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“Israeli Film Festival”
Part of the Kennedy Center-wide “Art of the State: Israel at 50” salute, this fest presents 14 programs—mostly features, but also shorts and a lecture by Amy Kronish, curator at the Israel Film Archive/Jerusalem Cinematheque. Among the highlights are three films featuring either actress Gila Almagor or her story: She plays her own mother in The Summer of Aviya, an account of a young girl’s reaction to her Holocaust-survivor mother’s memories (pictured, March 2 at 8:30 p.m.). The searing Under the Domim Tree, based on Almagor’s life, follows a group of adolescent orphans in ’50s Israel (March 3 at 6:30 p.m.). Almagor, who will introduce all three films, also appears in Sh’chur, a portrait of a traditional Moroccan-Jewish family (March 3 at 9 p.m.). Director Uri Barbash will introduce Beyond the Walls, a stereotype-busting account of a prison shared by Arab political prisoners and Jewish criminals (March 5 at 6:30 p.m.), and The Kastner Trial, a docudrama about a Hungarian Jewish leader who negotiated with the Nazis to save thousands of lives, only to be accused after the war of collaboration (March 8 at noon). Actor Moshe Ivgy will introduce Lovesick on Nana Street, in which he plays an eccentric, overeager suitor (March 5 at 9 p.m.); Cup Final, a soggy-humanist fable about Palestinian and Israeli combatants who bond over soccer (March 7 at 8:30 p.m.); and The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field, a modern adaptation of the classic Jewish play (March 8 at 9 p.m., at which director Yossi Somer will also appear). At the Kennedy Center’s American Film Institute Theater. $6.50. (202) 785-4600. (Mark Jenkins)