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Sundance Film Festival 2022

Organized by the  non-profit Sundance Institute, the annual Sundance Film Festival (SFF) has been held for  close to forty years, serving independent film makers and supporting their creative projects. SFF 2022 took place from January 20 -30 and was a fully remote festival as opposed to the 2021 hybrid approach with its mix of in-person viewing exposure and streaming options. SFF 2022 provided viewing options for its audience with the on-line platform and satellite casting  cura...

Box for Life

Director: Uri Borreda.

Three officers walk into the barrack: "Which one of you can box?" Sally and Sam immediately raises their hands. And me, a 16-year-old boy without a clue about boxing, also raise my hand; to this day I’m not sure why. One of the officers: "Tomorrow you’ll be taken for tests; you'd better not being lying!" On the next morning, they took us to a different barrack. Stepping inside, we found ourselves in a hall full of perfect boxing practice gear: a boxing ring, sand bags and practice balls hanging from springs. A dozen men was practicing there; jumping rope, punching the bags and the balls. This seemingly normal scene would have appeared quite ordinary - except that these barracks were located in the Auschwitz Death Camp; the officers were S.S. members; and the three of us - Jews, having arrived from Belgium on last night’s transport. This is the story of Noah Klieger, who was a French Jewish teenager during WWII. He smuggled Jewish children from Belgium to Switzerland. He was captured by the Germans and was sent to the Auschwitz death camp. When he arrived at the camp, he claimed himself as a boxer which saved his life. Noah returns for the first time to the places that marked his life before immigrating to Israel as a crew member on board the famous boat "Exodus - 1947”. He was the last remnant of the boxing team of Auschwitz death camp, the oldest active journalist in the world, A crew member of the "Exodus - 1947”. He lay on the beach in Dunkirk when hundreds of thousands of British soldiers were evacuated to Britain. Noah Klieger is an example of courage, optimism and resilience. He is the Jewish "Forrest Gump".

Yehonatan Indursky Attends Autonomies U.S. Premiere at NYJFF 2019

By Maria Esteves – January 22, 2019 The 28th New York Jewish Film Festival Centerpiece U.S. Premiere of AUTONOMIES, by Award-winning Israeli filmmaker Yehonatan Indursky commenced Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. A special Q&A discussion immediately followed with director Indusrky and interpreter Amir Bogen moderated by NYJFF programmer Gabriel Grossman. Director Indursky discussed the reason for the name tag switch of a new born child by a...

IFFI Goa 2017, X: Big names, big awards

IFFI Goa 2017, X: Big names, big awards Two days before the curtain opens on the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has issued a release listing the highlights of the annual festival. Here’s lowdown: 195 films from over 82 countries will be shown, of which there will be 10 World Premierès, 10 Asian and International premierès and over 64 Indian premierès as part of the Official programme. It was also announced that whil...

The Other Israel Film Festival 2017, New York

Presented by New York’s Israel Film Center with funding from Carole Zabar, the Other Israel Film Festival was held at the New York Jewish Community Center with support from numerous small partners from November 2-9.  The guiding themes of the fest: film, change, action reflect the transformational philosophy of the festival ever since its establishment in 2007. Among the more than 60 Jewish film festivals in the United States the Other Israel Film Festival is unique becaus...

New York: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016

Of all global non-governmental organizations focusing on the protection of human rights the New York based Human Rights Watch ranks among the largest and most influential.   In five geographic divisions encompassing Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Central Asia, The Middle East and North Africa, and a United States program more than 80 researchers carry out their work in virtually all countries; executing systematic data analysis, generating information through fieldw...

P.S. Jerusalem, Danae Elon, USA, 2015

In this compelling documentary Danae Elon provides an insightful view of her family’s three-year experience living in Jerusalem to which she returned in 2010 after an absence of 20 years. She prefaced her film with a statement from her father, the renowned liberal Israeli intellectual Amos Elon who left that country in 2005, “We have seen that what men thought was true was often more important than the truth itself”, an observation fitting perfectly her frank portrait of life...

