The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia marks its 17th year of celebrating Israeli culture and society through cinema.
This year’s varied program of feature films and documentaries will be performed at several venues throughout the Philadelphia area from March 2 through March 17.
The festival kicks off on Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m., with the screening of The World Is Funny and an opportunity to meet the film’s director, Shemi Zarhin, at a special reception following the movie at International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia.
The cost of admission is $18 per person, $15 for seniors.
The film, which like most of the festival offerings is presented in Hebrew with English subtitles, has been nominated for 15 awards by the Israeli Film Academy. It documents the misadventures of three estranged siblings whose lives are changed by the unveiling of some long-buried family secrets.
The movie will be shown again on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m., at International House, preceding a free screening of three short films produced by students at Tel Aviv University’s department of film and television.
A falafel dinner will be served to all in attendance.
Israeli Film Festival chairperson Nurit Yaron hopes that the free dinner is an enticement for film fans to stay for the screening of By Summer’s End, a movie set in the summer of 1978, a month before the signing of the Camp David peace accords.
General admission is $12, $10 for seniors.
Yaron is excited by the high caliber of this year’s offerings. “It is our goal to be both entertaining and informative,” she says, emphasizing that this year’s selections — feature films, dramas, comedies and documentaries — are award-winning and have received wide recognition both in Israel and abroad.
She is grateful for the generous organizational support she has received from both the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Center for Israel and Overseas and the Consulate General of Israel in Philadelphia and contributions from a number of individual and corporate partners.
For more information about the films and screening times for all of the Israeli Film Festival offerings, call 484-904-5421, or visit: iffphila.com.