The Jerusalem Film Festival: Cinephilia Among Sirens

July 14, 2014 4:21 PM

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The Jerusalem Film Festival: Cinephilia Among Sirens

It's impossible to report from the 31st Jerusalem Film Festival without acknowledging the political tension: just before the opening ceremony this past Thursday evening, the sound of a siren alerted everyone to take shelter because another rocket aimed at Jerusalem had been fired by militants from Gaza.

Israelis seem to take in stride the need to move quickly and quietly to sheltered areas, and then return to normal life minutes later. When another siren was heard on Saturday evening, those of us about to attend screenings at the Jerusalem Cinematheque calmly moved indoors and downstairs, and then ...

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