Liberal Israeli filmmakers hope Trump era brings greater acceptance of common struggle

Coinciding with the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the night after the US presidential elections) the Israel Film Festival premiered in L.A. on November 10th. Former Bev Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad tells what Iranian Jews can teach the west regarding the global jihad which US president-elect Donald Trump seeks to thwart through curtailing Muslim immigration to the U.S.

America-Israel relations under Trump? Should Israel Film Festival should portray Israel in favorable light?

Despite liberal Israeli filmmakers penchant for deprecating their society in domestic films, American patrons at the gala fundraiser, Ardyth and daughter Alise, say they expect the Israel Film Festival to select films which depict Israel in a favorable light.

Israel Film Festvial premiere in Hollywood screens Swiss-Israeli director/cinematographer, Raphael Rebibo's film, "Amor," regarding the Jewish dilemma of assisted suicide of terminal patients by relatives. His picture illustrates the conflict between fundamentalist / orthodox religion and liberal society. 

Rebibo says that French speaking countries (including Switzerland) nowadays shy away from showing movies from Israel or Israeli filmmakers.

Meni Yaish, director of Israeli mafia drama, "Our Father" in the style of Quentin Tarantino, talks at the premiere of the Israel Film Festival in Hollywood about bringing Israeli domestic movies to an international market. Do Israeli filmmakers and festivals have a responsibility to represent Israel's public image favorably?

Based on a satire by Israeli author, Ephraim Kishon, Koby Azran produced a parody short-subject movie, "An Average Story" starring Itzik Golan as the demographic, average Israeli which catapults him to above-average celebrity. 

See Israel Film Festival website for show times in Beverly Hills and Encino.

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