23 October 2018 - 15 Heshvan 5779 - ט"ו חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Philippine Film Festival showcased in Israel Print E-mail

Four highly acclaimed Philippine-made films were showcased in Israel in July as part of the first-ever Philippine Film Festival to be held in that country.

One of the films screened at the Cinematheque movie theatre in Jerusalem was An Open Door, a documentary about President Manuel L. Quezon’s policy to create a safe haven in the Philippines for Jewish refugees from the Holocaust.

The opening film on 8 July at Cinematheque Tel Aviv was On The Job, a gritty crime thriller that was featured at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, where it received a standing ovation at its first screening. The Philippine Film Festival wrapped up on 29 July with Die Beautiful, a comedy-drama about a transgender beauty queen’s final request to be made up as a different celebrity every day during her wake.

(Issue Sep 2018)

Chinese cooking classes the way forward E-mail

Chefs and cooks from hotels and restaurants in Israel have been taking classes in Chinese cuisine over the summer months.

In a hot and steamy kitchen in the coastal Israeli city of Herzliya, a group of Israeli cooks huddled around Zhao Bin, a prominent Chinese chef, who explained in detail how to make a traditional Chinese dish: fried meatballs. Following Zhao’s instructions, each participant was required to make the dish on their own. Some made their own subtle changes to the dish, while others chose to stick carefully to the original recipe, hoping for the approval of Zhao.

The event, one of several master classes held at various cooking and hotel schools in Israel, was organised by the Israeli Tourism Ministry in an attempt to sustain the growing influx of Chinese tourists to the Jewish state.

Indeed, the past three years have witnessed a sharp surge in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Israel, according to Israeli Tourism Ministry statistics. In 2017, a total of 113,600 Chinese tourists visited Israel.

The potential for attracting more tourists from China, which is Israel’s top source of tourists, is so huge that the Israeli government is taking measures to cater to the specific dietary needs of the Chinese tourists, in the hope of making them feel at home.

“Chinese tourists are different from the tourists we are accustomed to from Europe and the US,” said Efrat MeirGroman, Director of Vocational Training in Tourism at the Israeli Tourism Ministry. “We noticed that when it comes to food, we have a disadvantage because the Israeli food is very different from what they are used to,” Meir-Groman said.

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Filmmakers visit India E-mail

The Embassy of Israel in India in August hosted renowned Israeli filmmakers Professor Sami Shalom Chetrit and Rani Blair for a series of lectures on filmmaking and cinema for students and faculty in India. They also held workshops and encouraged exchange programmes between Israel’s Sapir College and Indian film schools.

Professor Chetrit and Mr Blair are the heads of the School of Audio & Visual Arts in Sapir College, Israel, who chose to locate their art in southern Israel as a philosophical approach, seeking to challenge the widely accepted dominance
of creativity in the
central region.

During their visit to India they visited Marwah Studios (Noida), Amity University (Noida), O.P. Jindal Global University (Sonipat) and the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (Kolkata).

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