FALLS CHURCH, VA- The Israeli Film Festival, featuring three films of Duki Dror premier on MHz Worldview Mondays at 9 p.m. ET beginning October 11.
The three films are: Raging Dove, The Journey of Vaan Nguyen and My Fantasia. Funding for the preparation of the films for public television was provided by The Israel Film Center at the JCC in Manhattan.
Raging Dove (airs on Monday, October 11th at 9 p.m. ET) tells the story of Palestinian-Israeli-American world champion boxer Johar Abu Lashin. Undefeated, he decides to defend his title - first in his hometown of Nazareth, then in Gaza, Palestine - and unwittingly orchestrates his own downfall, as the quagmire of Middle-East politics deals him the fatal blow.
The Journey Of Vaan Nguyen (airs on Monday, October 18th at 9 p.m. ET) features the father of five Hebrew-speaking Israeli daughters, Hoiami Nguyen. He never imagined that he would end up so far from his home village of Bong Son in central Vietnam. Political circumstances and the roulette of life have washed him to the shores of Israel. His daughter – Vaan is caught between her wild and stormy Israeli spirit and the expectations to be a modest and obedient Vietnamese at home. Hoiami brings Vaan with him to Vietnam to reclaim the lands of their family, in the remote village at the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.
My Fantasia (airs on Monday, October 25th at 9 p.m. ET) is director Duki Dror’s own family story. The three Darwish brothers, who emigrated from Iraq to Israel in the 50’s, established the family factory “Fantasia” - a menorah factory. For a time period of 50 years they designed, manufactured and shipped Chanukah menorahs for the entire world and now…the family factory is about to close down. Duki, who is the son of the youngest brother, is starting to embark on a journey that unravels the history of his family, going back 100 years. The story weaves memories from Iraq and Israel - two homelands, two languages, two identities, two enemies.
Born in Tel Aviv, educated at UCLA and Columbia College in Chicago, Duki Dror has been examining Israeli society, disassembling it with powerful stories triggered by cultural, political and ethnic dilemmas. His films are parables of identity in the 21st century’s merging world. The three films all involve immigration/identity issues, are in various languages and have English subtitles.
The Israeli Film Festival (www.israelifilmfestival.tv) was created by founders Cynthia Zeiden, Zeiden Media (www.zeidenmedia.com) and Zygote Films (www.zygotefilms.com). The mission is to bring real stories of Israeli people through the eyes of Israeli filmmakers to American audiences via public television stations to broaden the cultural knowledge they have of Israel and the Israeli people. The initiative includes some live outreach screening events with Duki Dror. A second set of Israeli films will be offered to PTV stations in 2011.
The Israeli Film Festival can be watched on MHz Networks 1 in the Washington, D.C. metro area on digital broadcast channel 30.1, Comcast cable 271, Cox cable 470, RCN cable 30, Verizon FiOS 451, DirecTV 2183 and 972, and Dish Network 8077.
Throughout the nation, MHz Worldview is available in over half the top-20 U.S. television markets- nearly 34 million households- through broadcast/cable affiliates in: Los Angeles/San Bernardino- KVCR; Chicago, IL- WYCC; San Francisco, CA- KCSM; Philadelphia, PA- MiND TV (WYBE); Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, OH- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL- WCEU; Charlotte, NC- WTVI; Nashville, TN- WNPT; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN (statewide); Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo/Beaver Creek, MI- WGVU; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- Vegas PBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Plattsburgh, NY- Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE); Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Moline, IL (Quad Cities)- WQPT; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Rochester-Austin, MN- KSMQ; Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ; St.Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable.
The Israeli Film Festival also blankets the U.S. satellite footprint through MHz Worldview on DirecTV and Galaxy 19 satellite on Transponder 27 (channel 949).
The Israel Film Center at The JCC in Manhattan (www.israelfilmcenter.org/) is a leading resource for Israeli film, with the goal of expanding Israel's emerging film industry and promoting Israeli culture in America. The center serves as an exhibitor, promoter, educator, funder, distributor, producer, network organizer, advisor, and festival producer, as well as includes a viewing library and on-line database of Israeli cinema.
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