Human-Interest Documentaries

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Human-Interest Documentaries
  • 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...

  • Married to the Marimba: A Street Performer's Life

    One-hour documentary about an American-born Jewish street performer named Alex Jacobowitz who plays the Marimba on the streets of Germany dressed obviously as an Orthodox Jew. The film was made over a period of approximately 14 years, and follows Alex through Europe to South Africa, Australia, an...

  • 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...

  • Border of Pain

    Lacking adequate medical resources, patients in the Palestinian territories requiring advanced treatments in Israel are faced with a rigid bureaucratic wall. Ruth Walk’s documentary examines the interdependence of the Israeli and Palestinian health services and medical systems. Testimonies of pat...

  • After Nadav

    Avi and Yuval’s relationship was solid, until the devastating news arrived. Their son Nadav, a soldier in the Israeli army, was killed in Gaza. For three years, they tried to cope with their individual pain, which slowly drove them apart. Then, at age 47, Yuval announced: "I want another child."
    ...

  • Buried Alive

    The struggle of a middle-aged woman who sets out in search of her husband, a member of the Israeli Black Panthers who disappeared 20 years earlier under mysterious political circumstances.

    Year: 1996
    Languages: Hebrew & Arabic, English subtitles
    Director: David Fisher
    Producer: David Fisher

  • The Optimist and the Buddhist

    After a separation of more than a decade, the conscience-ridden director of the film, returns to the kibbutz where he grew up to save his childhood friend who's become a reclusive handicapped refusing rehabilitation. The director devises a consistent and exhausting training routine with the aim o...

  • A Heartbeat Away

    Dr. Aki Tamir is an Israeli senior pediatric-cardiologist who leads a medical mission to Tanzania in order to preform heart surgeries on children. Out of hundreds of sick kids that travel the country to see Aki, he can chose only a few for a life saving operation. Things get complex when Aki meet...

  • I Saw Giraffes in India

    The Giraffes, a wild Israeli folk-rock band, go on a magical musical tour across India with an intended climax show in Goa. But the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai take the journey off-track and send the band on a search for the thousands of Israeli backpackers who fled Goa in fear of another attac...

  • Hummus Curry

    For many years now, traveling to India has been a rite of passage in Israeli life. 
"Hummus Curry" offers an intimate, funny and never-seen-before look into the lives of the local Indians living in a small village packed with Israeli tourists.

    Year: 2006
    Languages: English, Hindi & Hebrew, Engli...

  • Before My Feet Touch the Ground

    Summer 2011: 25-year-old Daphni Leef moves into a tent in the centre of Tel Aviv to protest the cost of housing. Within a few days she becomes a leader and a face for the largest protest movement in the history of Israel. The film depicts the challenges a person at the forefront of a struggle mus...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Flood

    In the shadow of the flood that took place thousands of years ago, four characters, floating between Heaven and Earth, are confronted with the drought of their land and with the changes of nature.

    Year: 2018
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Ohad Milstein
    Producer: Ohad Milstein
    Wr...

  • WEEK 23

    The daughter of the Bishop is going through a high-risk identical twin pregnancy. After discovering that one of the fetuses died, she is recommended to terminate the pregnancy and kill her living fetus.

    Year: 2016
    Languages: German, Hebrew & English, English subtitles
    Director: Ohad Milstein
    P...

  • 17 Seconds

    A coming-of-age drama that follows four outstanding adolescent athletes living at Israel's national sports academy.

    Year: 2018
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Alon Marom
    Producer: Irit Dolev
    Writer: Alon Marom

  • My Home

    Minorities make up 20 precent of Israel’s population, with the Jewish majority referring to them collectively as “Arabs.” Many in Israel, and around the world, believe this minority to be hostile to the State of Israel. But there are Arabs who see Israel as a worthy place.

    Year: 2016
    Language: H...

  • The Art of Security

    They used to call him the Israeli “Rambo.” But these days, not many would recognize that Marc Provisor has spent the past quarter-century working as one of Israel’s leading experts in combating terror.

    Year: 2018
    Language: English
    Producer: One Israel Fund

  • Cornerstones: Hummus

    A seemingly simple, yet deeply rich and nutritious plate that serves as a breakfast and lunchtime staple for most people throughout the Middle East. Hummus has become a true phenomenon the world over, but where do its origins lay? And how much do we really know of its incredible history?

    Year: 2...

  • Silicon Wadi

    Four Israeli startup teams sacrifice their families, their friends, and their bank accounts to pursue their startup dreams. Throughout their journey, catch an intimate and exciting glance into how "Startup Nation" really works.

    Year: 2014
    Languages: English & Hebrew, English subtitles
    Directors:...

  • Wild Kids

    Hidden behind heavy metal doors of an old Jerusalem bomb shelter, lies a tiny animation studio. Every week, several children of Russian immigrants meet to create a colorful carnival of monsters and earthquakes. “Wild Kids" illuminates the subversive world of two talented teenage artists, Zalman a...

  • Night Shift

    This is the story of Israel's toughest neighborhood through one night with a local cop. The neighborhood is home to the largest community of Ethiopian immigrants in the country and Rafi Mells is the only cop in charge of it. Unlike most cops, whose task is to maintain law and order, Rafi's work r...

  • 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.

    Year: 2012
    Lan...