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YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Nir Bergman
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, English subtitles
TIME: 87
TEXT: KNAFAYIM SHVURUT / BROKEN WINGS. The life and times of a Haifa family. Starring Orli Zilberschatz-Banai, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz, Vladimir Freedman The first day of school should be a day full of promise and excitement. But for the Ullman family mother Daphne and four children who have been left in financial and existential turmoil since the death of their father, it turns into catastrophe The Marom family is trying to pick up the pieces after the sudden and painful death of the father. Just at the moment when this small and hurting family seems to give up and collapse a shocking event brings them back together and a sense of new beginning prevails. Produced by Assaf Amir (Israel). WOLGIN COMPETITION Jerusalem Film Festival 2002 winner. Also Winner of the Israeli Oscar for Best Film. Also winner at Tokyo Film Festival.


YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Amalia Margolin / Liora Landau
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 45 minutes per episode
SOURCE: Omer TV Communication Ltd., Tel Aviv
TEXT: W.: Moshe Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz, Mark Evanir, Ruti Burenshtein, Tzahi Grad Murder, rape, heritage battles, a bride whose wedding was ruined on her wedding night, a couple in a divorce process struggle over their dog, these and more... human stories loaded with impulse that burst between the court walls, are the dramatic elements, on which the series, The Lawyers, is based. The courtroom is the arena where the prosecutors and defendants, lawyers and judges contend. These dramatic conflicts must reach a ruling by the end of the day, for better or for worse. On the way to the expected ruling, the series exposes its heroes, looks at the interactions between the lawyers and their clients, among the lawyers themselves, examines the relationship (or the gap) between law and justice, and focuses on the "behind the scenes" of the legal world: a world of schemes, intrigues, loaded with dark as well as noble instincts, a world of poetic moments as well as cruel ones. The series wishes to present the beautiful and repugnant, the low and sublime, the dramatic and amusing, the human that is in all of us. The Lawyers is a contemporary series that moves forward rapidly, telling dramatic, impulsive and humorous stories using up-to-date directing, shooting and editing techniques. Folded into each episode are different stories and plot layers, integrating with each other and exposing the heroes and through them, Israeli society with its different faces and sectors. WOLGIN COMPETITION-Jerusalem Film Festival 2002.
From The Jewish Women's Film Festival, NYC, November 17, 2002


YEAR: 1983
DIR/PROD: Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell
TIME: 60
SOURCE: Media Projects, Inc. 214-826-3863 214-826-3919 fax
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TEXT: West of hester street - Jewish leaders concerned that the U. S. would soon close its doors to new immigration, devised a plan to bring thousands of immigrants through the port of Galveston, Texas, and to settle them throughout America's heartland in the early 1900s. With great warmth and humor, the film interweaves the dramatized events of what became known as "the Galveston Movement" with the story of a young Jewish peddler who journeys from Russia to Texas. The late Sam Jaffe narrates the immigrant's heart-warming story. (60 mins, 1983)
Faced with poverty and death, millions of Eastern European Jews poured into America in the early 1900's. They crowded into ghettos along the Eastern seaboard. Jewish leaders grew concerned that the U.S. government would soon close its doors to these new immigrants. They devised a plan to bring thousands of immigrants through the port of Galveston, Texas, and to settle them throughout America's heartland. This plan became known as the GALVESTON MOVEMENT. There were even some unexpected results."I told them I was a blacksmith," said one greenhorn. "So who knew from blacksmith? I had to say something. So I became a peddler. Peddler...shmeddler... if it earned me an honest living, I'd do it." With great warmth and humor, WEST OF HESTER STREET interweaves the dramatized events of the Galveston Movement with the story of a young Jewish peddler who journeys from Russia to Texas. The late Sam Jaffe narrates the immigrant's heart-warming story.

Shattered Dreams of Peace. The Untold Story of the Middle East Peace Process

TITLE: Shattered Dreams of Peace. The Untold Story of the Middle East Peace Process
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Dan Setton, Tor Ben-Mayor / A co-production between SET Productions, France 2, C-films, Switzerland, WGBH and Abu Dhabi TV
TIME: 2x60 doc beta
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
TEXT: In the summer of the year 2000, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were on the brink of reaching a peace agreement. After years of negotiation, both sides seemed ready to move forward. Never before had the dream of peace seemed so close. Within weeks, however, the window of opportunity had closed and the peace process had collapsed. The vision became blurred. Negotiations and reconciliation made way for anger and vengeance. The drums of war are beating and peace now seems farther than ever. What went wrong? As the Middle East continues to erupt in violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the film examines the faltering, frustrating quest for peace. Beginning with the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, this two-hour documentary traces the ongoing peace process through years of negotiations and before-seen footage of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and interviews with key figures on both sides of the bargaining table, "Shattered Dreams" gives viewers unprecedented access to the decision making process on which the fate of millions depends. World Sales: WGBH International, USA Festivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd.

Going Dutch

TITLE: Going Dutch
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Ohad Ufaz / Itay Ken-Tor - Shvil Track Filmmaking
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 60 Min Beta
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
TEXT: Documentary. Daphna has two Dutch mothers. Her biological mother Lillian left Israel and went back to Holland when Daphna was three years old. Daphna stayed with her Israeli father Haim and her stepmother Yoke, who is also Dutch. We wanted to have a child, but it was clear that Daphna had to go and live beside her mother before she could become a mother herself. Going Dutch is the story of our journey to Holland. To try to belong to the world she would have belonged to had she gone with her mother back then, a world that could be the reality of our children. But trying to fit in with the Dutch "if world" is not easy, trying to get close to Daphna's mother after so many years is hard and the stork we're looking for is in no hurry. Says Ohad Ufaz: "I filmed the movie as Daphna's partner, escorting her on a quest through lands and cultures, memories and hopes, anger and forgiveness, a jourey towards a mother's love." Best Documentary Award - The Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, 2002. Festivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd.

My Four Children

TITLE: My Four Children
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Nitza Gonen / Nitza Gonen - Gon Productions
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 53 Min Beta
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
TEXT: Documentary. After losing one of her four children to a terrorist attack and another to a car accident, Nelly Portughez feels she has nothing to live for. Hope returns with her decision to open her home and heart to four abandoned babies, all with Down Syndrome. Raising them and caring for them as if they were regular children, brings a smile back to Nelly's face. She copes with the challenge and grapples with the difficulties and despite opposition and resentment from her husband and two daughters. This is the study of a unique woman who decides, against all odds, to stand up for her right and to give and receive love and life Festivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd.

