Temple Beth-El Arts Committee to host summer Jewish Film Festival beginning June 13

The Arts Committee of Temple Beth-El of Ithaca will hold its annual Jewish film festival with a series of three films this summer. It will take place in the social hall of the temple, located at the corner of Court and Tioga streets in Ithaca, on three Wednesday evenings. The line-up includes “Shalom Bollywood” on June 13, “The Sturgeon Queens” and “Bagels in the Blood” on July 25, and “The Band’s Visit” on August 22. Doors will open at 6:30 pm for free refreshments and socializing. The films will begin at 7 pm. Tickets will cost $8 at the door (check or cash only). All films are appropriate for children ages 10 and above. Teens are encouraged to attend.
“Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema” (India, 2017) is a documentary revealing the long history of the Indian Jewish community and the role that Jewish women played in the shaping of India’s movie industry. Because Hindu and Muslim women were not allowed to perform on screen, Jewish women starred in the films for decades.
“The Sturgeon Queens” (USA, 2014) and “Bagels in the Blood” (USA, 2016) are two documentaries concerning food purveyors: Russ & Daughters Jewish Gourmet Grocery Store in lower Manhattan and Montreal’s Fairmount Bagels. “Wait until you taste the refreshments!” said festival organizers.
“The Band’s Visit” (Israel,2007, Arabic, English, Hebrew with subtitles) is now a Broadway musical. Come and see the original Israeli film about eight Egyptian musicians, comprising the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, who arrive by mistake in a small town in Israel’s Negev Desert.
The film festival is brought to Ithaca through Menemsha Films, 7th Art Releasing and Sony Classic Pictures. For further information, call 257-9924.