Think beautiful people, Israeli film, Latin music and hot-hot-hot salsa on Saturday, October 27,when all meet for one spectacular evening at the Thorne Auditorium of the Northwestern University Law School in Chicago beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The screening of Salsa Tel Aviv will be followed by salsa dancing to live music. Refreshments will include an Israeli wine and Mexican tequila bar, plus several different kinds of Mexican salsa served with Israeli pita chips.
The film, Salsa Tel Aviv, is an Israeli romantic comedy by Jorge Weller. It features popular Mexican actress Angélica Vale as Vicky, a single salsa-dancing mom who disguises herself as a nun to enter Israel from Mexico in search of the father of her child. On her flight, she literally falls in with Yoni, a soon-to-be-married Israeli biologist and the two become inextricably linked. Ms. Vale has said that, because her grandfather was Jewish, she feels a “mystical connection” to the Jewish people, and very much wanted to be a part of the film.
Although the event hopes to bring two lively communities together, bi-culturalism is nothing new to either Israel or Mexico. Spanish is the native language of 130,000, close to 3% of the Israeli population. Over 40,000 Jews, including Israelis, currently live in Mexico—mostly in Mexico City, but also in Guadalajara, Monterrey, Tijuana and Cancun.
The event is sponsored by the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema in partnership with the Consulates General of Israel and Mexico, Chicago Sister Cities International, American Jewish Committee, Jewish Community Relations Council and Club 1948.