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Women Without Men
Renowned visual artist Shirin Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of women rights today in Iran as compared to Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government. The film was adapted from the novel…
Kedi - The Cats of an Ancient City
Hundreds of thousands of cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they've wandered in and out of people's lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Winner of Best First…
Past Life
Two Israeli sisters unravel the shocking truth about their father's murky wartime experiences this hybrid detective thriller and heart-tugging melodrama. Unfolding in the late 1970s, PAST LIFE centres on the daughters of Holocaust survivors, combative liberal journalist Nana and her…
A Tale of Love and Darkness
It is 1945, and a young Amos Oz is living in Jerusalem with his parents. It is a difficult time for both the nation and for Oz, whose mother has put the weight of all her hopes and dreams upon…
Reel Bad Arabs - How Hollywood Vilifies a People
This groundbreaking documentary dissects a slanderous aspect of cinematic history that has run virtually unchallenged from the earliest days of silent film to today's biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, the film explores a long line of…
The Farewell Party - Mita Tova
Sassy, poignant and full of heart this is a compassionate, off-beat comedy about life, death and friendship. Ezikiel and his friends at a Jerusalem retirement home build a euthanasia machine to help their terminally ill friend. When rumours of the…
The Wedding Plan - Laavor et hakir
Exhausted by single life at 32, spirited bride-to-be Michal is eager for the comfort and companionship of marriage. When her fiance dumps her one month before their wedding she is devastated but undeterred, and decides to keep her wedding date,…
The Testament
Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, has dedicated his life to diligently studying the Nazi's methodologies across Austria and Hungary. Over the course of his research he discovers classified documents which hint to the fact that his mother is living under…
Constructing the Terrorist Threat - Islamophobia, The Media & The War on Terror
Deepa Kumar, a leading scholar on Islamophobia, argues that U.S. media have turned Arabs and Muslims into the new face of terror, even though only a tiny fraction of Muslims and Arabs have ever committed a terror attack, and terror…
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Viviane Amsalem is seeking a divorce from her estranged husband, and finds herself effectively put on trial by Israel's powerful religious establishment. After three years, her devout husband Elisha still refuses to accede. His cold intransigence, Viviane's determination, and the…
Rabin In His Own Words - A Biography of an Israeli Prime Minister
Through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies and private letters, Yitzhak Rabin's personal and professional dramas unfold. From his childhood as the son of a labor leader before the founding of the State of Israel, through a change…
Bethlehem
Exploring the complex friendship between Israeli secret service officer Raz, and his teenage Palestinian informant, Sanfur, who is also the brother of a senior Palestinian militant, BETHLEHEM follows Sanfur as he becomes increasingly conflicted, learning of the Israeli plan to…
The Occupation of the American Mind - Israel's Public Relations War in the United States
Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -- except the United States. The Occupation of…
In Between - Bar Bahar
Flatmates Leila, a party animal and lawyer from a secular Muslim family, and Salma, a DJ who has yet to come out as a lesbian to her Christian family, are joined by Nour, a conservative Muslim. The three outsiders form…
Summer Vacation
This is the story of family-man, Yuval, who realizes that the closet in which he has lived for so long is starting to fall apart. How far can you run from yourself? Eventually the past will come to knock on…
1948: Creation and Catastrophe - The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: CREATION AND CATASTROPHE reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of…
One Week and a Day - Shavua ve Yom
As Eyal finishes the traditional Jewish week of mourning for his late son, his wife Vicky urges him to return to their routine -- but just because the shiva has ended doesn't mean it's life as usual. Nominated for the…
The Salesman - Forushande
When their Tehran flat is badly damaged, Emad and Rana, a young married couple starring in a Tehran production of Death of a Salesman , are forced to move into a new flat, until recently occupied by a mysterious young…
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT is set in the fictitious locale of Bad City, a stunningly crafted black-and-white world riddled with random events and flawed people that takes its visual cues from Sin City (2005) and the early…
The Challenge - Wealthy Qatari Sheikhs with a Passsion for Falconry
Italian visual artist Yuri Ancarani's exquisite documentary enters the surreal world of wealthy Qatari sheikhs with a passion for amateur falconry. The opulence of this Middle Eastern gas state is on full display as the men race SUVs up and…