Closing Night - Iraqi Night
Directed by Adam Baroukh
US, 2018, 13 min, Short Narrative
In Arabic and English with English subtitles
Director Adam Baroukh makes you beam with prideand cringe with discomfort at the same timein this dead-on short comedy about the insular family ties of a typical Iraqi-Jewish community.
After spending his formative years working as a photographer and self-shooting short documentaries, in 2011 Adam co-founded Superplex Pictures as a platform from which to write, produce and direct his own work. Through Superplex he has directed hundreds of commercial films for some of the worlds biggest brands and a number of award-winning short dramas.
Adam works both in visual art and cinematic traditions. In 2015 he was funded by the British Arts Council to create the performance film The Silent Wild at the Bronte Parsonage, and The Brush and the Sword an audio-visual installation for the Shangri-La at the Shard. The same year, he produced his first written film Just Desserts, which played at numerous BAFTA and Oscar qualifying festivals internationally, featured at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, won the Discovery Award at London Comedy Festival and Best Comedy at Isle of Man film festival.
In 2016 his directorial debut Kittys Fortune, a successfully crowd-funded short drama based on the life of Holocaust-survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, premiered at the London Short Film Festival, UK Jewish Film Festival, and London Lift-Off Festival. It was nominated for Best Fiction at this Plymouth Film Festival 2017 and picked up a short film award at the Polish International Film Festival 2017.
Adam has recently completed his first written and directed project The Outer Circle Winner of the 2017 Pears Short Film Fund. He is working on his next projects through the Columbia University Writing and Directing MFA.
March 20th, 2019 7:00 pm
at CJH Auditorium
A riveting documentary, Photo Farag recounts the tale of ten siblings from Iraq who immigrated to Israel and revolutionized photography. Faraj Bilbul started photographing in Baghdad when he was nine years old and continued after he immigrated with his family to Israel. The brothers opened the largest chain of photography studios in the country. Using rare archival footage, nephew Kobi Faraj tastefully embarks on a journey to solve the riddle that is his family.
Pomegranate Award Presentation to Director Lisa Azuelos
Post-screening Iraqi-style Megillah Reading
Post-screening Iraqi Purim Party Reception
Born and raised in Petah Tikva, Kobi Farag is an Israeli actor and filmmaker.
Born to a famous family of photographers, he started his career in the Israel Defense Forces Theatre, as part of an ensemble with Ilan Rozenfeld and Oded Paz. They were his co-creators of the cult series HaPijamot, a sitcom about a struggling band.
He is an actor for the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv and hosts a weekly radio program at the Israeli Defense Force radio beginning in 2012, and has appeared in television series, sketch-comedy shows, and feature films.
In 2016, his debut documentary film about his family Photo Farag premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
March 20th, 2019 8:00 pm
at CJH Auditorium
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