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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Driving Spirit

    Menora Hazani, the film's director, embarks on a revealing journey with her father Benny Katzover and his pioneering friends, the leaders of the Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. Together they unfold the unique story of how a small number of resolved and determined young men decided and fi...

  • Trip of Compassion

    Thousands of PTSD victims live in Israel, which in recent years has been promoting an innovative treatment, namely psycho-active substances, known as psychedelic drugs. The film documents PTSD victims undergoing MDMA treatment at Israel's Be'er Ya'akov psychiatric hospital over several years.

    Th...

  • 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 &...

  • 30 Kilometers Per Hour

    A 29-year-old Israeli decides to fulfill a childhood dream to drive across Israel on an electric toy car. With the hope of understanding what he wants to do with his life, the young man goes on this journey to meet people who help him do just that.

    Year: 2018
    Languages: English & Hebrew, English...

  • Planets - Four Variations of Detachment

    On cold distant orbits circling the hot Israeli sun, four stories of voluntary isolation: a butterfly hunter, a man with a bionic arm, an isolated family managing an autarkic farm in a deserted forest and a taxidermist specialized in pets. Connecting between these spaces and characters, a man wit...

  • Israel Inside

    Explore the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. This insightful and uplifting documentary sidesteps the usual conversation of politics, conflict and violence, and tells the story of the Israeli people – whose resilience has prop...

  • To Err is Human

    Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the world, after cancer and heart disease. An Israeli former fighter pilot implements the pilots' learning model in the medical world — the simulation. The film reveals, for the first time, the human aspect, weaknesses and fears hidden behind...

  • 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...

  • Ghetto Uprising – The Untold Story

    The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world, although the generally accepted story is incomplete. Among the fighters was a group that was not granted commemoration, even though it had a crucial part in the success of the historic uprising.

    This program may cont...

  • 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.

    This program ...

  • 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 ...

  • Our Struggle

    Through the microcosm of one family’s history, "Our Struggle" offers a unique glimpse into the past, present, and future of the State of Israel, a continuum that is closely intertwined with our own past, and at the same time reflects the current areas of conflict between the societies, cultures, ...