On The Front Line

TITLE: On The Front Line
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Hanoch Zeevi
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 54 Min Beta
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
TEXT: Documentary. They have finished their high-school studies and deferred their service in the Israeli army in order to volunteer for a year's community work and preliminary military training in a special pre-enlistment program in Gilo, Jerusalem. These young men and women both religious and secular, of a variety of political persuasions - are typical products of Israeli society trying to live together for one year during which they hope to get to know one another and to put the prejudices they have grown up with to the test of daily life. One month after their arrival a new chapter in the annals of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unfolds before their very eyes with the sudden outbreak of the Al-Aqsa intifada. The outbreak of hostilities finds the group only a few meters away from the firing line, close to what within days will become one of the symbols of the year - the northern border of Jerusalem, a favourite target for snipers in the nearby Arab town of Beit Jala on the other side of the valley. In the course of this "survival year" the main characters pour out their hearts and say what many Israelis think and feel. They provide us with a rare opportunity to observe Israeli society as it appears through the eyes of young people awaiting the start of their military service who have found themselves, one year too early, in the front line. Festivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd.

Jonathan a Different Child

TITLE: Jonathan a Different Child
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Nitza Gonen
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 53 Min Beta
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
TEXT: Documentary. This is a film about coping with raising up an autistic child. Yossi Mar Haim and Michal Ne'eman, two acclaimed Israeli artists, whose work - he is a musician, she is a painter - was their whole life till the birth of their only son - Jonathan. They are both in their 50s. They will not have another child. Their only child is autistic, and they are devoting their lives to Jonathan - a beautiful child who touches everyone's heart. Yossi and Michal's doubts, fears, everyday struggle, inevitable guilt feelings are boldly portrayed. Festivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd.

Adolph Eichmann - The Secret Memoirs

TITLE: Adolph Eichmann - The Secret Memoirs
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Nissim Mossek, Alan Rosenthal / Sharon Schaveet - Blue Rose Productions
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 2 X 56 min., BETA
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
TEXT: Documentary. He was responsible for the murder of over 5 million Jews, but 40 years after his execution he still remains an enigma. How did this gray unsuccessful traveling oil salesman rise to power in the SS? What drove him? What was the secret of his success? Who was the real Adolph Eichmann? Adolph Eichmann - the Secret Memoirs is not just an in-depth profile of one man. Shot all over Europe it is also the first comprehensive film to expose Eichmann's environment and analyze how the tragedy of the "Final Solution" was seen by the insiders, by the murderers themselves. This Secret Memoirs is largely released secret diaries and for the first time ever, gives the public a unique insight into his motives and inner thoughts. Eichmann relates, plainly and bluntly, how he perfected the Eichmann system that led directly to the gas chambers. It also uses newly discovered materials from the German Stasi files, and rarely seen footage. It includes interviews with those who met Eichmann, such as his Jewish cook who watched him kill a child, Teddy Kollek who negotiated with him in Vienna, Elie Wiesel who saw Eichmann inspecting the death transports and the prison guard who hanged him. Festivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. A Co-Production of Blue Rose Productions, Jerusalem and EO The Netherlands; In Association with: DR TV Denmark, MTV Hungary and STV Slovakia. World Sales: ZDF Distribution, Germany Festivals & Special Screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd

Cycles of Enmity

TITLE: Cycles of Enmity
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: / Dan Seton
COUNTRY: Israel/Ireland
TIME: 2x48 minutes
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
TEXT: Look at my conflict, I'll look at yours. The Irish conflict as seen by an Israeli filmmaker, the Middle East conflict via the eyes of his Irish colleague. In Jerusalem, the walls were torn down; in Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland, the fences were torn down too, yet both cities remain divided. While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rages at high intensity, the Irish conflict appears to be coming to an end. Wailing Walls is a journey to that other conflict. The filmmaker speaks with the people of Ireland, members of the Protestant underground, the widow of a high ranking IRA officer, and others. Balance of Fear tells the story of the conflict in the Middle East. The film meets the people of both sides, the day-to-day life in a region that has long forgotten the essence of mundane routine. From the centre of the political map to those that inhabit the margins, Cycles of Enmity dissolves the borders between 'sides'. Watching the others' conflict reveals the bitter truth that there are no sides to take. World Sales: Cinephil Festivals and Special screenings: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd.

Reflections of Women. Drama series from Israeli TV

TITLE: Reflections of Women. Drama series from Israeli TV
YEAR: 2002
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Ltd. , 8 Tverya Street, Jeruslaem 94543. tel 972 2 6222 086 Fax 972 2 625 6047
Series Originators: Etti Anetta-Segev, Michael Tapuach
Series Editors: Etti Anetta-Segev, Dina Zvi-Riklis

All I've Got
(Fic., 70 min., BETA 2002, new release)
Written & Directed by: Keren Margalit
Synopsis: A 72-year-old grandmother dies and finds herself on a ferry which will take her across the river to the hereafter. On the ferryboat she meets her first love, who was killed in a road accident in which they were both involved when they were young. She is presented with a fateful choice: to start life afresh as a 22-year-old - her age at the time of the accident - and to relinquish all her memories of the life she has lived with her husband and children; or to remain a 72-year-old woman with all her life's memories intact. If she chooses the second alternative she will get off the boat when it reaches its destination and will never be truly reunited with her beloved, who has been waiting for her on the ferryboat for fifty long years.
Major Cast: Lea Szlanger, Nathan Cogan, Sylwia Trzesniowska, Amit Drori, Yarden Bar-Kochva

The Postwoman
(Fic., 50 min., BETA 2002, new release)
Written by: Aya Shva
Directed by: Dina Zvi-Riklis
Synopsis: The postwoman, a very ordinary single woman in her forties encumbered with an ailing mother, falls in love with a man who has recently moved into her postal distribution area. Impulsively, and quite uncharacteristically, she appropriates a letter addressed to him by an unknown woman who has written to him in response to an advertisement in the personal column of the local newspaper. Using an assumed name, the postwoman embarks upon a fantastic and intimate correspondence with the man to whom she is so greatly attracted. Just as she decides to give up her assumed identity, her unrequited love affair and her job, the attractive new neighbour suddenly sees her in a new light, as he realises that his unremarkable postwoman, whom he has barely noticed until now, is in fact the mysterious correspondent whose poetic and sensitive letters have utterly captivated him.
Major Cast: Orly Zilberschatz-Banai, Moshe Ivgi, Jeramine Unikowski, Orly Tobaly

