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2020 NFCT International Film Festival

2020 NFCT International Film Festival

Israel’s New Fund for Cinema and TV is commemorating 25 years of funding Israeli entertainment by partnering with IZZY to launch its first-annual international film festival. For three weeks — November 19 through December 9, 2020 — enjoy more than 30 NFCT-supported documentary films below!

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2020 NFCT International Film Festival
  • Spotting Yossi

    Thirteen years after his death, the great actor Yossi Banai comes to life for one final encore, with a cinematic memoir led by his own deep iconic voice. Pieced together from numerous archival sources, Banai directs the spotlight on to his own image.

    Year: 2019
    Language: Hebrew, English Subtitle...

  • WEEK 23

    The daughter of the Bishop is going through a high-risk identical twin pregnancy. After discovering that one of the fetuses died, she is recommended to terminate the pregnancy and kill her living fetus.

    Year: 2016
    Language: English
    Director: Ohad Milstein
    Producer: Ohad Milstein
    Writer: Ohad ...

  • Systema

    A documentary film with a strong esthetic value, following the Israeli synchronized swimming team, observing the individual in its attempt to find a place in a collective.

    Year: 2010
    Language: English
    Directors: Ohad Milstein
    Producer: Ohad Milstein
    Writer: Ohad Milstein

  • Flood

    In the shadow of the flood that took place thousands of years ago, four characters, floating between Heaven and Earth, are confronted with the drought of their land and with the changes of nature.

    Year: 2018
    Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles
    Director: Ohad Milstein
    Producer: Ohad Milstein
    Wr...

  • Death in the Terminal

    After the controversial 2015 terrorist attack in the Beersheba’s bus station, Tali Shemesh and Asaf Sudry set out to tell the story of the people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Their testimonies are incorporated into security camera footage to present a surprising and complex pictur...

  • The Green Dumpster Mystery

    Traveling on his scooter through Tel Aviv, filmmaker Tal Haim Yoffe finds a discarded box of old photographs in a green dumpster. This docu-detective film, slowly unwinds a family history, beginning in Lodz, Poland, and traveling through the Siberian Gulag, a Samarkand sugar plant, a Ha’apala shi...

  • Buried Alive

    Danny Sa’il, who was a member of the Israeli Black Panthers organization, disappeared twenty years ago under mysterious political circumstances. His wife, Mazal Sa’il, is considered an agunah under Jewish law and is forbidden from remarrying without a divorce or clear evidence of her husband’s de...

  • The Patriot

    In recent years Anti-Semitism in France is on the rise. Charismatic leaders such as Dieudonne and Alan Soral, are no longer hiding in the shadows but displaying their agenda in public. Tension is felt on the streets of Paris, but the real battlefield is online, where hatred has no limits or censo...

  • To Die in Jerusalem

    This instant-classic Israeli documentary unabashedly explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the personal loss of two families.

    Year: 2007
    Language: Hebrew and Arabic, English subtitles
    Director: Hilla Medalia
    Producers: Hilla Medalia, Ed Priddy, John Priddy
    Writer: Hilla Medalia
    Music...

  • Sabena Hijacking

    From the writer of "Fauda" comes this intense docu-drama based on the events of May 8, 1972, when four hijackers from the Palestinian organization "Black September" took control of a Sabena commercial airliner from Brussels to Tel Aviv.

    Year: 2015
    Director: Rani Sa'ar
    Producers: Nati Dinnar, Udi...

  • Kosher Beach

    The beautiful coastline of Tel Aviv draws devoted beachgoers eager to find peace and relaxation in the Mediterranean. Among these are residents of Bnei Brak, a closed Orthodox suburb, who frequent a gender-segregated stretch of seaside, closed off to the neighboring gay beaches with a modesty fen...

  • Long Live King David

    Is the Biblical story of David's Kingdom indeed true? This question divides the academic world. Typical of the Holy Land, this academic argument has come to involve politics, religion, and many emotions. The film sets out on a journey to find the answer, and reveals unexpected findings about the ...

  • The Ceremony

    At 80 years of age, Colonel David Rokni is preparing to command a national ceremony for Israel's Independence Day. Just like in each of the last 30 years, he goes through an arduous series of training, routine formation, and foot drills for the traditional military parade, a job no other person i...

  • One Day After Peace

    Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, Robi Damelin later lost her son, who served in the Israel Defense Forces. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa.

    Year...

  • The Darien Dilemma

    A father and his filmmaker son explore an untold story of 1,000 Jews stranded in the winter of 1941 on the frozen Danube, waiting a life-or-death decision to be taken by their would-be rescuer, senior Mossad agent Ruth, and her agents in a hotel room in Istanbul.

    Year: 2006
    Language: Hebrew, Eng...

  • The 5 Houses of Lea Goldberg

    She died 41 years ago, but even today, Lea Goldberg is still an enigmatic figure. She is Israel's most beloved poet, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of the first World War through her magical poetry.

    Year: 2011
    Language: Hebrew, English Sbtitles
    Director: Yair Qedar
    Producer: Yair Q...

  • Alone: The Legend of Miriam Yalan-Shtekelis

    In a tiny apartment in Jerusalem, surrounded by dolls and cats, Miriam Yalan-Shteklis wrote her beloved children's poems. Director Reuven Brodsky uses miniatures created specifically for the film and interviews with her acquaintances to tell the story of the most loved Israeli children writer.

    Y...

  • Bialik: King of the Jews

    "King of the Jews" is a portrait of the most beloved Jew of his day, Chaim Nachman Bialik. By the age of thirty he'd already become the most famous poet in the Jewish world. He spent very few years living in Tel Aviv, but he loved the city dearly.

    Year: 2014
    Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles ...

  • Muray, Shabazi's Riddle

    Very few details are known about Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, but 400 years after his death, Shabazi is as popular as ever and is considered one of the greatest Yemenite poets. The film takes the audience on a journey through the extraordinary life of one of the greatest Hebrew writers.

    Year: 2018
    Lang...

  • A Song of Friendship: Rabbi David Buzaglo

    Rabbi David Buzaglo was the greatest Hebrew liturgical poet of the twentieth century. Born in Morocco in 1903, his literary output had a major impact on a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

    Year: 2015
    Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles
    Director: Rafael Balulu
    Producer: Yair Qedar
    Wri...

  • Levantine

    Director Rafael Balulu goes on a journey in the footsteps of the Levantine thinker and author Jacqueline Kahanoff. Through encounters with her elderly friends in Paris, leading intellectuals in the Mizrachi discourse in Israel and fascinating Levantine women artists, he not only draws a portrait ...

  • Jenny and Jenny

    Jenny and Jenny meet every day; Jenny and Jenny speak every day; Jenny and Jenny correspond; Jenny and Jenny share heartbreaks and happy times. Jenny and Jenny are 17-years-old cousins, living in the town of Bat Yam.

    Year: 1997
    Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles
    Director: Michal Aviad
    Produc...

  • Ever Shot Anyone?

    Thirty-two days in the bunkers, positions, patrol vehicles and barracks with a group of reservists stationed along the Syrian border on the Golan Heights. Gradually, and not without difficulties, they open up to this woman who suddenly “invades” their world, and provide fascinating insights into ...

  • Be Fruitful and Multiply

    Man is commanded to procreate, but it is the woman who is the instrument for fulfilling this purpose. This film follows the stories of four Ultra-Orthodox women and the oppression in Ultra-Orthodox society which ignores their spirituality, emotional needs and inner world.

    Year: 2005
    Language: H...