They come from 12 different countries, they come in 11 different languages but they all have one thing in common - Jewish culture. Thirty films will be on show at the Second Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival from March 10-18 at Cine-Art House in Wan Chai. And the festival has come a long way in a short time, says festival director Howard Elias. 'Last year we showed only nine films at our community centre in Robinson Road,' Elias says. Attending the Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco last July inspired Elias to expand this year's local event. 'In San Francisco, Jewish films go out into the community and are not just seen among the Jewish,' he says. 'Though the films are about Jewish culture, they will not only interest Jewish people but have interesting stories to tell others as well,' says Elias. 'They are universal.' The 30 selected films come from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa. They include drama, documentaries and animation and were produced between the 1930s and last year. The festival opens on March 10, with September Songs: The Music Of Kurt Weill, a tribute to the life and music of Kurt Weill and the winner of five of the Canadian television industry's Gemini Awards in 1997. Tickets for the shows are $60 each. Discounted ticket packages are available through the festival hotline (Tel: 2554 7070), and full programme details can be found at the festival's Web site - www.hkjewishfilmfest.org .