12th Israeli Film Festival

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The Embassy of Israel in partnership with the Ayala Cinemas will be holding an Israeli Film Festival, with the opening to be held on Thursday, 19 December 2013. The festival now in its twelfth year runs through Saturday, 21 December 2013.

Showcasing the Israel's wide diversity, award-winning and acclaimed Israeli films were brought in for the delight of the Filipino people and local Jewish community to showcase the many facets of Israeli culture and society.

The festival's opening day will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony to be led by Ambassador Menashe Bar On, his spouse, Eti Bar On and the guests of honor, the cast and crew of Filipino indie film "Transit" directed by Ms. Hannah Espina and produced by Mr. Paul Soriano.

The recently-named Philippine Oscar submission features teenage actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith as Yael, an Israeli-born Filipina struggling with her cultural identity. The emotional drama puts the audience in the shoes of Filipinos in Israel.

Aside from the strong bonds of friendship between Israel and the Philippines, the Film Festival will touch upon the lives of different cultures and lifestyles in Israel: modern and traditional; Arabs and Jews; religious and secular, among others.

Opening this year's festival will be a former Oscar submission on its own – "Footnote". The award-winning film explores the troubled relationship between a father and son who teach at the Talmud department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Other feature films include: Things Behind the Sun, Mabul (The Flood) and Restoration. The Festival will be open to public screening from 20 – 21 November.

Greenbelt 3
Esperanza St. corner Makati Ave., Ayala Center
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Thursday December 19, 2013 7:00 PM


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