WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

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Abe

Dir. Fernando Grostein Andrade | 85 min
Narrative Brazil 2018 EnglishArabicPortuguese with English subtitles East Coast Premiere

Saturday, May 181:45 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

Sunday, May 263:00 PM AFI Silver Theatre

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.

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