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  • Uri Zohar: The Return

    The poster boy of Israeli avant-garde cinema, Uri Zohar, left the entertainment world to become an ultra-orthodox rabbi. Decades later, he is back at the helm, to make a new film. For the first time, he shares his own life story. The riveting portrait of a filmmaker-turned-rabbi is spiced up by s...

  • Marrying an Ice Cream Factory

    Velvel, Ranni’s father, was a poor orphan, who married Raya Strauss and began working in the family owned factory (which started as a small dairy farm and became one of the biggest food conglomerates in Israel). 8-millimeter reels, discovered after his death, arouse questions that lead Ranni to e...

  • South Wind on Hilton Beach

    This documentary reveals the history of surfing in Israel and creation of a Tel Aviv subculture, which turned its back on the Israeli nature and for a brief and special moment, became the leading youth trend in Israel. It is a film about being Israeli, and trying to escape from it.

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  • Photo Farag

    The emotional tale of a big family that revolutionized photography in Israel, from their rise to their downfall. Using rare footage, Kobi Farag embarks on a journey to solve the riddle that is this family.

    Year: 2016
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Kobi Farag
    Producer: Mosh Danon

  • 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.

    This program may contain strong ...

  • Torn

    Can you be a Catholic priest and an Observant Jew at the same time? 12 years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest comes the discovery that he was born to Jewish parents. The film follows his amazing journey: from conducting mass in a church in Poland, to life as an observant Jew in a...

  • Jerusalem ER

    Hadassa Hospital is located in the ethnically charged buffer zone between Jerusalem's Palestinian and Israeli communities. This is the story of its ER, as seen through the eyes of two female doctors, a Jewish immigrant from Chile and a Palestinian Israeli from the north of Israel.

    This program m...

  • Touching the Sky

    Female Israeli soldiers have had the right to apply to flight school for over twenty years. But only few have earned their wings, with the issue of gender still a major topic for cadets, officers and within society at large. We follow the young women who made it to the IAF’s most exclusive progra...

  • H.I.Jew Positive

    "I've got it... I am H.I.Jew positive," a young Polish student summed up his feelings when he found out he was Jewish. Stories like that abound in Poland as many people have discovered that their parents kept their true identity hidden from them — the fact they were Jewish, second and third-gener...

  • Last Stop

    A vast and perplexing labyrinth lies right in the heart of Tel Aviv, at the Central Bus Station. Living in and around it are thousands of refugees, children of migrant workers with no identity of their own and impoverished Israeli families who feel like strangers in their homes. A gritty and mesm...

  • The Dreamers

    An Orthodox teacher and wigmaker embark on a journey to fulfill their dreams of making movies within their closed society. Like other Orthodox women who have made films for female audiences, they feel a need to express themselves despite rabbinical censorship.

    Year: 2011
    Language: Hebrew, Englis...

  • Seder Trek

    The director sets out to Nepal to shoot two different films: The first, about the largest Passover Seder in the world taking place in the Kathmandu Valley, and the second, a journey into the spectacular Nepalese Himalayan Mountains. What emerges is the seemingly impossible connection between thes...

  • In the Shadow of King David

    Since the first excavations began in the mid-19th Century, archaeologists have come to Silwan, a picturesque Palestinian village outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. There, they hunt for the legendary biblical city of King David. But in the last two decades, this obsession with antiqui...

  • Voices From the Booth

    We meet them at school gates, in underground parking lots, at the entrances of shopping malls, and many other places. There are tens of thousands of security guards in Israel, most of Russian origin. Many of them used to be well-respected professionals or artists, yet immigrated to Israel at an o...

  • The United States of Fashion Designer Elie Tahari

    For more than 50 years, fashion designer and mogul Elie Tahari has been living the "American Dream." He arrived in New York in 1971 with less than $100 in his pocket, slept on benches in Central Park, and went on to build a billion-dollar empire.

    Year: 2021
    Language: English, English subtitles (...

  • 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: E...

  • One Eye Wide Open

    A fascinating documentation of the craft of artist Zvi Lachman during the years 1998 through 2008. Access into Lachman's inner world through his works of art reveals and surprisingly discloses that the point of origin of his work is very similar to the director's. To make room for the physical an...

  • On My Way to Father's Land

    A moving documentary account of a son's struggle to understand his father's past. The film takes us on two journeys: the first is to Vienna, where director Preminger's father returns to his childhood home to share stories of his youth during the Nazi occupation. On the second journey, we follow P...

  • There and Here

    This is the story of three ex-pilots and a navigator, all in their 80's, who in their youth embodied the perfect image of the model Israeli "Tsabar." The four decide to come clean about their true identities as Holocaust survivors and venture out on a journey throughout their lost childhoods, the...

  • The Secret

    This is the fascinating story of Polish citizens who learn, often after living a lifetime as Christians in a Communist nation, that they are indeed of Jewish origin. Trapped between the familiar Polish world and an alien Jewish world, these “new Jews” often find themselves adrift in a country whe...

  • I, the Aforementioned Infant

    The film depicts filmmaker Ronit Kertsner's personal journey 10 years after she met her biological mother in Paris, in an attempt to find ways to maintain a meaningful relationship with the woman who had come to Israel from Paris in 1956, gave birth to her, and then gave her up for adoption. In a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...