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Arts & Culture
Israeli play Ghetto to tour China E-mail

A Chinese production of the drama Ghetto, directed by Israeli playwright Joshua Sobol, will grace stages in China starting on 5 November, the show’s Chinese promoter Magnificent Culture announced at a press event in September. The play will go on tour to a number of cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Dalian.

Set in the Jewish ghetto of Vilna, Lithuania, in 1941, the play is based on diaries written during the darkest days of the Holocaust. It focuses on the Jewish theatre in the ghetto.

First debuting in Haifa, Israel, in 1984, the drama has been staged in 25 countries and regions, including the US, Germany and the UK, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.

It incorporates traditional Jewish songs with jazz numbers and other traditional songs, all performed live onstage.

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Israeli films showcased in Singapore E-mail

The 26th Israel Film Festival in Singapore took place from 29 August to 2 September. On the programme were five films in various genres. The common theme was how new discoveries lead to new beginnings. As in previous years, the festival was organised by the Embassy of Israel in Singapore.

The opening-night film was Longing, a comedy-drama about parenthood and death in which a bachelor’s life gets turned into disarray when an old flame returns with life-changing news.

The highlight of the programme this year was the Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film and Academy Award nominee in the same category, the animation feature Waltz With Bashir, based on film-maker Ari Folman’s memories of war in Lebanon when he was a teen soldier and how his former army mates cope with post-traumatic stress and guilt in the present day.

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HKJFF celebrates its 19th edition with award-winning lineup of world-class Jewish films E-mail

Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival (HKJFF) returns with its 19th edition and brings world class Jewish-themed films to this Asian metropolis again.

Taking place at the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre from 3 to 11 November, the Festival presents a wide range of 23 films, including feature films, documentaries, comedies and shorts. Many of them are awardwinners or Asian premières.

The Festival also plays host to Q&A sessions with directors and special guests, including Yossi Alpher, a former analyst from Mossad and the Special Adviser to a former Israeli Prime Minister.

The festival will open on 3 November with the compelling thriller Shelter, about a female Mossad agent and the Lebanese informant she is assigned to protect. The film won Best Actress Award of the Israeli Film Academy 2017. Former Mossad agent Yossi Alpher will be “interrogated” after this screening.

On 4 November, Alpher will also host a Q&A session after the screening of The Mossad: Imperfect Spies, which has candid interviews with former Mossad spies, including Alpher.

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