The International premiere of Barak Heymann’s documentary film Comrade Dov will be held in New York later this month. The film follows Communist Party of Israel leading activist and former Hadash MK Dov Khenin as he deals with the class struggle in Israel and contends with environmental issues and the occupation of the Palestinian territories.
The film will be screened in the 13th annual “Other Israel Film Festival,” being held for a week in mid November in New York. The festival’s opening night selection will be Philippe Bellaiche and Rachel Leah Jones’ daring documentary, Advocate, a look at the life and work of lawyer Lea Tsemel, who has tirelessly represented Palestinian and Israeli political prisoners for nearly 50 years. An official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Advocate will screen Thursday, November 14 at 7 pm, followed by a Q&A session and the opening night reception.
This year’s festival lineup includes a deeper look into the Israeli judicial system, with moving stories and controversial cases of political prisoners, refugees, and asylum seekers, as well as showcasing more diverse images of Israel’s minority groups (including the Arab-Druze and Palestinian-Samaritan populations) who are often overlooked by mainstream Israeli society and culture, along with inspiring stories of Jews and Arabs coming together.
The “Other Israel Film Festival” runs from November 14-21 at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, as well as Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn, JCC Harlem, and NYU.
For more details on the Other Israel Film Festival: https://www.otherisrael.org/