Tail of a Kite
(Fic., 52 min., BETA 2002, new release)
Written by: Orit Kimmel, Miri Rozovski
Directed by: Shiri Tsur
Synopsis: Micki is a 12-year-old girl who has been packed off to spend the summer holidays with her grandparents, far away from her parents who are engaged in divorce proceedings. But this holiday in the country turns out to be far from idyllic, as Micki is forced to deal with the complexities of the adult world: the money problems which cause her grandmother to try to persuade her grandfather to sell the chicken farm which is his pride and joy, and - much worse - the presence in the house of Micki's disturbed Aunt Noga, her mother's sister, who grants her sexual favours indiscriminately. The relationship which develops between Micki and her unhappy aunt exposes the growing girl to the realities of the world beyond the charmed circle of childhood.
Major Cast: Lani Shachaf, Gaya Traub, Miriam Gavrieli, Mosko Alkalai, Natan Segen Cohen

One Thousand Calories
(Fic., 52 min., BETA 2002, new release)
Written by: Nava Semel
Directed by: Dalia Mevorach
Avigail, a fat, pretty, sexy woman in her early forties, decides to go with her two closest friends, Saraleh and Noya, to a health farm on the slopes of Mount Carmel, in northern Israel. This is yet another attempt on Avigail's part to shed the excess weight which upsets her so much. It upsets her husband, too, and he makes no attempt to hide his displeasure. Noya is a divorcee with a son in the army, and this holiday is her small revenge on her present lover who has just decided to try to solve his mid-life crisis by taking time out to go to India. Saraleh has flown home from abroad to join her friends on the health-farm trip at the last moment. She is unable to have children and she and her husband, the Israeli ambassador to Japan, have finally decided to try to adopt a child - but things aren't going smoothly. For the three women calorie-counting quickly turns into soul-searching. They balance the successes against the failures, draw up the balance sheet of family and friends.
Major Cast: Esthie Zakheim, Dalit Cahan, Smadar Klachinksi

The Shadow of Your Smile
(Fic., 47 min., BETA 1998)
Written and Directed by: Eitan Anner
Synopsis: The characters of The Shadow of Your Smile have no names, only aliases. They are channels in the Sayas wireless network (named after a popular Israeli radio personality) composed of bored soldiers trying to pass the wee hours of the night. Sayas has no mean station, no officers, no commanders and nobody is identified by a real name. It's a clandestine network but from 4 to 5 a.m., Sayas is the hottest wave length. On the eve of a holiday, everyone has gone home except for Bat, a 19 year-old communication solider. Bat sits alone in a subterranean communication room full of equipment. Though he already has enough problems with his commander, he is active on Sayas. He has four roommates Icecream, Waggon and Big Mac, two infantry men who do jeep patrols, Nelson, a medic and Bobby Solo, Solo, a shell-shocked reserve soldiers. The soldiers chatter joke and pitch until they hear a voice on the network: "Syahas channel, this is Moon", and Bat knows that something has happened. Moon is a female soldier with a clear caressing beautiful voice that put all the stations into a tizzy. Moon remains a voice only. Will Bat manage to pique her interest before she disappears? Can he attract her via the radio waves? Will he or anyone else succeed in covering her true identity? Will Bat get her phone number and arrange a meeting in the real world?
Best Drama- Jerusalem International Film Festival, 1998


YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell
TIME: 60
SOURCE: Media Projects, Inc. 214-826-3863 214-826-3919 fax
TEXT: A contemporary look at the lives of contemporary Jewish singles and the various ways they search for love from the personal ads and internet dating to old style matchmakers and singles conventions. Filled with hope and humor, trials and tribulations, the film is for everyone who has ever been single, along with the family and friends helping them make a "love connection." With its mixture of joys and disappointments, the film addresses what some rabbis say is one of the most important efforts in Judaism today - matching Jewish singles with each other and encouraging them to maintain their Jewish identity. From Morristown, New Jersey to San Diego, California, and cities in between, Make Me A Match introduces viewers to different styles of matchmaking. The film follows one Dallas woman to a dating service, to singles events, and a session on the internet as she looks for a Jewish mate. Twenty-four enthusiastic matchmakers in San Diego; a modern-day Tevye-like matchmaker in Crown Heights, Brooklyn; a rabbi and his wife from Morristown, NJ, who have been matchmaking for 20 years; the singles scene at an annual Dallas-Fort Worth singles convention and a Jewish dating service; a sample of catching a catch on the internet - all show Jewish singles seeking soul mates and the Herculean efforts Jews make to hold onto their identity. (60 mins, 2001)

KEEP ON WALKING Joshua Nelson: The Jewish Gospel Singer

TITLE: KEEP ON WALKING Joshua Nelson: The Jewish Gospel Singer
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Tana Ross, Jesper Sorensen, Freke Vuijst , and Vibeke Winding
TIME: 53
TEXT: Filmed on location in Newark, St. Louis, Stockholm and Jerusalem this film is a celebration of an exceptional young man, Joshua Nelson. Joshua, an African American who is Jewish, transcends the differences between races and faiths through his music. He is both an up-and-coming gospel singer in the tradition of Mahalia Jackson and a Hebrew teacher. Joshua began singing at 13. His mother remembers him as an eccentric youth, displaying leadership qualities from an early age. In this film, he participates in jazz sessions, concert performances in this country and abroad and religious observances. Through his composing, gospel singing and chanting Torah, Joshua is the musical embodiment of cultural harmony. His rich voice, charismatic personality, and singular ideas make this a powerful and inspiring film for all audiences


TITLE: The Hebrew Hammer
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Jonathan Kesselman
SOURCE: Agent is ICM, Sundance 2003, Email content films at
TEXT: Batman had a bat-rope.. the Hebrew Hammer has tefillin that can be used to climb walls. An Orthodox Jew, on a mission to save Hanukkah, teams with the beautiful daughter of the world's top Jewish leader as they try and destroy the evil homicidal Santa (Santa's evil son, Damian), played by Andy Dick. Kesselman will make his directorial debut and produce. Lisa Fragner and Sofia Sondervan to also produce. Ed Pressman and John Schmidt will Executive Produce. Adam Goldberg will star
Wouldn't it be great if a super hero could save a Jewish kid from taunts by non-Jewish classmates and punks? The Hebrew Hammer can kick ass for Jewish kids everywhere. He is a Semitic Superfly. When Damien, Santa's evil son, tries to corrupt Christmas, and push xmas on Hasidic kids using "It's A Wonderful Life" videos, THE HEBREW HAMMER must swoop in with the help of Mohammed (Kwanza front) and Esther (Justice League). In the words of Sundance... it is a Jew-x-ploitation film. CAST: Adam Goldberg, Andy Dick, Mario Van Peebles, Peter Coyote, Judy Greer
Okay.. having seen the film, I can tell you it is the best Jewish film of 2003. It's satire on the organized Jewish community and Jewish guilt and circumcision is a must see. The heads of the writers should be enshrined in a chopped liver mold.


YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Jerrod Levine (Jerry Levine) (former anchor of the Miami tv news, who quit the reporter/anchor biz to work for a Lubavitch group the ministers to prison inmates (Aleph)), and then founded Higher Authority Productions)
TIME: 60
SOURCE: Higher Authority Productions, Miami Florida.
TEXT: From the producers: "Generations In The Sun," is Higher Authority Production's exciting new documentary which explores the little known and fascinating Jewish roots of Florida history. The project is a collaboration with WLRN. "Generations In The Sun," is scheduled to premiere in 2002 on WLRN. The program we are now completing covers the time span beginning with the earliest Jewish settlers arriving in 1763, and ends with the onset of World War II. The second part will cover the booming 1940s and 1950s. The final installment will open with the mass emigration of Cuban Jews which began in the early 1960s, and take us to current day. Our program includes interviews with noted historians and demographers such as Howard Kleinberg, Marsha Zerivitz, Paul George, Ira Sheskin, and Dr. Samuel Proctor; as well as true Florida pioneers and the living relatives still carrying on their remarkable legacies. Our interview list includes: Alvin Cassel*, son of one of Florida's earliest department store owners, co-founder of the Broad and Cassel law firm, and one of Miami's earliest native residents; Morris Lapidus*, the internationally renown architect of such landmarks as the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels, as well as Lincoln Road Mall; Mickey and Louis Wolfson III, the son and grandson of the founder of WTVJ and Wometco theaters; Diane Camber, the Director of the Bass Museum, whose famous father was the Everglades fishing guide of former presidents such as Herbert Hoover; the Seitlan brothers, whose father was an early cattle trader and leather tanner; Bernard Blank*, another of Florida's earliest business leaders; Ruth Greenfield and Edna Wolkowsky, whose great grandfather pioneered Key West; Bernard Roth*, a renown civic activist who battled against Jewish discrimination in the nation's courts; Geri Riskin, the granddaughter of Isadore Cohen, who was Miami's first permanent Jewish settler and an original signer of the City of Miami Charter; Marcella Unger-Werblow, whose father spearheaded the establishment of the Orange Bowl Committee and opened the Florida territory for Buick Motors; Joanne Bass, whose family started Joe's Famous Stone Crab restaurant; and many others too numerous to list here. Never intended as a "who's who" of established and successful Jews, "Generations In The Sun" conveys the dynamism of South Florida history through the eyes of those who were inextricably caught up at the very core of the State's development and growth. Along the way, the program imparts an integral message that will impact anyone sensitive to the plight of new immigrants endeavoring to adapt to, and make progress in, what was then a risky new frontier - plagued with killer hurricanes, unyielding heat, Yellow Fever, and discrimination. In short, it's a ground breaking project we believe will provide a fitting follow up to "Israel's Forgotten Heroes," our Emmy-Award winning national PBS documentary about the courageous Jewish war veterans of the Diaspora who helped Israel win its War of Independence in 1948.


YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: M Moldofs
TIME: 14:30
TEXT: The Briss - An anti-romantic comedy in which a young couple breaks up during a relative's circumcision ceremony. Graham thinks things are going fine with his girlfriend Sonya until they arrive at her sister's house for her nephew's briss (circumcision), and she tells him they're breaking up. He chases her all over the house trying to get an explanation, while relatives interrupt and ask them, "So? You're going to be next?" The moment he finally accepts her decision is the moment the baby cries out. Festival screenings: Blue Sky International Film Festival; New York International Film & Video Film Festival; Salon des Refuses; Theatrfix Festival; Flicker
Contact: 215 Howland Avenue, Toronto ON M5R 3B7 Canada (416) 944-1912 also wrote the screenplay for Santa Wore Sidelocks - A warm hearted satire on consumerism in an age of global strife, in which a Jewish Santa Claus is kidnapped by a little girl to bring financial aid to her war torn country.


YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Jonathan Wald
TIME: 14
SOURCE: Jonathan Wald ph 415 564 0153 e-mail
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TEXT: D.J. Harner, Elliott Grey and Marilyn Fox star in Jonathan Wald's short about a woman who is forced to question her family life and marriage when an old college friend visits during Passover. Is she a former lover? Is she in bondage? Covers several Passover seders in a family with a husband, two sons, and yes, a dissatisfied woman. A visit from an old friend, who's life seems to have joy and purpose awakens her from her unsatifactory sleep-walking existence as a wife and mother, and the dissatisfaction deepens with every Passover. Great acting, well shot, excellent blocking of the bed and eggs and seder readings, but a tad confusing about the sleep-walking existence. At UCLA, Wald made three films: Just Out of Reach which was a finalist in the IFP2000 student film competition, In My Secrecy which received the UCLA Spotlight Award, a Cine Eagle Award and was a finalist in the Planet Out Shorts Competition, and Lives of the Pharaohs which won the Audience Award in the Planet Out Shorts Competition.


TITLE: Breadcrumbs
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Ruven Hannah
TIME: 9 minutes
TEXT: An elderly father talks candidly with his son about his son's homosexuality. The father expresses loving disapproval throughout the interview, but a telephone call during taping brings an surprising twist to this story

deaf heaven

TITLE: deaf heaven
YEAR: 1993
DIR/PROD: Steve Levitt
TIME: 25
TEXT: Steve Levitt's Deaf Heaven is about AIDS, angels, faith and the Holocaust; it is also an affecting drama about a young man tending to his dying lover. A man who is losing his lover to AIDS encounters a Jewish Holocaust survivor in a sauna at his health club. The survivor senses the man's sadness; after the young man shares his impending loss, the survivor shares what it means to lose someone within a historical context and what it means to be a witness to history. Deaf Heaven is a landmark work that offers the clearest and strongest comparison yet between the AIDS pandemic and the Holocaust.


TITLE: Afflicted
YEAR: 1982
DIR/PROD: Amos Gutman
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: 25 b/w
TEXT: From renowned gay director of Amazing Grace and the first Israeli director to deal openly with homosexuality in Israel, Afflicted tells the story of a young, closeted Israeli man who visits a drag bar one night in search of sexual expression. Afflicted was Gutman's third short and was used as the basis for his debut feature of the same title. Barroom scenes are vintage-style drag footage from another Israel during another time, permeated by hope and desire.

