Human-Interest Documentaries

Human-Interest Documentaries

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Human-Interest Documentaries
  • Fluchkes

    Over the course of a year, a group of women in their 70s and 80s confront the intense demands of the art of dance and refuse to conform to any stereotypes about aging. They open up about their lives, rivalries and sexuality, and share an unquenchable thirst for life, art, and self-expression.

    Th...

  • 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.

    This program m...

  • 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 h...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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, and the Uni...

  • 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."
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  • 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.

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

    Year: 199...

  • 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 perform 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 att...

  • 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.

    This program may contain strong language, nudity, an...

  • Before My Feet Touch the Ground

    Summer 2011: 25-year-old Daphni Leef moves into a tent in the center 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