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Alles auf Zucker! Go For Zucker - An Unorthodox Comedy

TITLE: Alles auf Zucker! Go For Zucker - An Unorthodox Comedy
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Dani Levy
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 93 minutes
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TEXT: Cast: Hannelore Elsner, Henry Hübchen, Udo Samel. Berlin Film Fest February 2005. Go for zucker - an unorthodox comedy. "I'm in deep shit," muses Jaeckie Zucker about the current state of his life, "but at least the view's good." Actually, Jaeckie was born as Jakob Zuckermann in 1947, but since 1961 he wants nothing to do with the Jewish "club". That was when his mother fled to the West with her first-born son Samuel as the Wall was built, leaving Jaeckie to fend for himself. He became a celebrity sports reporter, but has been down on his luck since the fall of the Wall. He barely makes ends meet by playing billiards and gambling. Jaeckie owes the bank a huge sum of money, which the branch manager - his son Thomas - is trying to collect, and his wife wants a divorce. His only hope is to win the 100,000 euro jackpot at the European Pool Tournament, but just before it starts his mother dies. Her will provides that her two sons will only inherit her fortune if they reconcile their differences and stay indoors during shivah, the seven-day period of mourning - just when the tournament is taking place. For Woody Allen, Roberto Benigni or Mel Brooks it's the most natural thing in the world, but till now in Germany almost unthinkable: an audacious, politically incorrect, self-ironical Jewish comedy. With this unorthodox family tale of two brothers separated by the Wall, politics and belief, Dani Levy has succeeded in painting a deeply human, sympathetic picture of Jewry in present-day Germany.

Das Goebbels Experiment / The Goebbels Experiment

TITLE: Das Goebbels Experiment / The Goebbels Experiment
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Lutz Hachmeister
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 107 minutes
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TEXT: Joseph Goebbels (1897-1945) has survived the Nazi regime as a trade mark. Nowadays, the name Goebbels stands for unbridled, cynical and - at least partially - successful propaganda. Comparisons with Goebbels are made at regular intervals as a means of branding certain politicians as evil rabble-rousers and polemicists. However, Joseph Goebbels' life was more enigmatic and unsettling than his current classification as propaganda genius or "inveterate liar of the Third Reich" would suggest. Lutz Hachmeister and Michael Kloft's film shows how Goebbels was constantly stage-managing his life and reinventing himself, from his beginnings as a "National Socialist" to his suicide with his wife and children. Suggesting to audiences that Goebbels' career was not unlike that of a modern politician in the eye of the media; this documentary is unusual in that it abstains from the use of commentary - Goebbels' own diaries (that he kept continually from 1924 to 1945 and in which he wrote excessively) being the only "voice" in the film. In this way, a psychological portrait emerges of a man who lived at fever-pitch, vacillating between weltschmerz, whininess, destructive anger and political ecstasy. His was an experiment in stylisation and manipulation that he not only conducted with the public, but also with himself. In this way, this perpetrator was his own first victim. Goebbels was a cinematic and theatrical character unlike almost any politician or agitator before him. In particular, the film succeeds in conveying the gestures and facial expressions of this manic-depressive man, creating the picture of a modern media manager who devoted his workaholicism to the whole spectrum of communications - only to fail so completely on political and moral terms

