Human-Interest Documentaries

Human-Interest Documentaries

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Human-Interest Documentaries
  • 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...

  • 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.

    Year: 2017
    Langu...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Collaborators

    Over the past 30 years, more than 10,000 Palestinians have been recruited as Israeli collaborators in the Occupied Territories. Under constant threat by Palestinian authorities and society and rejected by Israelis who have no desire to welcome them into their own neighborhoods, these collaborator...

  • Across the River

    For years Moshe has been warning his community of HIV disease to stop it from spreading. In Ethiopia, he finds thousands of Jews, waiting in compounds to fulfill their dream and immigrate to Israel. A journey back to his isolated village reveals a story about a curious young man, who marked the w...

  • The Secret Ingredient

    Uri and Neta, the owners of the Indian restaurant 24 Rupee in Tel Aviv, and Lilach, a photographer, decided to travel to India, in search for the Secret Ingredient in Indian food. This simple search after the secret ingredient in Indian food, leads them to encounters and experiences that only mag...

  • Hope I'm in the Frame

    Michal Bat-Adam was the first Israeli woman film director and the only one who has been creating films since the 1970s. The intimate portrait of the trailblazing filmmaker follows her shooting a new low-budget film while exploring her relationship with her husband of 40 years, the film director M...

  • Desert Brides

    Miriam El Kwader, a Bedouin wedding photographer and mother of seven, living in an unknown and neglected Negev village, reveals through her camera lens, the world of Bedouin weddings; the most distressing issue revealed is polygamy. This is the story of three, relatively educated and independent ...

  • 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...