Israeli Films

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Students Films

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Short Films

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Young Creators

 
A Guide to Gentrification

After many years of deliberate criminal neglect, Jaffa has been rediscovered as a coveted investment opportunity. The film follows the personal struggle of the veteran residents against the threat of eviction orders and reveals the metamorphosis that the city is going through, uncovering both its social and political meanings.

Alila

A chronicle of everyday life in a building situated on the border between Tel Aviv and Jaffa.

Esther

This first long feature, designed as an immense “tableau vivant” tells the Old Testament story of Esther, who does not know she is Jewish when she is chosen by King Ahasuerus as his wife.

Field Diary

The film consists of about fifty sequence shots conceived as autonomous capsules, mostly shot from a moving car as if this was its inseparable carriage, the moving base of the camera.

Friendship

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.

Kadosh

This third film in the trilogy about cities is set in Mea Shearim, the ultra-orthodox neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

Of Land and Bread

Offering an unmediated view of reality under Israeli occupation, the film is a series of vignettes about Palestinian daily life governed by state violence and the whims of Israeli settlers. It is a story of a vulnerable life, where your only defense is the camera.

Promised Land

One night, in the Sinai desert. Bedouins smuggle east European women through the border. The following day the women are to be auctioned locally…

Streets of Yesterday

A chilling and ambitious drama which confronts the Israeli-Palestinian struggle, breaks every stereotype and effectively places responsibility on all of the players.

The Voyage

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.

West of the Jordan River

Amos Gitai returns to the occupied territories for the first time since his controversial 1982 documentary FIELD DIARY. Gitai drives to the West Bank, where he witnesses the efforts of citizens, Israelis and Palestinians, trying to overcome the consequences of the 50-year occupation.

Agents of Apartheid: Settler Violence in Service of the State

Attacks with stones, batons, pepper spray, siccing dogs, expelling shepherds, smashing car windows, arson, cutting down trees, stealing crops, landgrab – a collection of videos from the last year in which B'Tselem volunteers documented various cases of settler violence.

Ana Arabia

Filmed in one sequence-shot of 85 minutes, Ana Arabia is a moment in the life of a small community of outcasts, Jews and Arabs, who live together in a forgotten enclave at the "border" between Jaffa and Bat Yam, in Israel.

Falling Invisibly

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

Free Zone

Rebecca, an American who has been living in Jerusalem for a few months now, has just broken off her engagement. She gets into a cab driven by Hanna, an Israeli. But Hanna is on her way to Jordan, to the Free Zone, to pick up a large of sum of money.

House

House is the story of a house in West-Jerusalem: abandoned during the 1948 war by its owner, a Palestinian doctor.

Laila in Haifa

A LAILA IN HAIFA is a comedy-drama about the personal experiences and circumstances of the residents of Haifa, one of the last places where Israelis and Palestinians engage in face-to face political, intimate, cultural, sexual, and antagonistic relationships.

Peron and the Jews

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.

Stains

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.

Testimonies from May 2021

In May 2021, the Palestinian citizens of Israel took to the streets in protest, demonstrations that the Israeli police repressed with unprecedented force.

These Woods

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

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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.

 

Students Films

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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  

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.