AJFF Film: An Israeli Love Story – Fri. Nov. 16th, 1:30PM, Museum of Natural History

The film An Israeli Love Story is based on the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary from Nahalal and Eli Ben-Zvi the son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi the second president of the State of Israel. The film is set during the turbulent period of pre-state Israel 1947-1948. Margalit (Pnina Gary) meets Eli by chance on a bus and instantly falls in love with him. She tries to get close to him, hoping he’ll fall for her, but Eli is too preoccupied with the Palmach* and with smuggling Holocaust survivors into Palestine. Finally, the barriers come down and a compelling relationship develops between the two. Margalit moves onto Eli’s kibbutz, Beit Keshet, and they set up a date for their wedding but Israel’s harsh reality intervenes. *Elite fighting force of the Haganna underground army during the British Mandate

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