Houston Jewish Film Festival

Monday, Mar 8, 2021

Online
Houston, TX 77096

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Celebrating 17 Years of the Best Jewish and Israeli Films

New promising, entertaining and exceptional award-winning films are featured in this annual festival, which brings Jewish lives and stories to the big screen. With venues across town, the Festival, now in its 17th year, shines the spotlight on Jewish and Israeli culture, art and history.

Schedule:

Sky Raiders

Directed by Lior Chefetz
Israel, 2019, 103 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Family

Thirteen-year-old Yotam and his mother move to a new town following the death of Yotam’s pilot father in an airplane accident. There he meets a classmate, Noa. Both want to fly planes but neither Yotam’s mother nor Noa’s father want their children to have anything to do with flying. But the two discover an old plane from the early days of Israel’s existence and secretly work to refurbish it, ultimately with the assistance of a curmudgeonly old-timer and together, to the dismay of everyone else, manage the impossible. Charming and heartwarming, Sky Raiders is suitable for the entire family.

Menachem Begin: Peace and War

Directed by Levi Zini
Israel, 2020, 87 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Documentary

This documentary explores the contradictions of Menachem Begin, Prime Minister of Israel from 1977 to 1983 through archival footage not seen previously and interviews with his contemporaries from his past. Begin was a warrior, a member of the Haganah, as well as a peacemaker, a signatory to the historic treaty between Egypt and Israel. He had his supporters and detractors. The film gathers and presents the evidence of his rise to power and how he used his power. Whether for good or ill, the verdict is up to the viewer.

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