Israeli Competition

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Feature Films

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Students Films

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Short Films

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Young Creators 

 

Feature Films Competition

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This film examines for the first time the shocking problem of thousands of construction workers, mostly Arabs, who fall to their deaths from scaffolding.

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The accusations of Shlomo's Argentinian friends against his father as an accomplice in the overthrow of Peron's popular government in 1955, takes Shlomo on a personal journey into his father's narrative and into the relationship between Peron, the Jews and Israel.

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Each of us heard a different version of Grandma Sonia’s death. Step by step, I discovered what really happened in Nazi Germany, and why, when everyone left for Palestine, Grandma Sonia did not go with them.

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The unique friendship of three former senior officers of the Israeli secret service, Reuven Chazak, Rafi Malka and Pelg Radi, who exposed the Bus 300 scandal, and paid a heavy personal price. They reveal rare incidents from their service, and their personal lives.

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Stains tell the story of Adina, a dark-skinned young woman looking for love in an uncompromising world. She embarks on a journey to define her identity while her skin color changes due to the Vitiligo disease.

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A cinematic docufiction journey about the events that took place on a bare hill in Israel during six days in the early 1960s, when Jewish immigrants from Morocco sent by state to perform workfare jobs of pit digging for tree planting and changing the landscape.

 

Short Films Competition

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13 years old Maya is taking care of her young brother, Dan, who is diagnosed with Asperger’s. When the two sleep at their father’s house Maya is almost Guy's Mom; dressing him up, feeding him, and taking him by the hand all the way to his classroom.

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Surrounded by friends their own age, many of whom already grandparents, Claudio and Hilla yearn for their first grandchild. Nitai, their son, begins a surrogacy process with his spouse in Canada.

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The village of Al Walaja is surrounded on all sides by a wall and a fence, and most of its land has been annexed and expropriated by Israel. Yasser Khalifa is the last farmer in the village to make a living from growing organic vegetables, olive trees and fruit.

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The film describes the relationship that evolves between Omri, a young film student, and the artist Renana Raz. They develop their relationships through emails they write each other.

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The story of Noah, an Eritrean boy, and his father’s journey in the desert on his way to Israel. The film shows the contrast between the world experienced by his parents, to Noah's life.

 

Student Films Competition

Cluster 1 by the order of screening

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May 31st 2020, the morning after Iyad Al-Hallaq, a Palestinian with autism, was shot to death by border police soldiers in Old Jerusalem. Warde, his teacher who witnessed the shooting, is interviewed in the Israeli radio. By using her real words taken from her testimony, the film shows one short moment- when a Palestinian tragedy meets the Israeli ear.

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Jack is an 89-year-old widower; Jetta is a 50-year-old caregiver who came to Israel from Moldova to care for seniors. The connection between Jack and Jetta was very natural. In the film we get a glimpse into the colorful life of the two in their intimate moments that include a lot of laughter, joy, as well as crises.

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The Dead Sea. Among the masses of tourists vacationing are disabled veterans entitled to a state-funded retreat. A journey to the body and soul of those who were between life and death, located at the lowest place on earth.

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A week before her wedding, 28-year-old Ada was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer. In light of their new reality, Ada and her husband Vlad learn how to maintain a loving and healthy relationship despite the difficulty following the diagnosis of the disease. Despite everything, Ada continues to choose life.

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Ripples is a peek into a sexual harassment story. How people respond to it, how it affects the lives of those around it and how it never starts or ends at a specific point in time but is a part of a larger story, which ripples are felt for years.

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Elias, a young Arab Israeli policeman, arrives in a sleepy community up north for what will be his most difficult task to date. His encounter with the local Jewish neighbors gives rise to a series of comic and tragic situations which will teach him something about community and neighbors.

Cluster 2 by the order of screening

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Zohar, a young struggling musician, returns defeated to his parents' house at the Kibbutz. After meeting his childhood friend Uri, the two set out on a mission that will lead them to a journey throughout the kibbutz, in which Zohar will understand that the deeper the roots, the stronger the tree.

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Three soldiers sent to an outpost in the middle of nowhere. While they guard the outpost, the three find themselves face boredom in ways that became more extreme – until they find out how dangerous being bored can be.

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Sara, a 23-year-old ultra-Orthodox young woman, goes out on her fourth date with Yossi, a loving and sensitive yeshiva student. But Sara has a big secret she’s about to reveal.

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Yehi Zaken, founder of the Blaze Pub. Surrounded by a variety of colorful figures and artists. he faces the difficulties of owning the bar, which is a second home for him. The bar evades its permanent closing. But then, the bar goes through another crisis, Covid, which causes it to close and reopen.

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When an organ is amputated - you stop wanting to live. But when it's a kid - you try to stop living.

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In a post-apocalyptic world after an unknown catastrophe, a family of a mother, a father and their son try to survive after their water runs out. The father leads them in on a path he sees fit, all the while viewing his wife and son only as burdens he must carry due to his social role of "the man of the family". His way eventually leads them to their probable death.

 

Young Creators  Competition

On youth, passions, and the line between courtship and sexual harassment: Gil's friends expect him to lose his virginity, but Gil is not yet sure he wants to. A random encounter leads to an event that he did not expect to happen.

The director created a portrait of a "girl" in the current era through a series of interviews with girls who live in the Kiryat Ya'arim youth village. The film raises issues dealing with women in society, social networks, body image, sexual harassment and more.

Nadia, a 13-year-old girl, understands that the state of the world’s climate is getting worse and if we do not act promptly and quickly to fix it, it may be too late. Nadia decides to put her personal life on hold, and despite her young age, she boldly goes to war for the environment, for the planet, for humankind.

The film tells the story of the director who is set on the autistic spectrum and his relationship with his grandmother and parents.

A film of a dark night’s journey on the streets of Tel Aviv, on the day of celebrating Israel's 73rd Independence Day. Manasha is looking for her mother, a foreign worker, who has not returned home from work. A chilling social document on the state of foreign workers in Israel.

A secret love story between a Jewish woman (Maayan) and a Muslim Arab man (Amir), which takes in hiding from families and friends place in a vineyard and a winery. When the two drink and fall asleep at the winery the winery’s kashrut supervisor sees them, his story finds its way to Maayan's father, and the secret is revealed. Could there be a chance for love?

Ronen Meirav is a friend of Ron Arad from pilot training, and he was active in the attempts to rescue him from captivity, which were unsuccessful. In recent years he has been active in bringing Avera Mengistu back from captivity, in an attempt to make amends.

The experience of her parents' separation is described through the eyes of a little girl, who is forced to move with her mother to a new apartment. At first everything looks pink, but reality is not the dance she dreamed of.