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16 December 2019 - 18 Kislev 5780 - י"ח כסלו ה' אלפים תש"פ
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HKJFF hits 20 years bringing a wide variety and diversity of Jewish-themed movies E-mail

The much anticipated annual film festival event for Hong Kong’s Jewish community returns as the 20th edition of Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) will take place from 2 10 November at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

This year’s Jewish-themed films offers an incredibly diverse programme, with over 20 feature films, comedies, documentaries and shorts from different countries, including Israel, the US, Canada, Russia, Germany and Ethiopia.

The Festival kicks off with Tel-Aviv on Fire, an awardwinning film about a young Palestinian TV show writer, who is sandwiched between different political views that affect his creativity on how the series should end. Using humour to tackle serious issues, this lighthearted film is not to be missed.

The Festival features titles illustrating different kinds of relationships. Redemption is a moving story about unconditional parental love, friendship and morality. Menachem is a devout man who finds his daughter diagnosed with cancer. He decides to re-form his rock band with his friends to raise money for her expensive treatments. The movie won accolades in various film festivals, including Best Actor Award and Audience Award. Another appealing film is Back to Maracana, a road movie about three estranged family members on a wild journey from Israel to Brazil for the World Cup. The film describes contemporary Jewish family relationships and the charisma of soccer as a universal language.

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