Israeli Movies Among 36 to Be Screened at Detroit Jewish Film Festival

'They all link somehow to Judaism or Israel, to our customs and traditions and our peoplehood,' says festival director Rachel Ruskin.

Reuters

A 40-minute Hebrew movie about a Jewish woman who unintentionally helps a Bedouin woman escape from her arranged marriage and a 14-minute Arabic film about two brothers peddling beans are among several Israeli movies that will be shown at Detroit's 16th annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival, which begins Sunday.

"They all link somehow to Judaism or Israel, to our customs and traditions and our peoplehood," festival director Rachel Ruskin said of the movies. "Yet each has its own take, its own perspective and path."

The festival will screen 36 movies that explore Jewish and Israeli life, including biopics like "Koch," about longtime New York City Mayor Ed Koch, and "Hannah Arendt," about the German-Jewish political philosopher, as well as full-length documentaries like "Dancing in Jaffa," about a ballroom dancer who returns to his hometown to teach Jewish and Arab children to dance, and Germany's "The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers," which is based on a book by former Israeli diplomat Yehuda Avner and is about Israel’s strategic relationship with the United States and the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath.

The 40-minute "Wherever You Go" and 14-minute "Tormus" will be among several short films shown during the festival, which continues through May 7.