Film & TV

The Miami Jewish Film Festival: Ethiopians on the Run, Jews in Cuba, and Lesson Number One: "Be Nice to Your Mother"

All that television and rap music? Your mother worries you're not seeing enough movies. Fortunately, the 2013 Miami Jewish Film Festival kicks off on Saturday, January 26, and the schedule is more packed with goodness than your stomach after a weekend at home. Cultist spoke with festival director Ellen Wedner about some of this year's highlights. (Speaking of which, would it kill you to call home once in a while?)

"There was an old ad slogan in New York for Levy's rye bread," Wedner told us. "It was: 'You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's.' Well, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these films. You don't have to be one thing or another."

Like most film festivals, there are entries from around the world, but if you're expecting two dozen films featuring Jackie Mason complaining on benches in various world capitals, then you are mistaken, boychick.

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