Today begins the 16th edition of the International Jewish Film Festival in Mexico (FICJM) in the Art Room of Cinépolis Centro Magno, which will be available to the public until January 31.
The 16th edition of the International Jewish Film Festival arrives in Guadalajara
The official selection consists of four Israeli productions, a US comedy and two co-productions from South Africa-The Netherlands and Canada-Mexico-Israel. In an interview, Ramón Ramírez, director of public relations for Cinépolis, talks about the main theme of this edition: migration.
"This festival is starting now in Guadalajara because it was already in other places, specifically in Morelia and in Mexico City, starting on January 18. It is one of the few festivals in the country that are traveling in several cities and is the first festival with which we started our participation in one of the 23 or 24 festivals we have during the year.
Something that has this event is that one would expect that the theme had to do with the Holocaust or the Jewish Exodus, issues of the Second World War, concentration camps, genocide, and it is not, although there are always one or two films that touch these issues, because there is also a pending account with humanity and above all that the Jews insist on this subject with the aim of generating not only awareness, but also memory so that this does not happen again ".
"The fig tree" (Israel)
"The challenge" (South Africa- The Netherlands)
"The dissidents" (Israel)
"Pinsky" (United States)
"Being a child again" (Canada- Israel- Mexico)
"Tel Aviv on fire" (Israel)
"Red cow" (Israel)
For this edition, the theme revolves around one of the activities, perhaps more relevant from the beginning of humanity: migration. A phenomenon of cultural mobility that has resulted in societies with their virtues and failures. The theme is reflected in the image of this year, made by the visual artist Frida Harari, who also made the promotional spot for the Festival. Same that uses the butterfly as a symbol of natural migration.
"In this edition of the festival it was decided that migration was the central axis, because it is also a topic that is not foreign to Mexico because we have many years with this word in our minds, for our compatriots who are going to the United States, and now that Caravan migrant puts the attention and eyes of the world to a subject that is happening in countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and that are seeing Mexico as a bridge to seek the American dream or destiny to improve their living situation ", Ramón shares.
It also emphasizes that for the Israeli people and Jews, migration is the way they have changed their lives to get away from danger and racism. "Something I really like about this festival is that it also speaks in a natural way of things that can be very easily identified: everyday life."
More information at https://ficj.org