The Other Israel Film Festival starts today (video)

The fest explores the challenges faced by minority groups in Israel with documentaries, narrative movies, panels and more

Dancing in Jaffa

Dancing in Jaffa Photograph courtesy JCC

The Other Israel Film Festival returns to New York for its seventh year today, running until November 21. The event is focused on exploring the lives of Israel’s minority populations, and will be presenting a slate of documentary and narrative films made by or about Israeli Arabs. In hopes of fostering a discussion about the films' topics and themes, each screening will be followed by a Q&A or panel conversation, featuring guests like Michael Moore and CBS correspondent Bob Simon.

Highlights of the festival's program include Dancing in Jaffa, a documentary following a ballroom-dancing class that mixes Jewish and Palestinian preteens (watch the trailer below), and Arabani, a family drama that marks the first-ever feature by an Israeli Druze filmmaker.

Also of note: In conjunction with the festival, rightfully popular NYC storytelling group the Moth will be presenting a night of Jewish and Arab Israeli speakers on the topic of being a “fish out of water.” That's happening Monday, November 18 at the JCC (8:30pm; $12).

Screenings occur in theaters throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn; visit the festival’s website to see the schedule and purchase tickets ($12).

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