Jewish Film Festival in San Miguel de Allende

This year the International Jewish Film Festival in Mexico brings to San Miguel de Allende an interesting selection of six films to be screened at Teatro Santa Ana Theater, divided into different categories: Tradition, Memory of the Holocaust, Contemporary Israel, Judaism in the Diaspora, Arab-Israeli Relations and LGBT.

The screenings start on Monday, February 10, at 1pm, with the movie Fill the Void, the first professional feature film by Rama Burshtein, an Orthodox Jewish woman. At 3pm the festival will screen Mabul, also known as The Flood, a film about a very special sibling relationship.

On Tuesday, February 11, at 1pm the documentary Here I Learned to Love by the Israeli director Avi Angel will be presented for the first time in Mexico. Angel’s documentary concerns two elderly brothers recalling their travails during the Holocaust. It will be accompanied by the short film Shoes, which traces the personal story of a Jewish girl in the 1930s and1940s from the point of view of a pair of red shoes, starting from the shop window where the shoes were purchased and ending at a mountain of discarded shoes of victims in a mass grave at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Also on Tuesday, at 3pm How to Re-establish a Vodka Empire, an interesting documentary by British Jewish director Daniel Edelstyn, who examines the heritage of his ancestors in Ukraine, will be screened.

Finally, on Wednesday, February 12, the screenings start at 1pm with the movie Cupcakes by Israeli director Eytan Fox, about a diverse group of friends who compete on the TV show Eurovision. At 3pm, the festival closes in San Miguel with The Other Son, a film by Lorraine Lévy about Palestinian and Israeli families whose lives are disrupted by unexpected news.


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