Amos Gutman, Filmmaker

TITLE: Amos Gutman, Filmmaker
YEAR: 1997
DIR/PROD: Ran Kotzer
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English subtitles
TIME: 64
TEXT: "From 1977 to his untimely death in 1993, Amos Gutman directed six films, all of them deeply personal reflections of his own life. Interviews with lovers, family and friends--including some of the most important people in Israeli cinema--tell the gripping story of a strikingly handsome, charismatic and deeply passionate gay man who has become a revered cult figure in Israeli cinema. Interviews with the late filmmaker and fascinating footage of him on the set convey the same passion that comes through in scenes from his films, lovingly selected by documentarian Ran Kotzer. Like Fellini, Gutman transformed his dreams and everyday conversations with friends and family into integral parts of his pictures. He is most remarkable for his striking and original use of the frame. Every shot is a treasure. Amos Gutman dared to portray subjects that were taboo in his society, and his search for the right of individual expression is the connecting link of his works. " --1998 SF Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco

A Biography of Lilith

TITLE: A Biography of Lilith
DIR/PROD: Lynne Sachs
TIME: 35
TEXT: In an updated version of the creation myth, a modern Lilith muses on a life that has included giving up a baby and working as a dancer in a bar. An experimental style film.

I am ... Carol
Thomas Halaczinsky
20 min
First in a series of studies of women's lives. Carol, a 67 year old cancer survivor who is determined to make a difference in the world and not let life's obstacles define her identity

She and I
Myrel Chernick
21 minutes
a glimpse at the life of the filmmaker's immigrant grandmother in Canada in the 1920s and 30s.

Irene Lusztig
90 minutes
Why did her beautiful Romanian Jewish grandmother embrace Communism, get involved in a bank robbery, and spend years in prison. The filmmaker explores her life.

We Got Us
Joan Brooker
27 minutes
Between bams and cracks four old mahjong friends on the Upper West Side of Manhattan talk about life, friendship and assorted husbands and lovers.

Advice and Dissent
Director: Leib Cohen
USA, 2002
A heartwarming, romantic comedy that puts a new spin on an old Jewish morality tale based on Talmudic law. Featuring a well-known cast, including Eli Wallach as the wise rabbi who counsels an unhappy, self-absorbed, businessman (John Pankow) out to get rid of his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon).
21 min.

The Smile of Isaac
Director: Stephan Rabinovitch
French with English subtitles
Stephan Rabinovitch's fun and entertaining documentary takes us from New York to Tel Aviv, in a light-hearted look at Jewish humor and its roots in the humanistic Jewish tradition. Through interviews with ordinary people, funny stories, archival footage, and clips from feature films, this documentary immerses us in a distinct, yet universal, type of comedy, one that looks inward, always poking fun by laughing at oneself, not at others.
52 min.

Director: Nati Adler
Israel, 2001
Hebrew with English subtitles
Buchachi is a lovely Israeli film about courage, identity and commitment between the fabulous pilots of Israel and their cooks.
52 min.

Three Fingers
Director: Daphna Levin
Israel, 2001
Hebrew with English subtitles
Three Fingers is a short comedic adventure with police, taxi drivers, chases, doctors, hospitals, missing fingers and most of all, a good laugh.
52 min.

In the Mirror of Maya Deren
Director: Martina KudlŠcek
Austria, 2002
This documentary whets the appetite for more about Maya Deren, a pioneer of the American avant-garde. Born in Kiev, Deren moved to America where she collaborated with the likes of choreographer Katharine Dunham and anthropologist Gregory Bateso. She later became a noted filmmaker. Gorgeously shot, this fascinating biography is a monument to an important and overlooked artist. Haitian dance scenes and clips illustrate her works.
Winner of the Vienna Film Award.
104 min.

An aging lounge singer considers her options after her unfaithful partner drops her for another woman. Written and directed by Victoria Arch. (2002)

Dan Bree
In the history of Islam, love between men is a century-old phenomenon. Homosexuality was something you did, not professed. At the same time, the Koran is everything but multi-interpretable regarding homosexuality. 'It is prohibited to practise lust with a man.' In this short, traditionally composed documentary, imam Iftekhar is one of the three men expressing their standpoint - arduously acquired or not - on homosexuality and Islam. But although Iftekhar represents the established opinions, he feels the time has come to review the interpretation of the Koran, in the light of what is happening in the 21st century and what is now considered normal. Kyriell, gay and an imam's eldest son, struggled a long time with his love for Islam and that for men. 'At first, I thought if this religion doesn't want me, I don't want this religion.' But years of soul-searching led him back to the faith, after all. Arslan, on the contrary, rigorously threw religion overboard. 'If you believe in Islam, you should live as a good Moslem. You have to give up your feeling. If you want to burn in hell, like me, it's goodbye God.'
Verenigde Staten,
colour, video, 7 min.
Editing: Dan Bree. Music: Abysis Projects, Djembe. Photography: Dan Bree, Elisabeth James

the bitter choice
Mazen Saadeh
Susan Shalabi
On 2 November 1917, the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Arthur Balfour launched the plan to establish a home for the Jewish people in Palestine. When Jerusalem was captured from the Turkish troops by the British general Edmund Allenby a month later, the Jewish flow of immigrants commenced. Palestinians were deported and their houses destroyed to make room for the newcomers. Ever since, the original Palestinian inhabitants and the Israeli community have been at each other's throats. AL KHAYAR AL MORR / THE BITTER CHOICE deals with the causes and consequences of the suicide attempts, mostly committed by young people who think they have no future. Either they live in the margins or they die for their ideals. A Hamas member is introduced, who seriously maimed his hand when making explosives. He explains how volunteers are prepared for their suicide attacks and how they will walk into paradise as heroes. The film includes video statements by a number of 'martyrs', shortly before they set out. Relatives of one of them are asked what they would have said to stop him. All this takes place against the background of the political and social frictions between Palestinians and Israelis, visualised by means of headlines, footage of attacks and public manifestations with Hamas suicide squads, and funerals at both sides. What is also made clear is that this war, too, only has losers.
colour, video, 52 min.
Editing: Ma'moun Matar
Photography: Ayman Al-Azrak, Khaleel Saadeh, Susan Shalabi
Production: Mazen Saadeh
Director: Mazen Saadeh, Susan Shalabi