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

If your protagonist has to keep pressing her case in a dingy courtroom for five years, the world of your movie can get pretty claustrophobic. It's an acceptable risk of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, which unfolds within court chambers and a waiting room till virtually the last frame. How else to show what the titular character (Ronit Elkabetz) goes through to obtain a divorce in Israel's Orthodox Chief Rabbinate? Directors Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz give viewers an authentic tast...

LIFE SENTENCES, Israel 2013, Nurit Kedar and Yaron Shani

  It has frequently been suggested that the creation of a reasonable identity is more difficult in postindustrial society. After all we experience the decline of collectively shared value systems, the weakening of family structures and the decay of supportive communities, to mention just some of the factors that provided stability in the past. In our times identities seem to have become flexible, if not temporary, and the sense of self has become precarious. In this context, the documen...

"The Green Prince": A Conversation with Former Operative Mosab Hassan Yousef and Director Nadav Schirman

There are spies who come in from the cold and others who swap one kind of heat for another. One such fevered soul is Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas honcho Sheikh Hassan Yousef who spied for Israel’s Shin Bet for more than a decade. Yousef's unlikely tale supplied the grist for his bestselling memoir Son of Hamas, and now it has inspired the documentary thriller The Green Prince. Directed by Nadav Schirman (The Champagne Spy, In the Darkroom), this stranger-than-fiction ac...

Away from Gaza

Director: Roberto Quarta.
The history of Nahla and Musleh: two gazawi brothers who thought they were safe in their home while the withe phosphorus bombs " fingers of fire" embraced , with their deadly caress, the sky of Nuseirat . On 27 December 2008, with the Operation "Cast Lead", the Israelis threw their frightening and cruel offensive on the Gaza Strip . The bombing continued for 22 interminable days. Nahla and Musleh , victims of phosphorous bombs , were blind because of severe burns to the cornea.
The film recounts the odyssey of these two brothers from Gaza who have come to Rome to recover their sight.

Interview of MEIR FENIGSTEIN, Founder of the Israel Film Festival in the USA by Stephanie Ronnet

Stacey Keach -  M Fenigstein On April 18th, Los Angeles had an Israeli flavor as the 27th edition of the Israel Film Festival kicked off. The festivities were in full swing. The audience was treated to a plentiful buffet, before walking in the theater of the WGA. The opening film was The Ballad of The Weeping Spring, an emotional drama that won 4 Israeli Oscars (Ophir Awards) in 2012: Best Original Music, Best Original Soundtrack, Best Production design, and Best Costume design. It s...

One Day After Peace

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Director: Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.

the Seven Tapes

Director: yair qedar.
"The Seven Tapes" is a cinematic journey into the world of Yona Wallach, a legendary poet, who's radical life and poetry ended in an early age, leaving behind a myth and a trail of admirers. More than 25 years after her death, seven recorded tapes from her last interview are discovered. In these tapes, Wallach confesses on her life journey: her attraction to madness, her experiments with drugs, her relationship with god and about the dangers of writing. The film weaves her testimony with interviews, with rare archival footage from the sixties to the eighties, with her poems and with animation that revives Wallach's thoughts, images and visions. THE SEVEN TAPES is a troubling encounter with an exceptional artist, whose riddle remains unsolved to this day.

From Palestine to Africa

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Day 4 and it had two distinct themes - the Palestinian/Israeli issue and Africa in all its glory. Things sometime happen to me that seem too coincidental. I was traveling by Peoplemover to see two films about Palestine and then suddenly noticed the Durban Holocaust Centre. I've been trying to find it for years and then it just pops up. Maybe it was a sign... 5 Broken Cameras is an intensely personal documentary made by a resident of Bil'in called Emad Burnat , who started filming his life, t...

HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE, Israel, 2011) joins Oscar shortlist!