The Ninth Day

TITLE: Der neunte Tag The Ninth Day Der neunte Tag (ex: Pfarrerblock)
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Volker Schlöndorff
COUNTRY: Germany, Luxembourg
LANGUAGE: German
TIME: 98 minutes
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TEXT: Cast: Ulrich Matthes, August Diehl, Bibiana Beglau. The Luxembourger Abbé Kremer has nine days to reach a decision about life or death. A decision that shakes the very foundations of his beliefs and which will not only determine his own fate, but that of his family and friends. Henri Kremer has been temporarily released from the Dachau concentration camp, an unheard-of situation with a diabolical twist. Gebhardt, the young, fanatical Gestapo chief of Luxembourg, presents him with an alternative: either he joins forces with the Nazis, supports their undertakings, and remains a free man, or he will be thrown back in prison, and his sister Marie and other priests already interned in the camp will suffer the fatal consequences. Nine days long the Nazi and the priest carry out a fierce battle of ideologies, a clash whereby Gebhardt tries to win over the priest by professing his own Christian faith and Kremer has to reconcile the consequences of his decision with his conscience. In THE NINTH DAY Volker Schlöndorff has taken up a topic in which there is no right or wrong, no clear differentiation between good and evil, but rather where - much as in THE LOST HONOUR OF KATHARINA BLUM or GERMANY IN AUTUMN - a profoundly political decision has to be taken. Schlöndorff's chamber piece represents one of the most telling confrontations with the German past.

Eruv - The Wire

TITLE: Eruv - The Wire
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Kai Wiesinger / Kati Wiesinger
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Berlin Film Fest.. work in progress Feb 2005
TEXT: The Orthodox Jewish community in Teaneck, New Jersey, has installed an "Eruv",an unobstrusive overhead wire that helps evading some of the strict laws on Sabbath to offer a more comfortable life. But this Jewish tradition doesn't appeal to everybody in the small town that slowly runs the risk of getting split. With ERUV - THE WIRE Kai Wiesinger, a successful German film actor, has directed his first documentary.His treatment won the PLANET Documentary Award, which meant the complete financing of the project.After the world premiere screening, Kai and Kati Wiesinger, his sister and producer of the film, will enter the stage for the Making-of discussion.Moderated by Dick Fontaine, they will talk about the shooting conditions and the feelings of an actor moving behind the camera. German actor Kai Wiesinger has won the Berlin International Film Festival's 2005 Planet Documentary film prize for the pitch for his directorial debut, "Eruv -- The Wire," organizers said Wednesday. A jury headed by Oscar-winning director Caroline Link ("Nowhere in Africa") chose Wiesinger's proposal from more than 100 entries submitted at this year's Berlinale Talent Campus in February. The film, which Planet will fully finance and broadcast on its niche cable channel, will focus on the conflict between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews in Teaneck, N.J

Kvish - Road

TITLE: Kvish - Road
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: NADAV LAPID
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 17 minutes
SOURCE: seen at Berlin film Fest 2005
TEXT: Cast: Mussa Zhalka, Nathan Nathanson, Munder Khouri. A couple make love in a car somewhere in the Israeli desert on a narrow and winding road, not far from a monument. Just a year ago on the same road, four Palestinian workers took their employer prisoner, charging him with the injustice of Zionism and the crime of occupation. The longer the hearing continues, the faster it approaches a tragic end

Massaker Massacre Massaker

TITLE: Massacre
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Monika Borgmann, Lokman Slim, Hermann Theissen
COUNTRY: Germany, Lebanon, Switzerland
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 96 minutes
SOURCE: Seen at Berlin Film Fest 2005
TEXT: The murderers of Sabra and Shatila went about their bloody business for three days and two nights, from 16 to 18 September 1982. When they had finished, they had slain between 1,000 and 3,000 Palestinian civilians - most of them women, children and the elderly. The exact number of victims, dead or missing, is still not known today. Many of the perpetrators were members of the "Forces Libanaises" - a Christian militia allied to Israel. The massacre was devised and planned by the Israeli army which, at the time, was under the command of Israel's current president, Ariel Sharon. Back in 1982, the world's press was deeply shocked by this attack on Palestinian camps in the Lebanon but, today, the massacre has faded from memory. And yet the killings that took place in 1982 seemed to set an example for all the massacres that were to follow: in Rwanda, for example, or during the Balkan wars. And each time, the same unanswered questions seem to persist: what is it that drives people to execute such acts of excessive cruelty? And how can the perpetrators live on in the knowledge of their hideous deeds? Both in terms of content as well as in its aesthetic approach, this film is a psychological and political portrait of six men who took part in the massacres at Sabra and Shatila. These men did what they did not only because they were following orders but also because they were acting of their own volition. Drawing a parallel between the protagonists' psychological disposition and their political environment, the film uses the perpetrators' narratives to address the phenomenon of collective violence per se. Although the film does not seek to reconstruct the massacre of Sabra and Shatila, the interwoven narratives of the film's six protagonists nevertheless provide a hitherto unpublished version of the events: that of the perpetrators.

