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Documentary "The Polgar Variant" will show at the IFFP.

March 11, 2015

Israeli Film Festival brings Israeli culture to Philadelphia

Area theaters host diverse array of stories

Each year, the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia brings a selection of films to the city in order to improve our understanding of Israeli society. This year's festival, which is its 19th, began Saturday, March 7, but lasts through Sunday, March 29, so you have plenty of time to see some eye-opening films.

The screenings are held in regional venues like International House in University City, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute and Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr. The nine remaining screenings feature drama, comedy and documentary films. Double-feature screenings are available on select nights.

"The Polgar Variant," a documentary, tells the story of three Hungarian-Jewish sisters raised in Budapest in the 1970s who were driven to become chess masters by their father. "Hill Start" is a family dramedy starring Israeli comic actor Shlomo Bar-Aba. "Apples from the Desert" is a drama in which a young Ultra Orthodox Jewish woman explores secularism.

View a full listing of the festival screenings below.

Apples from the Desert

Saturday, March 14
8:45 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA

Orange People

Sunday, March 15
7 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA

Sacred Sperm

Thursday, March 19
7 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA

The Polgar Variant

Thursday, March 19
8 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy
272 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA
Saturday, March 21
8:45 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
International House
3701 Chestnut St.

A War Story

Sunday, March 22
5 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
International House
3701 Chestnut St.

Seed of Life

Sunday, March 22
7 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
International House
3701 Chestnut St.

The Green Prince

Saturday, March 28
9 p.m. | $13 General Admission, $10 Seniors, Students free
Gratz College
7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park, PA

A Borrowed Identity (Dancing Arabs)

Sunday, March 29
7 p.m. | $18 General Admission, $15 Seniors, Students free
Ritz East
125 S. 2nd St.