Festival is a treat for the city’s film fans

Film Mr Kaplan features a 76-year-old's bid to expose a Nazi in hiding
Film Mr Kaplan features a 76-year-old's bid to expose a Nazi in hiding
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movie-buffs in Leeds can look forward to viewing some “quirky” features as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival, which kicks off today.

The event aims to bring the best of current Jewish and Israeli cinema from more than 20 countries to UK audiences.

Organisers UK Jewish Film said: “Film is universal. It crosses cultures and divides and as such has the ability to unite, engage and educate diverse audiences, through the telling of cinematic stories that provide stimulating, interesting and unique views of Jewish and Israeli life and culture.”

Leeds has been involved in the event – the largest Jewish festival in Europe – for almost 10 years.

Helen Frais, cultural director of Makor, organiser of Jewish-related cultural events in Leeds, urged film-aficionados to catch one of this year’s offerings, describing them as “quirky” treats. She added: “They’re quite unusual films, often with subtitles – it’s a different experience.”

Seven Arts, in Chapel Allerton, is showing Magic Men on November 11 and Mr Kaplan on November 18. The Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre (MAZCC) in Moortown is screening Above and Beyond on November 16 and Kidon on November 23. Leeds is one of just five UK cities holding screenings, along with London, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

The festival ends on November 23. Go to www.ukjewishfilm.org/festival/18th-uk-jewish-film-festival/calendar/#city-leeds for tickets or pay on the door.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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