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Arts & Culture
Eurovision superstar Netta performs to a live crowd in China E-mail

Israeli singer and artist Netta Barzilai, who shot to instant fame after winning Eurovision 2018, performed live on Chinese television as part of annual festival.

An estimated 500 million viewers last month were introduced to her brand of pop music as part of the Zhejiang Satellite TV Autumn Festival.

She performed her hit single Nana Banana alongside Naomi Wang Ju, a singer whoafter winng her own stint on music television last year on Produce 101- has been dubbed China’s Beyoncé.

“I just can’t believe how fortunate I am. I got a CRAZY opportunity to sing my song in front of 500 million people that know nothing about me — live on Chinese television. It felt so surreal,” Barzilai posted on Instagram.

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Israeli film awarded a prize in Iraq Print E-mail

Ashmina, a film by Israeli director Dekel Berenson, won the International Short Film Jury Prize at the fourth Slemani International Film Festival in Slemani, Iraq.

The annual festival event runs from the 1-7 October in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The festival showcased around 150 films from 78 countries and has attracted filmmakers, actors, journalists, and programmers from many other international film festivals

Ashmina tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who lives with her family on the outskirts of Pokhara, Nepal, the paragliding capital of the world, and was inspired by the director’s own experiences visiting Pokhara and seeing children working there.

The film has already won several awards around the world, including the Best Short Film at the 36th Jerusalem Film Festival, which ensures it will be eligible for Oscar consideration.

(Issue Nov 2019)

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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