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Arts & Culture
18th Jerusalem Film Festival E-mail

The 18th Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival (JJFF) took place from 24 to 29 December at the Jerusalem Cinemateque.

It included an international competition, featuring the cinematic adaptation of Nicole Krauss’s novel, The History of Love (directed by Radu Mihaileanu) and the award-winning Austrian/German/French production about the last days of Stefan Zweig, Stefan Zweig Farewell to Europe (directed by Maria Schrader).

In addition, the festival featured a selection of films depicting Jewish intermarriage, accompanied by lectures and conversations with film-makers; live musical performances, including a live singalong event set to a restored version of Fiddler on the Roof; “Great Jewish Minds”, with films about Jewish comedian Jerry Lewis, 19thcentury German painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, renowned television producer Norman Lear, and rock’n’roll producer Bert Berns.

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Oded Davidoff visits Myanmar E-mail

Renowned Israeli film director Oded Davidoff met with film directors and executives of the Myanmar Motion Picture Association in December, to discuss his and their creative processes.

Davidoff showed some of his creations, shared his experiences, and explained his objectives when creating films and the difficulties faced during shooting. A Q&A session followed.

While visiting the country, Davidoff also gave lectures on film making in Yangon and Mandalay National University of Arts and Culture.

Davidoff’s work in film and TV has won him the most prestigious film-making awards in Israel. He produced his first film in 2005, titled Someone to run with. In 2007, he directed a TV series called All Honey, which won him a Best Television Director award. He attended the San Spiegel Film and Television School.

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Suzanne Dellal Centre highlights Chinese performers Print E-mail

The Suzanne Dellal Centre Tel Aviv was the venue for recent celebrations marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and Israel.

A packed audience of local and tourists enjoyed two spectacular performances. The events were presented jointly by the Suzanne Dellal Center, China’s Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of China. From 16 to 21 January, 20 monks from the famed Shaolin monastery in Henan Province, China, performed a show combining the art of kung fu with a spectacular and colourful display of movement.

In addition early February, modern dance troupe the Jin Xing Dance Theatre performed a show starring and directed by Jin Xing, a famous Chinese choreographer who is also an internationally renowned film actress and a beacon of freedom of speech in China. She is followed by millions of adoring fans and is known for being public about her sex change. For this reason, she has become a model of human freedom and expression in China.

(Issue Feb 2017)


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