12th Israeli Film Festival Comes to Ottawa in June

(Via WireService.ca) The 12th Israeli Film Festival is set for June 4th-14th at Carleton University’s River Building Theatre, featuring “a selection of award-winning contemporary Israeli films” according to Canadian Film Institute Executive Director Tom McSorley. The CFI, with the Israeli Cultural Film Forum, is presenting the festival. All films presented are Ottawa premieres.

However, the opening selection, Dancing Arabs, has played elsewhere in Canada and been reviewed in The National Post; we’ve also written about it here and here.

The other three films to be screened are:

  • Apples from the Desert (2013), directed by Arik Lubetzky and Matt Harari. IMDB says this is the story of an Orthodox Jewish mother and daughter’s “life-changing journey between worlds.” June 7th.
  • Above and Beyond (2014),  directed by Roberta Grossman, the first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 Arab-Israeli War. June 11th.
  • The Dove Flyer (2013), based on a novel by Eli Amir, and directed by Nissim Dayan. This is the story of the most ancient Jewish community in the world – the Jewish community of Iraq. It centres on a young Kabi, who becomes a central activist in the Zionist underground, thus enabling the immigration of the Jews of Iraq to Israel. (No need to wonder why it’s also been released as Farewell Baghdad.)

All screenings begin at 7:00 PM. The River Building Theatre is at 43 Campus Avenue, at the corner of University Drive. Ticket sales will begin half an hour before each screening; prices are $13 for general admission or $9 for CFI Members, seniors and students.

 

 

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