WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Fernando Grostein Andrade | 85 min
EnglishArabicPortuguese with English subtitles
East Coast Premiere
Saturday, May 181:45 PM Bethesda Row Cinema Pre-sale only*
Sunday, May 263:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre
*Saturday screenings before 6:00 PM are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.
In this delectable charmer fresh from Sundance, twelve-year-old Brooklynite Abe navigates the complicated identity issues that arise from having a Jewish-Israeli mother and a Muslim-Palestinian father. While political skirmishes play out across the dinner table, Abe’s focus is squarely on the kitchen itself, where the cultural fix he seeks is of the food fusion variety. When he meets the Brazilian chef Chico, who emphatically believes that “mixing flavors can bring people together,” Abe is inspired to prepare a Thanksgiving feast to help is family bridge their differences.
Mixing youthful idealism, the healing power of food, and a dash of Brazilian rhythms (featuring two new tracks from Seu Jorge), Abe is a genuine delight.
May 18 screening followed by a conversation with co-writer Jacob Kader.
Jacob Kader is a writer, director, and producer.
He made his Off-Broadway debut as Co-Author of Food and Fadwa at New York Theater Workshop in 2012. The play has been translated into Arabic and has been produced or had a staged reading in Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Iowa, and Minneapolis.
Jacob’s feature script Small Victories was selected for the Jordan Film Commission/Sundance Institute RAWI Screenwriting Lab in 2009. His short thesis film, Quarter Magic, premiered at the 2011 Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. His projects have received support and development grants from The Jerome, Edgerton, and Robert Sterling Clark Foundations.
He started out as a production assistant on commercials and indie films and can still navigate NYC in a cube truck. Received his MFA from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family.
Festivals and Awards
- 2019, Sundance Film Festival
- "An appetizing fusion of diverse influences." ― The Hollywood Reporter
Genres and Topics
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This event finished on May 27, 2019.