North Louisiana Jewish Film Festival opens April 6

The North Louisiana Jewish Film Festival has announced its slate of films for April 6 to 10. Screenings will be at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport, with each film being shown twice.

The festival will open with special guest Jason Chaet, director of “Putzel,” the festival’s first film. A reception will follow the 6 p.m. screening on April 6. It will also be screened on April 10 at 7:15 p.m.

Putzel is a 30-something Jewish man working in his uncle’s lox store in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, an area that is his entire universe. His dream is to inherit the store his grandfather started when his uncle retires to Florida. But the uncle becomes involved with an unstable woman, putting his goal in jeopardy.

“Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story” documents the story of the only Israeli casualty during Operation Entebbe, a hostage-rescue mission carried out at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976, after members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells hijacked an Air France plane with 248 passengers aboard. The brother of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoni was commander of an elite Israeli army commando unit. It will screen on April 7 at 5:15 p.m. and April 9 at 7:15 p.m.

“Defamation” is Israeli director Yoav Shamir’s provocative and sometimes irreverent look at the question, “what is anti-Semitism today?” It will be shown on April 8 at 7:15 p.m. and April 9 at 5:15 p.m.

“Hava Nagila: The Movie” is a documentary about a Jewish musical staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan, Elvis and Harry Belafonte are among the artists who have performed it. The film follows the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de‐sacs of America. It will be shown on April 6 at 3:30 p.m. and April 8 at 5:15 p.m.

“The Other Son” is the moving and provocative tale of two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. Showtimes will be April 7 at 7 p.m. and April 10 at 5:15 p.m.