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Arts & Culture
Award-winning puppet play showcased in the Philippines E-mail

When All Was Green, an award-winning a non-verbal puppet show, was performed in Manila in May by Israeli artists Dikla Katz and Avi Zlicha of Key Theatre in Israel. It told the heart-warming tale of a boy and a tree, and depicts both the generosity of nature and the greed in a man’s heart.

Inspired by Shel Silverstein’s book The Giving Tree, it highlights the importance of maintaining balance and living in harmony with nature. The show was presented in the Philippines in celebration of the 60th Friendship Anniversary between the two countries. It was staged in various locations across the city, including the University of the Philippines, and tickets were free.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Yulia Rachinsky-Spivakov, deputy chief of mission of the embassy, said they brought When All Was Green to Manila to reach the Filipino youth and instill the importance of sustainability in their young minds.

“We support the idea of sustainability and sustainable development, which is part of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations,” she said. “We believe that we need to take care of our environment, and this specific performance is touching this topic in a very good manner, so all ages can relate.”

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The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival Print E-mail

The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) will take place this year from 26 July to 5 August.

Since its founding in 1984, JFF has become a significant international platform for the presentation of Israeli cinema and the exposure of the best of world cinema.

For 11 days, more than 200 films will be screened, offering a rich and varied programme, alongside numerous professional events for members of the film industry from Israel and abroad. Each year, the festival’s Gala Opening Ceremony takes place at the Sultan’s Pool, an ancient water basin that has been turned into an outdoor amphitheatre with spectacular views of the Old City walls. On opening night, which attracts thousands of viewers, the selected opening film is screened on an enormous screen in the presence of worldrenowned film directors and actors, local and international members of the film industry and the general public.

Additional events include nightly parties at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, outdoor screenings and festival activities throughout the city.

For details visit: http://www.jff.org.il

(Issue Jun 2018)

On the Spectrum wins top prize at television festival in France E-mail

The new Israeli television series On the Spectrum won the top prize at the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France, in May.

The Hebrew-language show, about three 20-something roommates with autism living together in an assistedliving apartment, was awarded the Best Series prize. It was produced for the YES satellite broadcaster, and was screened in Israel for the first time on 22 May.

The festival called the show “a funny and moving gem of a series that is carefully crafted and full of humanity, offering a bold new take on the autistic condition,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

It is the ninth year of the festival, which serves as a showcase for international TV professionals. Last year, YES also won first place at the festival for its court drama Yes Your Honor, a legal thriller. Showtime bought the rights to the show.

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