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Director Joseph Cedar's film HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE, Israel, 2011) joined the list of nine foreign films on the 2012 Oscar 'foreign film' shortlist. The film screened at the 23rd Palm Sptings International Film Festival and now will ride its way all the way to the Oscars.   January 18, 2012   FOOTNOTE held its world premier at Cannes last May. Below is a transcription and photos of the Cannes press conference.  PRESS CONFERENCE at 64th Cannes Film Festival fo...

the 5 houses of Lea Goldberg

Director: yair qedar.
She died 41 years ago, but even today, Lea Goldberg is still an enigmatic figure - she is Israel's most beloved poet, a powerful woman, who lived with her mother and never married, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of WWW1 though her magical poetry. The film is a cinematic fantasy in five acts, using animation, after affects, archives, still photos, original music and interviews that celebrate together the fascinating story of L. Goldberg.

Windows on South cinema

"Windows on South cinema" offers a wide panorama of film creation of country such as Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, etc., by planning fictions and documentaries.

"Fenêtres sur le cinéma du Sud" offre un large panorama de la création cinématographique de pays tels que l'Algérie, le Liban, le Maroc, la Tunisie, etc., en projetant des fictions et des documentaires.

checkpoint

Director: ruben amar.
A young Palestinian boy living in the Gaza strip accompanies his father on monthly visits to the ruins of a destroyed village. Though he doesn’t understand his father's ritual, he feels he has a duty to help him.

Importing Creativity From Israel panel & press conference in Los Angeles

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 The Southern California Israeli Chamber of Commerce & Greenberg Traurig Invite you to a Breakfast Presentation By The Operating Room IMPORTING CREATIVITY FROM ISRAEL   The exclusive panel discussion and press conference will focus on the efforts, challenges and potential of importing Israeli entertainment content to the United States and Hollywood. As part of the panel discussion, exciting recent developments and production deals will be announced. Panel Participants:HOWA...

The Clearwater Film Festival Reaches 101 Submissions!

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TCFF is pleased to announce that we are officially in triple digit territory for the first time since we began our submission process in December 2009.  We have received dozens of quality films from all over the world.  The majority of films are from the US and we have had a brilliant response from the UK and Canada.  We have also received films from Israel, Switzerland, Argentina, South Korea, Ecuador, Belgium, Serbia, Australia, Germany and Italy.  our screeners are eager to view more and ...

24th ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL IN MIAMI STARTS FEBRUARY 17, 2010 AT THE INTRACOASTAL THEATER IN NORTH MIAMI BEACH

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CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS OF ISRAELI CINEMA  February 17-25, 2010 at Sunrise Cinemas Intracoastal Mall  Opening Night Honors Presented To  Yehoram Gaon 2010 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award The Peres Center for Peace 2010 IFF Humanitarian Award Shaul Rikman 2010 IFF Founder’s Award David Keinan ~ Akiva Segal ~ Ron Reshef 2010 IFF Community Leadership Award Opening Night Film: A MATTER OF SIZE Nominated for 14 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy) Cl...

New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival

The Sephardic Film Festival was founded in 1990 by Sephardic House (now American Sephardi Federation/Sephardic House).  It was the first Jewish film festival in New York City.   Its goal:

"to illuminate the scope of the
Sephardic experience; to raise the consciousness of the American Jewish, and non-Jewish, community to a better understanding of Sephardic Jewry; and to present, through the medium of film, the history, literature, poetry, music, dance, customs and traditions of the 

Sephardic world."

Film festivals in Israel

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Are you looking for film festivals in Israel? Use our country festival search engine to search by Call for entry, Date and Submission Fee. http://www.fest21.com/en/festivals?filter0=&filter1=&filter2=Israel&filter3=**ALL**&filter4=**ALL** You can also search festivals accepting film submission on fest21.com If your festival is not yet listed in our festivals directory, please click here. ...

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