Milwaukee Film Festival rolls out films of Jewish interest

The 2019 Milwaukee Film Festival will be showing a handful of Jewish and Israel-related films at various theaters around the area from Oct. 17-31.

“Abe” is about a 12-year-old boy who explores his love of cooking. But with one Jewish grandparent and two Palestinian grandparents, he’s been placed at the center of a conflict. “Abe” runs Oct. 26 at 10:15 a.m. and Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.

Poster image of Abe by Fernando Grostein Andrade, an official selection of the Kids program at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

“Advocate” explains the Israel/Palestinian conflict through the eyes of an Israeli human rights lawyer. This film will be showing Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 4 p.m.

“Fig Tree” and “Synonyms” are about an Ethiopian teen fleeing to Israel from civil war and Jewish immigrants to Paris, respectively. “Fig Tree” is on Oct. 20 at 1:15 p.m., Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. and Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. “Synonyms” is on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. and Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.

Young people are their authentic selves in the shorts program covering topics including youth in Israel and Palestine. The shorts program is Oct. 19, 20 and 27.

For more information about tickets, venues and movies, visit MkeFilm.org.