Israeli Film Series

Immigrant Stories

Join us for the debut of the 14Y Israeli Film Series — a new film festival at the Theater at 14th Street Y!

This festival depicts the life stories, dramas and surreal moments of new immigrants to Israel in their efforts to adjust to their new society and to each other. The stories reflect an experience of a cultural melting pot which is universal, and yet, in its essence, very Israeli.

General Admission: $20
Includes entry to the film + post screening talk back, a light snack, and drink of your choice!

Three Film Pass also available for only $45!
Film Pass

Mekonen movie

Mekonen: The Journey of An African Jew

Tuesday, November 26 | 7:30 PM
Run time: 45 minutes + Panel Discussion

Screening to be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ophir Tal, Israeli Shaliach.

This documentary follows the backstory and personal journey of Mekonen Abebe, a young African-Israeli Jew, once a young shepherd in Africa and now a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces. The film accompanies Mekonen back to Africa on an emotional journey as he explores his roots, makes peace with his past and embraces his future in Israel.

Following the film, there will be a talkback moderated by Ophir Tal, the Shaliach from Israel. The talkback will deal with themes relating to the film- Immigration, Jewish identity, race and lessons we can learn from the story of Mekonen.

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Sallah Shabati

Sallah Shabati

Tuesday, January 28 | 7:30 PM
Run time: 110 minutes + Panel Discussion

Screening to be followed by a panel discussion moderated by a DJL Partner (TBD)

This 1956 social satire film portrays Sallah Shabati (Played by Haim Topol from Fiddler On the Roof) a Mizrahi Jewish Immigrant, arriving with his family in Israel. Upon arrival, he is brought to live with his family in a broken down, one room shack in a transit camp. His comical money-making schemes, aimed to achieve adequate housing, satirize the political and social stereotypes in Israel of the time.

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Turn Left

Turn Left At the End of the World

Tuesday, June 2 | 7:30 PM
Run time: 110 minutes + Panel Discussion

Screening to be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ophir Tal, the Israeli Shaliach. Please note this performance is suitable for ages 18+

The year is 1969, and into a small town in the Israeli desert inhabited mostly by Moroccan immigrants come a few Indian families who have immigrated to Israel seeking a better life. In order to assert their identity, the Indians put together a ragtag cricket team. The Moroccans, who take the game as a ritualistic act of condescension, do their utmost to disrupt the gameplay. Much hilarity ensues in this comic drama as old enemies cross cultural barriers.

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