on borders
Danielle Arbid
In this road movie, filmmaker Danielle Arbid tries to conjure up an image of the country that is called Israel or Palestine. She literally makes an outflanking movement: for some weeks, she follows the border and looks at the other side from South Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, without ever crossing the boundary. In South Lebanon, she visits one of the Hezbollah strongholds and talks with the person responsible for the logo and other visual expressions of this movement. In these circles, the name Israel is rarely mentioned, 'There isn't anything like the map of Israel', they say. The filmmaker also speaks with the occupants of a refugee camp that has existed since 1948, but where the people are still hoping for an eventual return to their native land. In the north of Jordan, a rather eccentric man lives, who grows vegetables and fruit in the valley at the foot of the Golan Heights, along the river that constitutes the border there, a heavenly place where a deceptive quiet reigns. Because in Lebanon, in Syria and along the Jordanian border, everywhere, the Israeli soldiers, the barricades and the traces of war and violence are visible. For many of those living at this side of the border, the country on the other side is the promised land, the place they fantasise about and keep longing for. For others, the hatred of those who deny them the possibility to live in freedom and to travel predominates.
BelgiŽ, Frankrijk,
colour, video, 59 min.
Editing: AgnŤs Mouchel Music: Soapkills Narration: Danielle Arbid Narrator: Danielle Arbid Photography: Raymond Fromont, Antoine Heberle Production: Christian Baute Director: Danielle Arbid Sound: Philippe Fabbri, Olivier Hespel

looking for shehrzad
Safi Yazdanian
An old Iranian black-and-white commercial is shown, a rather sumptuous adaptation of the Arabian Nights, in which Scheherazade saves her skin by telling about Shahpasand Vegetable Oil. The film was made during the regime of the Persian Shah, when women in short skirts or bathing suits could be shown on TV without a problem. The hilarious introductory compilation of excerpts even includes a detergent commercial in which the black chadors of a group of female dolls turn white when washed. Only a few days after the Islamic Revolution of 11 February 1979, the 'capitalistic' TV commercial was prohibited. Since then, the freedom of advertisers has increased again, but there are still strict restrictions. At the end of the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq, banks and insurance companies were permitted to advertise on TV. From static images, these then went from cute children's faces to modern computer animations. Director Safi Yazdanian shows this development with great wit and interviews present-day, usually frustrated publicity agents. The recurring subject is censorship. Meanwhile, Yazdanian keeps searching for Scheherazade, the woman in the TV commercial. First, she was not allowed to appear on-screen, which forced the filmmakers to find creative solutions. The swiftly edited and varied documentary deals a final teasing blow with the end credits: a soundtrack with jazz is used: a musical genre that is still forbidden for makers of commercials.
Iran, 2002
colour / black and white, video, 53 min.
Editing: Fardin Saheb-Zamani Narrator: Leyla Hatami Photography: Homayoun Payvar Production: Hamid Reza Sadr Director: Safi Yazdanian Sound: Roholah Rezaei

Natalie Assouline
Four years ago, Natalie from Israel ended her relationship with her Irish boyfriend Mark. They had been deeply in love for three years and were even planning to get married, but then Natalie would have had to move to Ireland. In addition, her parents were completely opposed to the relationship, because Mark was Roman-Catholic and not Jewish. Natalie still has regrets that she was not able to say goodbye to Mark properly at the time. She resolves to pay a visit to him in Ireland to speak to him one last time, so she will finally be able to forget him. Her parents do not like her plan, and when she phones Mark it turns out that he is about to get married; his fiancťe does not want him to arrange a meeting with Natalie. Nevertheless, Natalie travels to Ireland.
Ierland, IsraŽl, 2002
colour, video, 41 min.
Editing: Stephanie Abramovich Narration: Natalie Assouline Photography: Gonen Glaser Production: Natalie Assouline Director: Natalie Assouline Sound: Yuda Nayim

Appeared at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival
A personal kaleidoscopic journey into a filmmaker's tragic family story and a meditation on the power of images. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Karl Nussbaum says his film is an attempt to see hope in life when surrounded by horror and despair; an attempt to balance death with the beauty of the life force. (1998)

Hany Abu-Assad
The white Ford vans driving around all over Palestine once belonged to the Israeli army, which gave them to former collaborators as a source of income after the Oslo agreements. Soon, they were sold and employed as taxis. Today, thousands of these vans drive around, which makes the market fairly saturated. Director Hany Abu-Assad followed cab driver Rajai and his passengers in Ramallah and Jerusalem, along roadblocks and short cuts. The passengers make up a heterogeneous company with divergent opinions about the situation in Palestine and views of the conflict with Israel. Apart from ordinary people, local celebrities such as politician Hanna Ashrawi and filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg (PROMISES) make use of Rajai's van. With the bus passengers, the whole film then meanders along some of the determining elements of Rajai's life, so we not only gain insight in this young man's character and background, but also into the complex situation in the region. For example, we hear about Rajai's family, his sidelines such as smuggling illegal CDs, his view of the political situation and (im)possible solutions for it, his dream of a future abroad, and his fascination with and even appreciation of the perpetrators of suicide attacks. But above all, his frustration emerges with his life as a taxi driver. Like everywhere, this mainly consists of finding customers before they choose to take another taxi.
colour, 35mm, 1 hour(s) 20 min.
Editing: Patrick Minks
Photography: Menno Westendorp
Production: Bero Beyer Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Screenplay: Hany Abu-Assad
Shown at Sundance, 2003

After the proclamation of the Jewish State in 1948, more than half a million Jews migrated to Israel from all over the world. Nearly a quarter of them came from Iraq, the so-called Mizrahim, Oriental Jews who had been at home there for three thousand years. Many of them did not leave home for Zionist purposes, but as a result of pogroms and biased legislation. Samir, a son of Iraqi immigrants in Switzerland, visited a number of Iraqi Jews in Israel. His starting point was the Iraqi communist party - the strongest communist party in the Middle East - that his father used to be a member of in Iraq. The four men Samir meets explain how they grew up as Jews in Baghdad, where they lived in harmony next to Christians and Moslems until the government was overthrown by radical Moslems. In their new fatherland, they are not exactly welcomed with open arms, as 'Arabs' and communists. About this emigration period, Ben Gurion even lamented once: 'We kicked out good Arabs and brought in bad Jews.' In the interviews, the four men and sociologist and film historian Ella Shohat talk with the necessary sense of humour and perspective about issues like alienation and creating a new identity. 'We had the wrong identity everywhere.' On the other half of the split screen, their words are immediately sustained visually by photographs, archive footage and light-hearted fragments from one hundred years of cinema, including stereotypical Jews and Arabs.
Duitsland, Zwitserland,
colour, 35mm, 1 hour(s) 50 min.
Editing: Samir, Nina Schneider Music: Rabih Abou-Khalil Narration: Samir Narrator: Samir Photography: Nurit Aviv, Phillipe Bellaiche Production: Karin Koch, Samir Director: Samir Screenplay: Samir Sound: Tully Chen

