21 February 2018 - 7 Adar 5778 - ז' אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival returns for 18th time E-mail

The 18th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF), featuring 28 world-class films, is running until 12 November at the Asia Society in Admiralty. Many of the selected dramas, documentaries and comedies are making their Asian debut at the festival, and include films by acclaimed directors and well as works by up-and-coming film-makers.

“This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate’, as the Festival is celebrating 18 years of presenting quality Jewish films to our Hong Kong audiences,” said Debby Amias, Festival Chair. “Each letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value and 18 equates to the word ‘Life’: we are celebrating the life and history of this Festival, and also the great and ongoing achievements in Jewish film across the globe.”

The selection this year includes many films that reflect this upbeat theme, particularly the opening-night drama On the Map, a fast-moving and spirited documentary that recounts how an underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over a series of European basketball powers in 1977 and became national heroes. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Tal Brody, the Israeli-American team captain, and then a burgers- and-beer party on the stunning rooftop of the Asia Society.

Other films that will please sports fans and history buffs alike include the absurd comedy The 90 Minute War, about solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the soccer field, and the weightier documentary Box for Life, which portrays the life story of Auschwitz survivor Noah Klieger, who was forced to box for his life.

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Israel aims to attract Bollywood producers E-mail

In an attempt to lure Bollywood producers to work in the country, Israel sent a senior minister to India in October to meet top producers in the film and television industry.

For a long time now, Israel has been eyeing opportunities with Bollywood, and has been mulling over possible incentives that can be extended to attract them to film in the Holy Land.

Michael Oren, deputy minister for diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s office, went on a five-day trip to India from 6 to 10 October, and met with producers to explore opportunities in the areas of film-making in Israel, scripts, media technology and co-production between India and Israel.

About 20 leading producers, studios and companies, including Yash Raj Films, Dharma Productions, Fox Star, Eros International, Red Chillies Entertainment and Balaji Telefilms, were invited to the meetings.

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Indian and Israeli artists collaborate to empower women E-mail

A male artist from India and a female artist from Israel collaborated in October to present a travelling art exhibition, The Plate and The Palette, in Chandigarh city, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. The exhibition was held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Panjab University.

Madan Lal, a painter from Chandigarh, and Shirley Siegal, an artist, archaeologist and lecturer from Israel, conceived the exhibition with a belief that if women of the Far East join forces with women of the Middle East, a change can be made and a better future can be achieved.

The amalgamation of two different applications of the same concept of female empowerment was put together in a showcase depicting a connection between two ancient civilisations.

“Women can help each other in finding creative solutions to their distress and agony and can empower each other and break the glass ceiling,” said Siegal.

The exhibition depicted a dining room. The dining table was laid with beautifully painted table linen depicting the five essential elements of life: earth, water, fire, air and space. In his works, Lal portrayed “food” as the sixth element that sustains the human body, and created sculptures using different food grains, with geometrical shapes forming the basis of the 25 sculptures.

The table was dressed with plates, cups and cutlery adorned with portraits of women who broke the glass ceiling — the first woman pilot in an Israeli airline, a diplomat preaching for peace, a Nobel Prize-winner… — all created by Siegal.

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