The Jewish heart of the Jerusalem Film Festival

The 2018 Jerusalem Film Festival, which opens on July 26 and runs through August 5 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and other venues around the city, has always featured movies that illuminate Jewish life and history. The festival will open with a screening on Thursday night at the Sultan’s Pool Amphitheater of a new Israeli film about the founding of the […]

A ‘White Beast’ in Karmiel

As many choreographers will admit, an artist often gets carried away during the creation process. Things that were meant to be simple become complex, hours in the studio run long and decisions become hard to make. Perhaps it is because of these confusions, these momentary blips in the plan, that the finished product in any dance work is almost always […]

True to himself

It’s difficult to comprehend that, at age 49, Ziggy Marley is 13 years older than his famed father, Bob, was when he died in 1981. The elder Marley almost singlehandedly brought reggae music from Jamaica to the rest of the world, as he became the global symbol of fist-waving, ganjasmoking Rastafarian freedom. Be the first to know – Born David, […]

Stepping up the rhythm

Years ago, friends took me to a salsa club in Brooklyn. Down a short set of metal stairs, tucked away from the bustling street, a whirlwind of movement, color and sound was revealed. At first, I hugged the wall, trying to make sense of the rhythm. But then a hand was outstretched to me and for what felt like hours, […]

Top 10 things to do

1. FAST, SLEEK, AND FUN Mission: Impossible – Fallout lives up to the “impossible” part of its name by setting yet another high mark for insane set pieces in a franchise full of them. An Impossible Mission Force mission goes wrong, so that Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his team must protect the world from a fresh nuclear threat. But […]

Shorts, stars and archive gems

The Jerusalem Film Festival, which runs through August 5 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and other venues around the city, offers a huge number of films – more than 100 – which include features, documentaries, short films, animated films and special events. Choosing among them may be daunting. Often, movies will have their world premiere at the festival, so you can’t […]

Warming up to greatness

Brine smell engulfs the viewer near the suspended works of Moshe Roas. “I was walking on Palmahim Beach collecting materials,” he explains, “a rope from a shipping container here, a dead turtle there, when I saw a factory for Torah scrolls.” Torah scrolls are made from lamb and other animal skin; with 10 lambs needed for a scroll. “The interesting […]