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Mickey Arbel, Israel’s magnetic ambassador to Cameroon, has worked tirelessly to fulfill his mission to bring Israel’s leading drip irrigation system to the rural villages of the impoverished West African nation. But something is not right: The farmers are not adopting the new technology, despite the fact that it would greatly improve their crops and thus, their livelihoods. The ambassador sets out himself to solve the mystery with surprising, unexpected and at times comical results. Equal parts travelogue, detective story and anthropological study, director Jonathan Paz’s humorous documentary follows Arbel on a journey of discovery that takes him from the lush jungles to the rugged desert terrain of Cameroon’s vast landscape.
The 33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival takes place July 25 – Aug 12, 2013 in San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Oakland. Information and Tickets: www.sfjff.org