Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival from November 19th to 27th
The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival is Asia’s first festival showcasing the best Jewish-themed films from around the world. Founded in 1999 by Howard Elias, the Festival has screened over 300 features, documentaries and short films from 34 countries in 34 languages and dialects. It has hosted directors, producers, film critics and curators, who have attended the event to showcase their films, educate and offer their opinions to audience members.
Among the topics the Festival has dealt with are Jewish identity, Yiddish classics, the Holocaust, Israel, food, holidays, music, and religious rituals and customs.
The festival this year will be using the Asia Society, Hong Kong Centre as screening venue and will run from November 19th to 27th, 2016, with as main theme : REMEMBER.
4 French productions figures in the festival’s line-up :
1. And then Violence, a short-movie by Jordan Goldnadel (2015)
Rebecca studies law in Paris. She is French, Jewish, and believes, above all else, in secularity. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and in a climate of a fresh outbreak of latent antisemitism that disrupts her daily life, Rebecca goes through an identity crisis. Has she become a target in this country that she loves so much?
2. The Settlers, a documentary by Shimon Dotan (2016)
Since the decisive victory of Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967, hundreds of thousand Israeli citizens settled down in the occupied territories of the West Bank.
Benefiting from an unprecedented access with the pioneers of the movement of colonization and from the current, religious and secular colonists, The Settlers is an in-depth exploration of these communities, which take hostage the sociopolitical future of Israel and Palestine today.
3. Fanny’s Journey, a fiction by Lola Doillon (2016)
Fanny, all of twelve years old, is a tough little nut. But, most of all, she is a courageous little girl who, hidden in a home far from her parents, must take care of her two younger sisters. Forced to flee in a rush, Fanny becomes the head of a group of eight children and sets out on a dangerous mission across occupied France, aiming to reach the Swiss border.
Between fear, outbursts of laughter, and unexpected encounters, the small group learns about independence and discovers solidarity and friendship.
4. Once in a lifetime, a fiction by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (2013)
Based on a true story.
At the Lycée Léon Blum in Créteil, on the outskirts of Paris, a teacher decides to make her weakest 10th grade class sit a national history exam.
The students will be transformed by this experience.
Find the whole schedule and ticketing of the festival here
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