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LLL-Israeli Movie Night

Past Sessions
Sunday, August 29, 2021 21 Elul 5781 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Robert Cohen Social Hall
Sunday, August 22, 2021 14 Elul 5781 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Robert Cohen Social Hall
Sunday, August 15, 2021 7 Elul 5781 - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Robert Cohen Social Hall

All three films are in Hebrew, with English subtitles; they were popular movies in Israel, with wide release. They provide insight into what it means to live in Israel right now.

August 15: “Yossi” “Yossi” is actually a sequel: the first film, “Yossi and Jagger” was about a clandestine love between two men in the IDF. At that time, it wasn’t quite accepted to be “out” as a gay man in Israel, particularly for soldiers in combat roles. “Yossi” picks up the narrative ten years later, when there’s a lot more acceptance. The title character is now a cardiologist in Tel Aviv. He is mourning the loss of his first love, Jagger, and not quite comfortable with being “out.” He takes a trip to Eilat to relax and ends up meeting a young handsome soldier who teaches his heart how to love again. Parental warning: frontal male nudity, sexual themes.

August 22: “Fill the Void”   

This movie was directed by an ultra-orthodox woman, and it provides a rare opportunity to see life through her eyes. It tells the story of a family in mourning after a young mother dies suddenly in childbirth. Her widower and her sister eventually decide to marry, in order to provide a stable family life for her surviving infant son.

August 29: "Lemon Tree"  

When the Minster of Defense moves in next to a Palestinian widow's lemon grove, her trees are ordered to be removed as they pose a security threat. She decides to take her case to court, with the help of a young Palestinian lawyer, and gets unexpected support from the Minister’s wife. Parental warning: some violence, though mostly off-screen.   

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