The Quest for the Missing Piece follows a gay man in Tel Aviv as he comes to grips with his identity and his bris. (Hence, the missing piece.) Jews are not known for proselytizing, but You Never Know is a documentary about a prolific Jewish musician, Schlomo Carlebach, who was sent to Frisco in the 60s. His task: to convert hippies with song. The reverse happened the Orthodox establishment cast him out when he fell in with flower power.
There are other gems. The Galilee Eskimos is about a bankrupt kibbutz: the residents have fled, leaving behind only the old people in the rest home. Ben-Gurion Remembers is an up-close look at Israel and includes interviews with Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, and other Zionist heroes. It Kinda Scares Me is another homage to Israels 60th, but it has a gay flavor and stars a whole load of hot Mediterranean men. The films run from December 9 through 18. Tickets cost $11 or less. For complete listing and times, visit mi.israelfilmfestival.com, or call 877-966-5566.
Dec. 12-18, 2008