Israeli film fest, Arab music come to Philly

    Two events highlighting the best of Middle East culture come to Philadelphia today.

    The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia opens today, Saturday, Feb. 25, and continues through April 1. It presents feature films and documentaries that focus on Israeli society, past and present. It kicks off this weekend with “Intimate Grammar,” based on the novel by David Grossman (who most recently visited WHYY’s studios for a Radio Times interview with Marty Moss-Coane in October 2010), and “Dusk,” a fast-paced Best Debut Film. First screening is tonight, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. at the International House, 3701 Chestnut Street.

    Also tonight, the Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture’s Arab Music Concert Series continues with Emmy-nominated composer Kareem Roustom, who’ll present video excerpts of his film compositions followed by an ensemble of cello, flute, violin, viola, and clarinet performing two instrumental pieces and ending with the U.S. premiere of “Abu Jmeel’s Daughter,” a narrated work composed to accompany a traditional Arab folktale.

    You can find more information about the concert, tonight at 8 p.m. at Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, here.

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