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SHOWING 51 FILMS FROM ISRAEL

BEST EDITING - DOCUMENTARY AWARD

At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints they left behind in a lifetime's collection of documents to investigate long-buried family secrets and uncover the mystery of his grandparents' painful past. |Read More
Documentary

BIG BAD WOLVES

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Directed By: Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales
  • Country: Israel
A vigilante cop and a vengeful father capture and interrogate an accused serial killer. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s brutal follow-up to Rabies (TFF 2011) examines a horror that most would not want to imagine: what would you do if someone hurt the one you loved most? A revenge thriller with teeth, Big Bad Wolves delivers on its raw tension with bursts of operatic drama. |Read More
Drama, Crime, Thriller

BOBBI JENE

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 96 minutes
  • Directed By: Elvira Lind
  • Country: USA, Denmark, Israel
In her moving and cinematic documentary, Elvira Lind follows American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she makes the decision of a lifetime. Bobbi returns to the U.S., leaving behind a loving boyfriend and a successful 10-year run as a star dancer of the famous Israeli dance company Batsheva. Lind intimately portrays Bobbi’s rigorous creative process as she starts fresh in San Francisco, while still working to maintain a long-distance relationship. |Read More
Drama, Female Director(s), Documentary, New York, NY Director(s)

BOMBAY BEACH

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 80 minutes
  • Directed By: Alma Har'el and Alma Har'el
  • Country: USA, Israel
The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren California landscape and symbol of the failure of the American Dream. Using a stylized amalgam of nonfiction and choreographed dance set to the music of Beirut and Bob Dylan, Bombay Beach revisits this poetically fruitful terrain to find a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet—creating a moving, distinctive, and slightly surreal documentary experience. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

BUBBLE

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 117 minutes
  • Country: Israel
Three roommates treat their hip Tel Aviv neighborhood like their own chic paradise, relatively sheltered from Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. But when an Israeli boy meets an Palestinian boy at a border checkpoint, this artificial bubble bursts. Director Fox follows up Walk on Water and Yossi & Jagger with this story that shows that even love can't bridge irreconcilable differences. In Arabic and Hebrew. A Strand Release. |Read More
Drama, Comedy

BUDRUS

  • Release Year: 2009
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Directed By: Julia Bacha
  • Country: USA, Israel, Palestine
In one of the most conflicted parts of the world, a Palestinian family man unites rival parties Fatah and Hamas, Western activists, and even groups of progressive Israelis in a nonviolent movement to save his village from being destroyed. Award-winning documentarian Julia Bacha (Encounter Point, TFF '06) captures with rawness and galvanizing intensity the power of ordinary people to peaceably fight for extraordinary changes. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

CLOSE TO HOME

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Directed By: Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hager
  • Country: Israel
In this critically acclaimed study of Israeli women and compulsory military service, two diametrically opposed women are thrown together on patrol in Jerusalem: Mirit is respectful of her military superiors, while Smadar barely conceals her desires for rebellion. When a bomb explodes, the two reconcile their differences, and a tenuous friendship is forged. |Read More
Drama

DANCING IN JAFFA

  • Release Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Directed By: Hilla Medalia
  • Country: USA, Israel
Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine stars in this charming documentary that offers a unique perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Three diverse Jaffa-based schools host Dulaine’s Dancing Classrooms program. Ballroom basics are taught to an ethnically mixed group of children, the most passionate members of which are trained for a citywide competition. What results is a sweet and incredibly moving tale filled with moments of truth, poignancy and hope. |Read More
Female Director(s), Documentary

DEAR FATHER, QUIET, WE'RE SHOOTING....

  • Release Year: 2005
  • Runtime: 73 minutes
  • Directed By: David Benchetrit
  • Country: Israel
When war crimes are carried out under orders from officers, military commanders, and political leaders who is responsible? This film allows former members of the Israeli Defense Forces-now conscientious objectors-to recount their experiences in both Lebanon and Palestine, and to question the limits of state power. |Read More
Documentary

DEFAMATION

Is anti-Semitism an extant threat on the verge of coalescing into a second Holocaust? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with the head of the Anti-Defamation League, controversial author Norman Finkelstein, and others, Shamir sets out to discover the realities of anti-Semitism today. His findings are both shocking and wryly funny. |Read More
Documentary

DRAFT

  • Release Year: 2004
  • Runtime: 18 minutes
  • Directed By: Tal Shanny
  • Country: Israel
Yoav Genar, a pacifist, is doing all he can to prevent his son from enlisting in the army. In the 24 hours prior to the draft, an emotional and ideological confrontation evolves between father and son. |Read More
Drama

ENCOUNTER POINT

  • Release Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Directed By: Julia Bacha and Ronit Avni
  • Country: USA, Israel
Israelis and Palestinians, many of whom lost loved ones in the conflict between the two sides, set aside their differences to promote grassroots, nonviolent solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Along the way, they must confront the hatred within their communities and the fear within themselves. |Read More
Documentary

FLAT

  • Release Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Directed By: Arnon Goldfinger
  • Country: Germany, Israel
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints they left behind in a lifetime's collection of documents to investigate long-buried family secrets and uncover the mystery of his grandparents' painful past. |Read More
Documentary, Relationships

HOLY AIR

  • Release Year: 2017
  • Runtime: 81 minutes
  • Directed By: Shady Srour
  • Country: Israel
Desperate to care for his pregnant wife and ailing father, Adam (writer/director Shady Srour) embarks on his latest, riskiest business venture: selling bottled holy air. A sharp comedy set in modern-day Nazareth, Holy Air examines the complicated emotions that go into living as a modern, progressive, Christian family on the world’s most spiritual ground. |Read More
Drama, Comedy