Randi Steinberger
Why do we visit pilgrim's places, art capitols and tourist's paradises en masse? Travelling from Jerusalem via Florence to Las Vegas, Steinberger takes the answers to these questions to an increasingly general plane. In Jerusalem (welcoming 3 million visitors a year), we see tourists visiting the holy places, buying souvenirs and putting themselves through torments that Jesus Christ once endured. What they are looking for is elucidated in short statements by pilgrims, tour operators, church leaders, guides, scientists, souvenir vendors, etc. All these opinions put forward a few basic ideas. Tourism and commerce overgrow religion. Sacred places and objects give people the feeling that they are part of some higher order. In the same way, we look at Florence, where each year 6 million tourists drink in the prime of Renaissance Art. The (street) interviews allow the same conclusion as in Jerusalem. People feel dumbfounded and overwhelmed. The countless tourists and the massive trade in souvenirs 'have turned the city into a congealed moment in time.' The climax of this film journey is reached in Las Vegas. In this city, 36 million people a year enjoy replicas of famous cities and monuments, cinematic reconstructions of historical moments, spectacular shows and dazzling gambling palaces. Here, the reality, which people also look for in Jerusalem and Florence, is better and more typical (and even more soulless) than in reality.
Verenigde Staten, (USA)
colour, video, 50 min.
Editing: Fabienne Rawley Music: Harlan Steinberger Narration: Randi Steinberger Narrator: Randi Steinberger Photography: Alessandro Berti, Chuck Lang, Dani Zion Production: Randi Steinberger Director: Randi Steinberger Screenplay: Randi Steinberger Sound: Nick Couscouris

Ilan Ziv
On 11 September 2001, America was brutally confronted with the phenomenon of the suicide attack. In HUMAN WEAPON, the history is outlined of this effective weapon that can be made with simple technology and without an army. On 18 April 1983, it was employed for the first time in Beirut, when a truck with 1000 kilos of explosives drove into the American embassy. A woman who survived the attack tells about that fatal day, that heralded an era of new warfare. This well-documented film provides a lot of information on this brand of terrorism. An exiled religious student tells about the Iranian Bassiji, who were trained as martyrs for the Islamic revolution. In camps eleven- and twelve-year-old children were brainwashed and tens of thousands died in the war against Iraq. A sign in the streets of Iran still reads: 'Martyrs are the symbol of Iran's strength'. Several countries are successively visited, such as Sri Lanka, which also has a long history of suicide attacks. The head of the political branch of Hezbollah, Sheik Malek Wehbe, is introduced and Hamas leader Mohamed M.A. Marzouk explains that the suicide attacks are a reaction to the Israelian killing of Palestinians. In a confidential Hamas training film, we see how civilians are being indoctrinated and how people are incited to join the jihad. A man whose suicide attempt has failed explains why he did it: he had nothing to lose.
Frankrijk, IsraŽl, Verenigde Staten, 2002
colour, video, 55 min.
Editing: Einat Sidi
Music: Eugene Levitas Narration: Nancy Peckenham, Ilan Ziv Photography: Uri Ackerman, Suher Ismail, Alberto Marquart, Sam Shin Production: Serge Gordey, Ilan Ziv
Director: Ilan Ziv

Patricia Naylor
IN THE LINE OF FIRE investigates the claims of film and photojournalists working on the West Bank that say they are threatened and shot at by Israeli colonisers and soldiers. To protect each other, they have mutually agreed to start filming as soon as an incident occurs. From the footage that this arrangement produced, IN THE LINE OF FIRE shows a morbid summary of intimidations, injuries and murders. The shocking low is formed by the images of a Palestinian photographer, lying on the ground severely bleeding, who is shot two more times. The desperate screaming by fellow journalists at the soldiers is of no avail. In addition, the documentary contains speeded-up images of dozens of bullet scars on the bodies of journalists. We see the men at home with their children, who are afraid that daddy will not come home in the evening. A voice-over provides the information we cannot see: backgrounds, statistics, and dates. The Israeli army has not or only superficially investigated the many incidents. So far, only one Israeli soldier has received a public reprimand for shooting an American journalist, and only after intense diplomatic pressure by the US. Despite their right to protection under the Geneva Convention, the Israelis regard Palestinian journalists differently. As long as they are considered second-rate citizens and enemies instead of independent journalists, they remain outlaws.
Canada, IsraŽl, 2001
colour, video, 45 min.
Editing: Geoff Matheson
Music: ALOL Ensemble, Yair Dalal
Photography: Tom Gatt, Amer Jabari, Khalil Mari, Garo Nalbandian
Production: Patricia Naylor
Director: Patricia Naylor
Sound: Hopsi Nalbandian

Yue Jiang
An atmospheric and absurd film about Zhengzhou, China's busiest train station, and two of it it's employees - Mr. Fu and Mr. Liu. 'People with children, climb through the windows' is not an unusual instruction from Zhengzhou station staff, especially on the eve of Chinese New Year when 1.2 million people are all trying to get home. 'This Happy Life' is a portrait of Mr Fu, Party Secretary and responsible for the political education of station staff, and Mr. Liu, Head of Passenger Affairs. Both men are filmed working at this hectic station and at home with their families. Film maker Jiang Yue goes deep into the souls of these two men, and reveals their inner lives. Mr. Fu confesses to being in an unhappy marriage and still mourns for his first wife and mother of his child, who died during an abortion. He is very upset when his darling son leaves home to join the army. Mr Fu's colleague, Mr. Liu also has problems but of a different nature. The financial pressures after buying a new luxury home weigh heavily on him; he and his wife who are facing redundancy, and school fees for their child turn are unexpectedly expensive. This film is also an atmospheric and absurd portrait of Zhengzhou station where giving away a found baby to a fruit vendor and the murder of a passenger by a psychopath are just part of the daily routine.
colour, video, 1 hour(s) 34 min.
Editing: Yue Jiang
Photography: Yue Jiang
Production: Jacqueline Elfick, Mark Frith
Director: Yue Jiang
Sound: Chen Min