Protocols of Zion

TITLE: Protocols of Zion
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Marc Levin
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 93 minutes
SOURCE: Premiered at Sundance 2005
TEXT: After 9/11, it wasn't long before conspiracy theories began to circulate that sought to hold Israel's Mossad spy agency or "Jews" in general responsible for the fact that Saudi Arabian aircraft were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. These are the methods by which Judaism is trying to rule the world, one theory argued. Like so many before them, including Hitler, advocates of this particular theory were referring to a book entitled the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" even though it had already been shown to be a hoax in 1921. At the time it was exposed, the reasons as to why the work was fabricated in the first place were also explained in detail. This fictional work was written at the end of the 19th century at the command of the Russian Czar's secret police; the aim was to make Jews responsible for the situation in pre-revolutionary Russia. However, members of the extreme right and anti-Semitic groups still use the work as evidential proof. In PROTOCOLS OF ZION, documentary filmmaker Marc Levin sets off on a journey across the USA in an effort to understand people who believe in such conspiracy theories and who are familiar with this book. The filmmaker interviews Americans of Arab descent, black nationalists, Christian fundamentalists, skinheads, cabbalist Rabbis, those who deny the Holocaust, but also Holocaust survivors and members of the peace movement.

Ratziti lihiyot gibor On the Objection Front

TITLE: Ratziti lihiyot gibor On the Objection Front
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Shiri Tsur
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 63 minutes
SOURCE: ObjectionFront.com www.velvet.co.IL
http://www.berlinale.de/external/de/filmarchiv/doku_pdf/20050834.pdf

TEXT: interviews with israeli soldiers who refuse to serve, including a pilot. Not a week goes by in which I don't dream or think about what happened. Why did I want to be a brave soldier when I was a boy? I feel guilty for years of not rebelling, at least during my reserve service. I should have done it a long time ago. Maybe if I had done this earlier, the soldier who died next to me and the child I witnessed beaten to death would be alive today." In January 2002, "The Combatants' Letter" was made public, initiating acts of refusal among Israeli reservist soldiers who felt they could no longer serve conscientiously in the occupied territories. Six reserve soldiers (four officers, a combat pilot and a member of the General Staff Reconnaissance Special Unit ) who dedicatedly served in the reserve for many years, tell of the huge crisis of their refusal, the agonizing dilemma, the memories that haunt them, the anger of their families, rejection, and prison. The film "On the Objection Front " follows the public uproar aroused by refusal, in a country where the highest regard for security and the duty of military service is among the foundations of Israeli consensus.

DON QUIXOTE IN JERUSALEM

TITLE: DON QUIXOTE IN JERUSALEM
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Dani Rosenberg
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 5 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.cinephil.co.il
TEXT: Don Kishot be'Yerushalaim Don Quixote In Jerusalem. Cast: Samuel Wolf, Gabi Amrani-Gur. Don Quixhote and Sancho Pansa arrive in Israel in 2004. Just outside Jerusalem they come to a hill from whence they have a view of the wall that divides Israelis from Palestinians. The pair survey their destination... The knight and his trusty servant are both well into their seventies. Don Quixote can hardly climb up onto his horse and Sancho Pansa struggles to cope with all the weaponry. In spite of this, Don Quixote is ready to attack. Sam Spiegel School of Television and Film.

