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Jewish Film Festival Features Stories About South African Jews, Sammy Davis, Jr., And A Cancelled Wedding

Joshua Zinn learns about some the movies featured at this year’s Houston Jewish Film Festival, which runs March 3-18.

A scene from the film An Act Of Defiance
A scene from the film An Act Of Defiance, which tells the story of ten political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) who faced a possible death sentence in a South African court. It’s one of several selections in the 2018 Houston Jewish Film Festival.

The 14th annual Houston Jewish Film Festival runs March 3-18 with a selection of films featuring Jewish or Israeli culture.

Among the many selections in this year’s festival are films about South African Jews in 1963, the life of musician Sammy Davis, Jr., and an Israeli woman who seeks the help of two matchmakers after her wedding is called off.

To learn more about this year’s films, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn spoke with Leah Gross, Nada Chandler, and Amy Rahmani of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center.