Israeli film lovers in Africa have a special gift waiting for them just after Hanukkah: the first-ever Israeli film festival in Ghana, set to kick off in Accra on December 12.
The festival, a project of the Israeli Embassy in Ghana, will run for three days in the West African country and will be entirely free of charge. According to African news sources, the festival will consist of two screenings a day, with Joseph Cedar’s Oscar-nominated “Footnote,” about a father-and-son rivalry at Hebrew University, being shown alongside a sampling of older Israeli classics.
Ghana and Israel resumed diplomatic relations in 2011 after a nearly 40-year lull following the Yom Kippur War. At the time, Ghanan Ambassador Sharon Bar-Lee told Ynet news that “Israel has two major brands in Ghana – Golda (Meir) and Jesus.”
After next week’s film fest, however, cinema might become a third brand.