And in that context, I was vastly impressed by our film— Veils, by Dan Susman, a young Jewish film-maker. It’s a witty, beautifully crafted short — indeed the quality of its cinematorgaphy left me longing to see it one day on a very large screen. It tells the story of a Jewish bride and Palestinian Arab Groom in North London, but as the IMDB says, it’s not the standard Romeo and Juliet story — not quite. Maureen Lipman heads a strong cast. Janie Booth’s stony-faced Meshugeneh is unforgettably nightmare-inducing.
Made by a typical team of Jews, Palestinians and Bengali Italians, Veils could have been a right old mix-up — but it isn’t. It has powerful intellectual foundations, in which anthropology buffs will recognise the influence of Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities. I don’t want to spoil the film’s twists and subtleties for anyone else who gets to see it, but it doesn’t half make you think of your own assumptions about other people, wherever you belong on the soggy liberal to hardball chauvinist scale.