Historical Documentaries

Historical Documentaries

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Historical Documentaries
  • Mendelsohn's Incessant Visions

    The award-winning film illuminates the life of German Jewish Expressionist architect Erich Mendelsohn. The film deftly juxtaposes Mendelsohn’s original designs and love letters written to his wife Luise with contemporary images, weaving together reflections from architects and locals who use thes...

  • Toman: The Man Who Saved 300,000 Jews

    Zoltan Toman was the Czech Deputy Minister of the Interior from 1945 to 1948. He is credited with saving more than 200,000 Jewish refugees, most survivors of the Holocaust from the treacherous environment in post-war Poland, as well as with helping Israel secure Czech weapons used to fight the 19...

  • Cafe Noah

    In the 1950s Cafe Noah was one of the only places where Arabic music was performed. In the young state, this music was considered inferior - but there, some of the greatest musicians of the genre gathered to play together.

    Year: 1996
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Duki Dror
    Produ...

  • A13901

    Two Holocaust survivors live in a tiny apartment. The movie portrays the daily routine of one day in their life, getting up, dressing, every little action takes an eternity, creating a flex in time.

    Year: 2017
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Tal Haim Yoffe
    Producer: Tal Haim Yoffe

  • The Hebrew Superhero

    The film explores the image of the Israeli hero in the world of comics — from the first comics hero created in 1936 until today. Israeli comics, after decades on the sidelines of the country’s culture, have become more and more popular. They have also grown increasingly important in shedding ligh...

  • Next Generation

    This documentary tells the story of heroic people who rescued the entire Jewish population of Bulgaria during World War II. It isn't a historical film, but rather an emotional journey of the local survivors' direct descendants, who are looking for their family roots and long-lost ties with their ...

  • The Seven Tapes of Yona Wallach

    A cinematic journey into the world of Yona Wallach, an Israeli poet, whose radical life and poetry ended with her death at an early age, leaving behind a myth and a trail of admirers.

    Year: 2012
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Yair Qedar
    Producer: Yair Qedar
    Writer: Yair Qedar
    St...

  • Black Honey: The Poetry and Life of Avraham Sutzkever

    The incredible story of Avraham Sutskever, the greatest Yiddish poet, who saved manuscripts from the Nazis, survived WWII due to Stalin's special rescue plane, testified in the Nuremberg Trials, and died anonymously in Tel Aviv.

    Year: 2018
    Languages: Yiddish & English, English subtitles
    Director...

  • 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 ...

  • The Awakener: The Story of Y.H. Brenner

    In 1921, six dead bodies were found near the Red House between Tel Aviv and Jaffa. One was the body of Y.H. Brenner, a brilliant author, the sharp critic of his generation, a man of ambiguous sexuality and the characteristics of a raging prophet.

    Year: 2015
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Di...

  • 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.

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

  • 50 Years 50 Faces

    This is the story of Jerusalem, through various residents from the western and eastern parts of the city.

    Year: 2019
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Moshe Alafi
    Producers: Alafim Productions

  • Jews, Third Time

    As the State of Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, Rino Zror compares between the current Jewish state and the previous, historical ones. The resemblance is overwhelming. Only twice before can a full Jewish sovereignty be found: one lasted only 75 years, during the First Temple period, a...

  • Live or Die in Entebbe

    Operation Entebbe, hailed as the most brilliant rescue operation in recent history — and Israel's greatest mythological raid — is the Mimouni family's greatest tragedy.

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

    Year: 2012
    Language: Hebrew, ...

  • Blues By the Beach

    Fate brings filmmakers together in Israel in April of 2003. They begin a documentary about a live music blues bar by the beach in Tel Aviv called Mike’s Place. The aim is to show there is more to the Middle East than seemingly endless war and terrorism. Filming people having a good time stops abr...

  • 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 ...

  • Six Day War Project

    Get a play-by-play of the incredible Six Day War in 1967, including the ins and outs of Israel’s strategy, leadership, and impressive military feats. But more than that, it opens the door to important questions and issues that Israel faced in the aftermath of the war, and still does to this day.
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  • Narratives: The Palestinian Story Explained

    OpenDor Media explores the challenging concept of “narratives” — how different people and groups can have different perspectives about historical events. Here they delve into the establishment of the State of Israel, which opens the door for big questions about Israel’s story, people, and future....

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Ghetto Uprising – The Untold Story

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

    This program may contain stro...

  • 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 ...

  • The Binding of Yitzchak

    Did Yigal Amir know that during the Israel 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 vio...

  • The Legacy: Ben Zion Netanyahu

    A first glimpse into the life of Benzion Netanyahu, father of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as a Zionist, an intellectual, and a world-renowned historian. The documentary was filmed just before Benzion died at the age of 102.

    Year: 2012
    Languages: English and Hebrew, English subtitles
    Direc...