Temple Israel plans Israeli Film Festival


From left, Abdallah El Akal and Stephen Dorff in the Israeli film ‘Zaytoun,’ which is part of Temple Israel’s 15th annual Israeli Film Festival. Photo: Eitan Riklis/Strand Releasing

On Sunday, April 30, the community is invited to Congregation Temple Israel’s 15th Annual Israeli Film Festival, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy two Israeli films and Israeli-style refreshments and a presentation all about modern life in Israel during intermission. 

The film festival is open to the entire community. Guests are welcome to attend one or both films. Masking is optional. A $5 donation requested. RSVP required at www.ti-stl.org/Films or by phone at 314-432-8050. 

The schedule of events is:

• 3:30 p.m.: Screening of the film “Abe.” With the help of a Brazilian chef, a 12-year-old boy who dreams of being a cook tries to find the ideal recipe to break down the cultural barriers that divide his half-Israeli and half-Palestinian family. The film is 85 minutes and is in English. It is suitable for kids in grade 4 and above. 


• 5 p.m.: Intermission.  Enjoy Israeli-style refreshments and a 5:45 p.m. presentation all about modern life in Israel by St. Louis’ Shinshinim (young adults who serve as international ambassadors prior to serving in the Israeli army). 

• 6:15 pm: Screening of “Zaytoun.” In Beirut, 1982, a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond. The film is 110 minutes, in English, Arabic and Hebrew, with English subtitles. The film is suitable for middle school and above. 

This program is co-sponsored by Temple Israel’s Israel Engagement Committee and the St. Louis Israeli community.