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  • The Journey of Vaan Nguyen

    The Vietnam War was traumatic, and shook the consciousness of the West. Millions of Vietnamese people fled their homes to the cruel sea to save their lives. The “boat people” who survived the journey and were given asylum in new lands, can now recount their ordeal. Decades later, some still have ...

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  • Taqasim

    Israeli musician Felix Mizrahi takes us to his native Cairo in search of recordings by his brother, Faraq Ibrahim, a famous violinist who died tragically when Felix was a boy. During Felix's childhood, there were 200,000 Jews in Cairo; today the remaining families are counted on the fingers of on...

  • Hidden Face

    Through a heroic story, this film presents narratives of the Holocaust as told by different members of the ultra-Orthodox community, portraying a complex relationship between ultra-Orthodox Jews and the memory of the Holocaust, while dealing with the biggest question of all — where was God during...

  • 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 Wounded Healer

    Criminologist Dr. Dan Philipp has devoted his career to treating sexual offenders, yet this intense encounter with evil has not shaken his belief in the basic humanity of even the worst criminals. At 87, Dan travels to his hometown of Aachen, Germany, to attend a memorial ceremony for Gisela, his...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tunnel of Hope

    The painful memories and hopeful reflections of three generations of Jews tragically affected by the Holocaust, merge into one incredible narrative of perseverance and survival. In 1943, 250 Jewish slave workers successfully escaped from a Nazi labor camp in Novogrudok, Belarus, via a tunnel they...

  • Gisi

    Gisi Fleischmann believed she could stop the Holocaust if only she succeeded to raise enough money. She led a resistance group in Slovakia, which tried to stop the transports to Auschwitz, by bribing Nazi officials. Her story had been almost forgotten, until the Slovak National Theatre staged a p...

  • Into the North

    A group of Czech Jewish teenagers sets out on a journey to the North. Without their parents to look after them, they must rely on each other. That's how their great adventure starts. They spend four years in Denmark, an oasis in the midst of raging World War II. More than 70 years later, they are...

  • Shadow in Baghdad

    A young Iraqi journalist sets out to write about Linda Abdul Aziz, who escaped to Israel in the early 70's and whose father, a prominent lawyer, had been kidnapped in Baghdad. The continuous dialogue between the two slowly uncovers the tragic end of her father, as well as that of a whole Jewish c...

  • Sidewalk

    A documentary poem interweaving seven parallel stories of children on their way to school and back, "Sidewalk" offers a glimpse into the rare moments of true independence afforded to these young schoolchildren.

    Year: 2007
    Languages: Arabic, Turkish & Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Duki Dror...

  • Red Vibes

    Set in an industrial zone of Tel Aviv, a group of charismatic young artists, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, whose provocative punk-trash music and rebellious ideology of ”Black Communism” make them too defiant for the fragile Israeli society. Ausweis & Friends engage in the creative pro...

  • Raging Dove

    A small news item in the back pages of a local Israeli newspaper reported a world champion boxer, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, defeated only by the flags he has waved upon victory (first Israeli, then Palestinian) is trying to make a comeback in the Middle East. Curiosity led director Duki Dr...

  • Radio Daze

    Every Afternoon, a very ordinary radio, placed in a living room, becomes the center of Rivka Solarsky’s life. All the broadcasters of all the radio stations know her, and that’s because ever since she got over her initial phobia, she hasn’t stopped calling them. She solves their riddles, recites ...

  • Praise the Lard

    Pork. It’s the Jewish religion’s biggest taboo and one of Israel’s most controversial issues. Told in a humorous tone, Praise the Lard follows the quirky story of how a simple farm animal became a symbol of freedom for secular Israelis and an existential threat to the religious.

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  • 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...

  • My Fantasia

    An autobiographical film, "My Fantasia" tells of director Duki Dror's journey to his home, to his childhood and to his family. Spurred into motion by the First Gulf War, which forces him to return home from America, Dror comes home to find his Iraqi Jewish father in preparation to close the doors...

  • Photonovela

    A 12-year-old girl must complete a family history assignment for school. The boring task slowly becomes a sweeping drama embodying many secrets during three generations of one family, beginning before the Second World War, continuing as Holocaust refugees, and ending with the fall of the collecti...

  • Mr. Cortisone, Happy Days

    Part stream-of-consciousness diary, part experimental documentary, Mr. Cortisone, Happy Days follows director Shlomo Shir's last years and moments as he battles the recurring tumor which ultimately claimed his life. Shot over three years, the film follows Shir in and out of hospitals and into his...

  • A General's Story

    A man who lost his identity until he became a "village fool" was forced to become a sober and responsible father as he approached his son's bar mitzvah. But reality slaps everyone again, in a sensitive and moving documentary. Michael has been walking around the streets of a champion in the street...