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Sat, May 18, 2024

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9th Annual Israeli Film Festival  (Movie / Film)

2:00-3:50 pm
"Fill the Void" (2012)

Synopsis: Shira, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hassidic family in Tel Aviv, is grief-stricken when her older sister, Esther, dies during childbirth. As the family grieves, Shira is pressured to marry her late sister's husband. Shira faces a very difficult decision. Winner of 7 Israeli Academy Awards.

Director: Rama Burshtein.

Runtime: 90 minutes.

Language:Hebrew, with English subtitles.

Presented by Professor Ilana Blumberg, James Madison College.

"Arab Labor" (2013)

Synopsis: Two episodes will be shown of the groundbreaking TV series that combines humor and drama to explore the cultural divide between Arabs and Jews in Israel. In this Michigan premiere of Season 4, Bushra discovers that she is pregnant. Her husband, Amjad, does not handle the news well. On his way to becoming the perfect husband, an exemplary father and a promising member of the Knesset, the road to his dilemmas is always paved with good intentions.

Writer/Creator: Sayed Kashua.

Director: Shai Capon.

Runtime: 50 minutes.

Language: Hebrew and Arabic, with English subtitles.

Presented by Chen Bram, Schusterman Visiting Professor.

5:30 pm
Dinner available for purchase onsite. Catered by Woody's Oasis Mediterranean Deli.

6:30-8:45 pm
"Hunting Elephants" (2013)

Synopsis: This bittersweet farce, about a teenage boy who joins his elderly grandfather and cronies to rob a bank, opened the 2013 Jerusalem Film Festival. Featuring veteran Israeli actors and also British acting legend Patrick Stewart.

Writer/Director: Reshef Levi.

Runtime: 107 minutes.

Language: Hebrew and English, with English subtitles.

Presented by Ellen Rothfeld, Coordinator for the MSU Israeli Film Festival. Co-sponsored by the College of Social Science and School of Social Work.


The 9th Annual Israeli Film Festival is supported by the College of Arts & Letters, College of Social Science, James Madison College, Residential College of Arts and Humanities, the Departments of Linguistics & Languages, English/Film Studies, History, and Religious Studies, the School of Social Work, Lester & Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Student Center, the David Project, the Greater Lansing Jewish Welfare Federation, Congregation Kehillat Israel, and Congregation Shaarey Zedek. In cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest.

Location: 147 Comm Arts [map]
Price: free
Contact: Jewish Studies Program
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