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  • Yes, Miss Commander!

    This film chronicles the events in an Israeli military training camp for boys with a criminal background. What is extraordinary about the program is that the chief officers are all women. They give orders to the recalcitrant and rebellious boys and force them to do more push-ups if they do not do...

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  • Exodus - The True Story

    This is the story of three orphaned kids who in the end of World War II return home to discover they have no home and no parents. With no family left, they realize the only safe haven for them is Palestine. After a journey of two years across a shattered Europe and with help from the French gover...

  • God's Messengers

    A first-time, powerful inside look at the group of Jewish settlers who inhabit the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad. They believe that they are the connector to the narrative of Jewish history. Religious devotion, and Zionist fervor propel this group towards violence and extremism. Despite daily sq...

  • Crossings

    An intimate portrait of the military service of Israeli soldiers who serve as security examiners at the checkpoints surrounding Jerusalem. Despite their resistance to the assignment, they are in constant friction with the Palestinian population. For the first time in their lives they are exposed ...

  • Beneath the Helmet

    A coming-of-age story which follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country. At the age of eighteen, away from their homes, family and friends, they undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who t...

  • Mekonen - The Journey of an African Jew

    The film follows the backstory of Mekonen Abebe, a new commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, as he returns to Africa to explore his roots, make peace with his past and embrace his future in Israel.

    Year: 2016
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles (use CC to activate)
    Director: Rebecca Shore
    Pro...

  • Hummus - The Movie

    Restaurateurs, musicians, politicians,... everyone loves hummus. A story of faith, community and growth is told through the lens of a dietary staple and superfood: hummus! This documentary shows how food can bring people together.

    Year: 2015
    Languages: English, Arabic & Hebrew, English subtitles...

  • Why I Moved to Israel - Aliyah Story

    In this short film, Noam Leibman answers the classic question that every Oleh Chadash is asked: "Why did you make aliyah?".

    Year: 2022
    Language: English, Hebrew & English subtitles

  • Chazak - The Story of Yudi Dukes

    The inspirational story of Rabbi Yehuda Dukes as he battled COVID-19 in New York City.

    Year: 2022
    Language: English

  • Arik Lavie - Why Didn't You Say So?

    Yael Lavie, the daughter of Arik Lavie, one of Israel's most celebrated national singers, explores his turbulent childhood in Germany, the abandonment of his mother during the rise of the Nazis and his tortured relationship with women and his country.

    Year: 2017
    Language: Hebrew, English & Hebre...

  • The Last Fisherman in the Sea of Galilee

    An intimate and spiritual encounter of a Japanese director and a member of the Makuya community, which believes in both the Old and New Testament, as he follows an Israeli fisherman in the Sea of Galilee. The director has had only one question since his childhood: Why did Jesus choose his first d...

  • One Shot

    This is the first time ever that snipers of the Israel Defense Forces were given permission to be interviewed for a film. After five weeks of training an Israeli soldier can become a sniper if he chooses to. Snipers are part of every combat unit. The war scenes in the film were taken by combat so...

  • Lebanon Dream

    When we first meet Samir Farhat, he is a successful Lebanese businessman profiting by importing luxury goods from Israel into Southern Lebanon during Israel's long military foray there (from 1982 to 2000). Farhat, a cross between Brecht's Mother Courage and a character in a Greek tragedy wears wh...

  • Concrete

    The Israeli Defense Force operation "Cast Lead" in Gaza wasn't covered by the media due to a military embargo. For the first time, Israeli soldiers who took part in the conflict in 2009 speak out about their actions.

    This program may contain strong language and/or violence. Viewer discretion is ...

  • Uri Lifshitz

    Artist Uri Lifshitz's studio has remained as it was during his lifetime. Nothing has been moved: his brushes, his paints, furniture, manuscripts and of course the paintings – three floors packed with 2000 forlorn works of art. Over the years, the Jaffa studio was visited by friends and intellectu...

  • Life Sentences

    An Arab man marries a Jewish woman. They live in quiet harmony within the Arab-Jewish community with their son and daughter. After it is discovered that the father is behind dozens of myserious terror attacks in the late 1960s, the mother flees the country with her kids to the other side of the w...

  • Lieber-Man

    The meteoric rise of Avigdor Lieberman was the first sign of a new era in the state of Israel and with it, the fall of "the old elites," the right wing trend, and the emergence of "the second Israel" as the dominant political force. But Lieberman himself, who immigrated at the age of 20 without a...

  • There Are No Lions in Tel Aviv

    The story of the chief Rabbi of the Jewish community of Copenhagen, who would come to be known as "Rabbi Doolittle". Arriving in Tel Aviv in 1936, Max Shorenstein left his honorable position, in order to fulfill a longtime dream: to build a zoo and teach the children of Palestine-Eretz Israel, th...

  • Kosher Beach

    The Kosher Beach is a gated 100-meter strip of beach in Tel Aviv with dedicated days for women and men to bathe separately. It’s only a half hour drive from Bnei-Brak, a closed Orthodox city, but for the "Brave Bunch", a female Orthodox sisterhood from Bnei-Brak, it’s light years away. It’s their...

  • My Herzl

    In this intimate and surprising documentary, two brothers-in-law - one a filmmaker, the other a collector of Theodor Herzl's memorabilia - explore the legacy of Herzl's life and career.

    Year: 2013
    Languages: English & Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Eli Tal-El
    Producers: Tal-El Productions &...

  • Foundations

    History declares the longstanding presence of Jews in Jerusalem, though outside influences have wrestled to rule this very sacred place since its beginning. This episode offers a look at the history this city is built upon, and what it has to say to us today.

    Year: 2019
    Languages: English & Hebr...

  • Walking Through Fire

    Overcoming disabilities and painful loss, Yaakov Guttman rose to create his own destiny.

    Year: 2018
    Language: English
    Producer: SINAI Schools

  • A Tale of a Woman and a Robe

    The Mikveh ritual is the final step in the process of joining the Jewish people. The converts, both men and women, are required to immerse themselves in the Mikveh in the presence of three rabbinical judges, while the women wear nothing but a robe. This ceremony served as the basis for the "'A Ta...

  • Fluchkes

    Over the course of a year, a group of women in their 70s and 80s confront the intense demands of the art of dance and refuse to conform to any stereotypes about aging. They open up about their lives, rivalries and sexuality, and share an unquenchable thirst for life, art, and self-expression.

    Th...

  • The Binding of Yitzchak

    Did Yigal Amir know that during Israel’s Security Agency's initial interrogation, on the night he assassinated Yitzhak Rabin, he was almost killed by an agent charged with protecting him? It's the first time this story has been told.

    This program may contain strong language, nudity, and/or viole...