2014 Israeli Film Festival

The Israeli Film Festival, supported by the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange (AICE), is back for its 11th year at Palace Cinemas across the country – including Canberra, where the festival kicks off on 19 August.

A diversity of the best in Jewish cinema is showcased. This year’s selection cuts across the spectrum of human emotion, tells the stories of characters big and quiet, and represents a wide range of values and religious beliefs.

The festival opens with Cannes award-winning director Shira Geffen’s Self-Made (2014), about an Israeli and a Palestinian woman who inadvertently and seamlessly swap lives.

The line-up includes a swath of documentaries such as Rita Jahan Foruz (2013), which follows the famous Iranian-born Israeli singer as she records her first album in Farsi and dazzles in a series of performances, and In Between, about a couple’s struggle to adapt to the changes brought about when the husband converts to ultra-orthodox Judaism.

To discuss this year’s offerings, I spoke to former Executive Director of AICE, Keith Lawrence, who has been involved with the Israeli Film Festival since its inception.

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Visit the AICE Israeli Film Festival website for the full line-up:

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