Wu Gong
Half a century after the birth of modern day China, the People's Liberation Army still attracts many young men. A large proportion of the PLA are volunteers who are recruited through large-scale campaigns. One of these recruits is Shao Zhenning, an academic failure who lies around all day, smoking in his parents home. Shao's impoverished parents are at their wits end. 'The army is my best option', Shao shouts to a friend over a booming techno beat in the local disco. 'A child in the army brings honour to the family', a promotion officer crows to potential new recruits. Director Wu Gong dogs Shao's footsteps during his three-month basic training .We witness Shao's tears of despair on when he has to stand at attention in the bitter cold for an hour. We also see Shao collapsing during long forced marches, and how the young recruits cope with homesickness. A striking element is the total lack of self-consciousness in the presence of the camera. The result is beautiful scenes, that one would never witness in the Dutch army. At Chinese New Year, the recruits can't go home and one of the boys hands toilet paper for a group cry. The collective weeping session is punctuated with a sentimental song about missing one's home and mother, after which crying resumes in a determined fashion.
colour, video, 39 min.
Production: Jacqueline Elfick, Mark Frith
Director: Wu Gong

Mohamed Bakri
'Where is God', an elderly man desperately wonders when surveying the debris in the Palestinian refugee camp Jenin. As part of the offensive against the hard core of Palestinian terror, Israeli troops barged into the camp in March 2002. After a grim battle that lasted for days, a large part of the camp had been razed to the ground and, besides a number of soldiers, many civilians had been killed. This film shows the extent to which the prolonged oppression and terror has affected the state of mind of the Palestinian inhabitants of Jenin. Bitterness and grief are the prevailing feelings among the majority of the population. Many have lost loved ones or are still searching for victims and furniture among the debris. A little girl, who does not seem to be much older than twelve, tells her story but knows no fear. The ongoing violence in her day-to-day life only nourishes her feelings of hatred and the urge to take revenge. She tells what she would do to Prime Minister Sharon if he visited the camp and she shouts that the Palestinians will never give up the struggle. They will keep on producing children, who can continue the fight against injustice. The sad question forces itself on the spectator. What will become of a country, a people when its children are confronted with war and violence from a very early age?
Palestina, 2002
colour, video, 54 min.
Editing: Leandro Pantanella
Music: Said Murad
Photography: Ramez Kazmus
Production: Mohamed Bakri Director: Mohamed Bakri Screenplay: Mohamed Bakri Sound: Nasser Samara

Yulie Gerstel
London, August 1978: a bus with crewmembers of the Israeli airline company El Al is attacked by Palestinian terrorists. Fahad Mihyi is arrested and convicted following the deadly assault, Yulie Cohen Gerstel survives the raid. The fragment that landed in her arm is used as evidence during the trial. Now, twenty-three years later, Gerstel has decided to help release Mihyi, who is still in jail; even if she takes a pill everyday for her hypo-thyroid and hesitates to let her children go out on the street alone. Other Israelis blame her for supporting terrorism, but she feels that the circle of violence has to be broken. Gerstel used to be an officer in the Israeli army, but she quit, when under the Israeli occupation in 1982, Moslems were killed in Lebanon. Now, she and a group of photographers visit the Palestinian territories - the photos are shown in the documentary. Illustrated by phone conversations, letters and conversations with advocates and opponents, Gerstel's motivations become clear. She quotes from the autobiography of her great-grandfather, who already denounced the Zionist attitude towards the Palestinians. Nevertheless, Gerstel still doubts whether she should help a former terrorist, especially when she watches TV and sees the World Trade Center in New York collapse. The documentary offers a crash course in the violence-ridden history of Israel, from the Six-Day War to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, at the same time demonstrating how drastic a terrorist attack, committed on political grounds, is for those involved.
colour, video, 58 min.
Editing: Boaz Lion
Music: Tal Segev
Narration: Yulie Cohen Gerstel
Narrator: Yulie Cohen Gerstel
Photography: Moshe Gerstel, Yulie Cohen Gerstel, Oded Kirma
Production: Yulie Gerstel
Director: Yulie Gerstel
Screenplay: Yulie Cohen Gerstel Sound: Itai Alohav, Ravid Dvir

Lech Kowalski
During World War II, Hitler ordered the construction of a concrete highway from west to east, to facilitate the invasion of Poland and Russia by his army. The story goes that corpses of Polish forced labourers working on the road were buried under the concrete. ON HITLER'S HIGHWAY depicts the life in the direct vicinity of the old highway, which is still in use today. This produces a sad revue of Bulgarian prostitutes, mushroom vendors, poor illegal immigrants, truckers and gypsies. The film also pays a visit to Auschwitz, to a deserted Russian Cold War air base, and to the tunnel complex that the Nazis laid out under the road. Everyone that documentary filmmaker Lech Kowalski meets on his drive has a story to tell. About begging, about soliciting, about the suffering in Hitler's time, about the circumstances under the Russians, about the tough situation today. Everything is filmed with a handheld camera, as a personal travelogue. Regularly, the camera is just pointed to the ground; to the dirt between the grass, to the old foundations of the road, or to the rusted steel of a viaduct. 'After all', the voice-over says, 'what man has built, can be destroyed'. He alludes to the ravages of time, which leave traces, but erase them, too.
colour, video, 1 hour(s) 24 min.
Music: Sal Bernardi
Narration: Lech Kowalski
Narrator: Lech Kowalski
Photography: Lech Kowalski
Production: Blanche Guichou
Director: Lech Kowalski

Anat Zuria
A story about a purification ritual prescribed for women belonging to traditional religious Jewish communities. The director succeeded in entering the intimate circle of people living in a conservative society, ruled by regulations and restrictions. These stern religious laws shape married life and female sexuality. They have not changed throughout history. According to the two-thousand-year old Jewish tradition, a woman is considered unclean during her menstruation period, in which she has to isolate herself and follow certain rites of purification. Director Anat Zuria and her friends Natalie, Katie and Shira very openly criticise the rigidity of these religious rules. They are discussed among mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The main characters in the film are quite rebellious women who dare to express their opinion about this taboo subject in the Jewish religious community. The topic has hardly ever been documented on film. The wonderful camera work gives a special touch to the tough subject. It looks as if the director admires the ritual and its meaning, but at the same time disagrees with having it arranged so strictly and immutably in society. The sequences in the bath, where the sound of water is heard, stress the meditative and sacred quality of the ritual.
colour, video, 1 hour(s) 3 min.
Editing: Era Lapid
Music: Jonathan Bar Giora
Narration: Anat Zuria Narrator: Hagit Dassberg Photography: Nurith Aviv, Nili Azlan Production: Amit Breuer Director: Anat Zuria Screenplay: Anat Zuria Sound: Rami Yazken

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