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23 October 2019 - 25 Tishri 5780 - כ"ה תשרי 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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Exhibition detailing Jewish roots in Israel displayed in Hong Kong school Print E-mail

St. Stephen’s College in Stanley, Hong Kong, recently featured an exhibition on the history of Israel, entitled “People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land”. It was co-commissioned by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

A total of 25 panel displays of text and visuals illustrated the history of the Jews and their land, spanning a timeline of over 3500 years and showcasing Israel’s history from ancient times to date.

It is was part of the school’s guided tour of the Heritage Trail, which was also open to the public during 26-29 September. Ahuva Spieler, Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong, attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at St. Stephens College with the Principal Ms. Carol Yang.

The US based Simon Wiesenthal Centre is a global human rights organisation dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. It recently established a travelling exhibition division that visits all parts of the world for educational resources. Its three landmark exhibitions have been displayed in the Vatican, on Capitol Hill, at the UN and other parts of the US and the world.

(Issue Oct 2019)

 
Israel and Vietnam hold a folk concert Print E-mail

On 25 August, Israel and Vietnam Folk Harmony took place in Lao Cao, Hanoi, as part of joint National Day and August Revolution anniversary celebrations.

Co-organised by the Lao Cai Provincial People’s Committee and Israel’s embassy in Vietnam, the event is an annual art and cultural exchange programme between the two countries. The programme included 12 performances; established Israeli dance group Hora Shemesh participated alongside Lao Cai province’s ethnic art troupe, providing the Vietnamese audience with a lively perspective on Israeli life and culture.

Through the performances, the audiences had the opportunity to engage with Israeli folk music culture which originated from many parts of the world, all converging in Israeli dances. Meanwhile, the Lao Cai province’s ethnic art troupes presented to the audience special dance performances imbued with the cultural identity of Northwestern Vietnam.

(Issue Oct 2019)

 
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