Watch the centerpiece film at the Jewish Film Festival, "The Attack"

The annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival is on, with many intriguing films waiting to be screened! As a sample, and as a followup to the film we saw in May, another human view of the Israel/Palestine drama in "The Attack". We can watch the film, and then, for those who wish to; adjourn to a local cafe to discuss...Please follow the link below and purchase your ticket in advance--this show may well sell out!

By all appearances Palestinian Israeli surgeon Amin Jaafari (brilliantly played by Ali Suliman, (Lemon Tree, Paradise Now) has it all. As an admired and respected member of his profession he has carved a space for himself and his wife Sihem at the crossroads of two troubled societies. Together they have strong friendships with Israelis, absorbing a Tel Aviv lifestyle that rejects traditionalism. Amin and Sihem are ostensibly the best examples of Palestinian integration, and despite some tension in the hospital, Jaafari is blissfully unaware of differences. If we are to believe him, his wife is generally satisfied too. But Jaafari’s world is abruptly shattered when Sihem goes missing after a suicide bombing. As Israeli police evidence mounts, it appears that Sihem could have been responsible. A stunned Jaafari is haunted by how he could have missed the signals. In dreamlike sequences he revisits his most intimate encounters with Sihem looking for clues. Evading the police and following his own intuition he travels alone to the Palestinian Territories to find those who might have recruited her. In the narrow streets and shadowed alleys he becomes an unwelcome visitor. Directed by Beirut-born Ziad Doueiri and based on a popular novel written by Algerian novelist Yasmina Khadra, this highly suspenseful drama bravely enters into the complicated world of redemption and revenge in the Middle East. In the story one understands that Khadra is attempting to illuminate both sides of the conflict. —Janis Plotkin[masked]a92e0633&;

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  • dave b.

    Saw it on my own, missed the invite. The scuttlebutt at the theater was that it will be in wide release late this month or early September. Great and moving film. Capsule review: Prominent Israeli-Arab surgeon, model for Israeli-Arab coexistence (but on Israeli terms), struggles to come to grips with his close family ties to radical Palestinian politics.

    August 6, 2013

    • dave b.

      I said radical, you said fanatic. Bears examination; we disagree on whether someone who considers themselves a radical can also consider themselves humanitarian, a concept I don't have any problem with. If Attack has a crux, that's it.

      August 6, 2013

    • dave b.

      Also, though the Israelis in the film are presented with all the familiar trappings of a liberal life that conforms to my prejudices and makes me feel comfortable, few of them, certainly his female colleague (whose name I've forgotten, but who houses him for a while) come off ultimately as moral people. I thought the film was conceived as a counterbalance to the common Israeli claim that the chief obstacle to peace is unreasonable Palestinian demands, rather than an attempt to show equal humanity, whatever one takes that to mean.

      August 6, 2013

  • Josh L.

    The film was really great. I was pleasantly surprised by the theme and message of the film and it was very well done. Very glad to have seen it.

    August 5, 2013

  • Julie G.

    Excellent, thought-provoking film, with great acting. Enjoyed meeting Josh, seeing the film, and going out afterwards. Missed the other people who RSVP'd, however..what happened?

    1 · August 5, 2013

  • Julie G.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! Did everyone get their tickets?

    August 3, 2013

  • Julie G.

    Note the time change above: I realized we don't need quite as much time beforehand, since the film doesn't start until 6:40. We do need some time to find each other and get in line early. I will be there at 6 pm, wearing a straw hat. Hopefully, the only one with a straw hat...:-)

    August 1, 2013

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