I am a freelance writer, editor and teacher based in north London.
The Jewish Film Festival celebrates the best film making from the Jewish community around the world. If, like me, you enjoy a trip into world cinema from time to time, this could be a great opportunity to experience a different culture from the comfort of the Curzon.
A Beautiful Valley
The events will be held in a variety of locations around the city including the BFI, the Everyman in Hampstead and The Barbican, and include screenings, guests talks and short film days. There are also workshops for emerging film makers to participate in and a balloting system for audience to vote for their favourite feature or documentary.
There is a film for everyone. A Beautiful Valley tells the tale of an aging kibutz worker whose life demonstrates the strain of past and present. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea tells of a love affair between adolescents in Israel and Palenstine. That Woman is set closer to home, in London town, and focuses on the life of Danny who, following a break up, is set up on a date with a deeper consequence than he could ever imagine.
A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
All the films on offer demonstrate the richness and diversity within the Jewish experience in many countries. The festival is a great opportunity for me to learn more about this culture and its questions and contradictions, as well as enjoy some contemporary cinema from award winning directors.