland.

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

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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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