Big League Jews
You went to a bar mitzvah once. You played the dreidel in grammar school. You learned about Judaism by watching Fiddler on the Roof, Schindlers List, and comedienne Sarah Silverman. With that kind of education, youre still clueless about the Jewish experience.
Time to get your Gentile booty down to the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festivals opening event, which features Mediterranean food, traditional music from Pam Beitman, and the Arizona premiere of A Matter of Size; a comedy about an unemployed Israeli chef who travels to Japan and becomes a sumo wrestler.
Some people mistakenly think a Jewish film festival is all about the Holocaust, says artistic director Roni Zee. That is not the case. She's right: this years flicks run the gamut, ranging from a documentary on Maria Altmann to The Debt, a Hebrew-language thriller thats being remade with Helen Mirren as the star.
Sat., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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