Israeli Film Festival kicks off March 16

Hadas Kuznits
March 04, 2019 - 4:00 am



PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 23rd annual Israeli Film Festival kicks off March 16 at Philadelphia's International House with a screening of "The Unorthdox."  

Mindy Chriqui, artistic director and founder of the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia, says the films chosen this year address a variety off issues including politics, religion, marriage, parental relationships, death, holocaust survival, family and the Israeli Defense Forces. 

"We're examining this year, I think, issues that are part of the mosaic that makes up Israel," Chriqui said. 

She says many of the films were up for awards in Tel-Aviv's documentary competition known as "Docaviv." 

"The films that we get are the most current films, award-winning films in the Israeli filmmaking industry, and we also are able to get directors. This year, we have four or five directors that are coming in from Israel to be able to speak on their films," she added. 

And she says it takes the board the whole year to curate the lineup. 

"We probably go through a good 30 films to have the eight or nine films that we have," she said.