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Ruchama and Tikva, two orthodox women, embark on a journey to fulfill their dream of making movies. But living in a closed religious society, they must struggle to find balance between their profound commitment to the community and loyalty to their individual creativity.
A compelling story of a teacher and a wig-maker struggling to find freedom in their art. How will they make thier voices heard within a strict world of limitations and prohibitions?
For the last 27 years Camal Sbehi and 3 other Bedouins are serving a life sentence for kidnap, rape and murder for Dafna Carmon in 1982. One day in 2006 Camal phones Arial Livneh a pensioner from the Israel General Security Service and a doctor of criminology. During an obsessive 3 years investigation Dr. Livneh meets low and order man and anyone that was connected to the case. The stream of new information that Dr. Livneh discovers raises many tough questions on the way that brought the four Bedouins to convincement. Will a journey to the past change the future?
513 Days of Filmotherapy
Lital is a film Student who documents herself during her three years of studying in Sapir Collage. The movie ranges between the days of the filming and describes different situations in her life: the "in between" moments, living in the kibbutz, social life, the loss of her dog, love relationships that she experienced, a plastic nose surgery. She's examining her need in self documentation and exposure and facing existential questions. While all of this accruing in a time of new and social media that are in the background but simultaneously posses a considerable part of our lives.
"Amos and tehina"
"Marsa Talamat" battle took place on Yom Kipur war 1973. The battle is a milestone in Israeli army and the Navy especially. Two "Daboor" boats get in Egyptian harbor and eliminate the commando warriors in there and the ships with the supply to Egyptians soldiers. Israeli navy get out of there in heroic way and luck. four soldiers have got a medal of honor for their bravery. Amos Gotlib , a machine gunner on the boat never got into the sea ever since.
Amos is living with his girl-friend Rebeca in downtown Netanya. They both live out of national insurance pension. Amos try to become religious, try to stop doing drugs, try to stop telling the story about that night again and again.
"Amos and tehina" brings the story of the battle from Amos point of view and the four soldiers who were with him and got the citation with the background of his life now.
Benzion Netanyahu His Life and Legacy
In his century-long life, Benzion Netanyahu’s took an active part in determining the fortunes of the Jewish People. In British controlled Palestine, he created a newspaper in defense of Zionist activists falsely accused of murder; during WWII and in its aftermath, he headed major public efforts in the U.S. to convince the American public to support the creation of a Jewish state; in the new State of Israel, he became chief editor of the vast and scholarly Hebrew Encyclopedia; and after years of research, he came out with The Origins of the Inquisition, which revolutionized our understanding of Jewish and European history.
How shall we remember Operation “Cast Lead”? the official version of “8 years they’ve shot rockets at us and we didn’t respond, but in the end we really kicked their asses until they stopped shooting” is going to be upgraded from a narrative, one of many, to a “true history”..
Ten soldiers recently released from service, sat in front of a camera with their faces revealed. In their very unique way, have created a narrative of an unknown war.
Dangerous Children are those who suffered severe domestic violence and abuse as children. As a result they carry a malignancy that threatens to erupt as violent behavior in maturity, inflicting abuse and pain on their own spouses and children. This cycle of violence is at the core of the program at Beit Noam, where therapists and social workers direct a demanding rehabilitation program aimed at rescuing a group of domestically violent men from their miserable fate. The struggle to cure them of their abusive tendencies reveals the dark under currents of the Israeli multi-cultural melting pot.
Morad - a teenager from an Arab village in the north of Israel disconnects himself from humans following a violent attack. As a last resort before hospitalization in a Mental Institution, he is taken by his devoted father to be treated with Dolphins in Eilat. Morad starts speaking again after months of silence, but he erases his past and refuses to go home to his awaiting mother. This documentary about the devastating havoc that human violence can wreak upon the human soul, and about the healing powers of nature and love, was filmed over the course of four years
Drawing the Line
The following collection of short films was produced as part of a documentary animation course, focusing on the term ‘Borderline’ at The Audio and Visual Arts School, Sapir College, Animation Department.
The term ‘Borderline’ encompasses a whole world of meanings and ideas, and each student contributed his own free thought and imagination to create a short film that relates to a different and unique aspect of the term. The integration of animation with documentary film-making allows an original gaze at the personal metaphoric world of the artist, and through it, at the reality of our everyday life.
Duma (dolls in Arabic) a journey film based on stories of women sexual assault in the Palestinian society
Abeer, the creator of the puppet theater show, which deals with sexual abuse during childhood, decides to take her camera and journey from the north to the south of the country, documenting Arab women who have experienced sexual violence, After No-one comes to the theater show because of the difficulty that the subject imposes.
From her journey, meets four protagonists who dare to reveal the sexual abuse they endured in their close circle of family and friends.
They all look for a way to express and to break the systems of silence which were imposed on them by family and society; their goal is to be heard, whether in privacy or out in the open. Their ambition is to turn the tables and lead abused women away from the circle of silence, shame and asphyxia towards self acceptance and realization that they are allowed to continue to live.
Eight Hour Shift
The director returns to the military base where he served. He follows the soldier who now sleeps in his military bed and checks what has changed in one’s army life in the West Bank over the past 10 years.
This documentary, the first Israeli-Palestinian co-production, in which cooperation both in production and creative work. The film represents a microcosmos of the silent majority entangled in historical conditions of ongoing warfare; it describes the conflict from the various angles of six protagonists: three Israelis and three Palestinians. The Palestinians were filmed by a Palestinian team, the Israelis by an Israeli team. The protagonists are: Gidi, a combat soldier; Natalie a sales-woman; Fatma, a teacher; Shmulik, a vascular surgeon; Sami, an orthopedic surgeon; Muhammad, a young student.
This moving and thought-inspiring film was warmly acclaimed at screenings in Jericho, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
13 Intellectuals, Politicians, Artists, Philosophers and Poets, most famous and influentials in Israel – talking about death.
Fluchkes (in Yiddish: flabby arms) follows the multi-disciplinary dance performance “Gila”, which is performed by 70 –80 year old women. The film documents the hard work that went into the rehearsals, the confrontation with the limitations of the body, the intrigues between the women, their “drive”, their expectations and disappointments, as well as the happiness and vitality in their dance
A young woman decides to have an abortion and then goes on to Film School. Years later she deals with the experience by making an experimental film.
The film touches upon subjective experience via the use of a collage of images and sounds moving from documentary to fictional scenes. The inner experience of the director, who appears in the film as herself, and the heroine, are seen moving through different times before and after the decision to relinquish the pregnancy.