Va, vis et deviens Live And Become

TITLE: Va, vis et deviens Live And Become
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Radu Mihaileanu
COUNTRY: France, Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 153 minutes
SOURCE: Films Distribution. 20 rue Saint-Augustin, Paris 75002 - FRANCE Web site : http://www.filmsdistribution.com EMail : info@filmsdistribution.com
TEXT: Cast: Yael Abecassis, Roschdy Zem. Ethiopia in the mid-1980s. During the famine that broke out at the end of 1984/85, Israel and the United States of America helped transport to Israel several thousand Ethiopian Jews known as "Falashas" or, in Hebrew, "Bet Israel". This enterprise was known as "Operation Moses". The protagonist at the centre of Radu Mihaileanu's feature film is a "goy" who, in the midst of all the turmoil, has been persuaded by his mother to pretend to be a Jew so as to avoid dying of hunger. But if truth be known, not one of the boy's descendants was a member of the Jewish people. In spite of this, the boy manages to get to the Holy Land, where he pretends to be an orphan and is adopted by a family of Sephardic Jews who have emigrated to Israel from France. He grows up in Tel Aviv, living in constant fear of being exposed as a liar on two counts: for he is neither Jew nor orphan, but just an African boy. The boy grows up and learns about Judaism and western values; he also learns about racism and the war in the country's occupied zones. Although he becomes a Jewish-Israeli-French citizen, he will never forget his mother or his true identity. He is an Ethiopian who has survived. As the film's director Radu Mihaileanu comments: "People are too often judged by old and dated stereotypes: Arabs, Jews, Algerians, Rumanians, French and Germans... Such identities are restrictive and approximate. They are wrong. They fail to show how cultures interact, how individual paths and destinies cross each other. This child growing up is, in my view, a child of our century. He compromises with the jolts of history. During the Second World War, the same lie that saved his life in the year 1984 would no doubt have brought about his death."

Zero Degrees of Separation

TITLE: Zero Degrees of Separation
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Elle Flanders
COUNTRY: CANADA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 85 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.zerodegreesofseparation.com/
TEXT: Berlinale 2005. When your lover is most often considered your enemy your relationship has more at stake than the average affair. Selim and Ezra are gay lovers caught in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Selim is Palestinian and Ezra is Israeli. Samira and Edit met at a demonstration. They too are lovers. Samira is Palestinian, Edit is Israeli. The documentary feature Zero Degrees of Separation takes viewers on a unique journey through the complex lives of Israeli and Palestinian gays and lesbians in inter-ethnic relationships. Though living on the margins of society, these couples defy the odds, existing in the midst of conflict with a gentle humanity and mutual respect. Interwoven into these stories is director Elle Flanders' own rich narrative of growing up with Zionist grandparents intimately involved in the founding of the state of Israel. Drawing the past into the present through the use of home movies, the director retraces her grandparents' travels as they tour a fledgling nation brimming with pioneering, joyous youth, immigrants, refugees and endless open vistas of the Holy Land. To book Elle Flanders and Zero Degrees for a screening and discussion, please contact zero@zerodegreesofseparation.com

Sipur Kaits - Summer Story

TITLE: Summer Story
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Shmuel Peleg Haimovitch
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 74 minutes
SOURCE: Berlin 2005 and Kinderfest 2005. YoaVRoeh@zahav.net.IL
http://www.kinderfilmfest.net/2005/Material/PDF/spfBrief.pdf
TEXT: Sipur Kaits Summer Story Die Brieffreundin. Cast: Kosta Kaplan, Aya Koren, Tiki Dayan. suitable for age: 11 & above. Summer 1982. Israel is at war with the Lebanon. Thirteen-year-old Gal is working as a postman in a Moshav cooperative because almost all the male inhabitants have been conscripted to fight at the front. During one of his daily rounds in the small town where he lives he meets nineteen-year-old Haya, a girl with a weak heart who is corresponding intensively and, for her part, enthusiastically with several soldiers in the Lebanon. Only one of her pen pals - the one who happens to write the nicest letters - has not yet sent her a photo of himself. When the portrait finally appears, Gal slips it out of the envelope and tears it up. For while Haya has been waiting with bated breath for the photograph to arrive Gal has fallen in love with the doomed young woman. Sharing her heartache and full of remorse, he fearlessly takes on the task of personally obtaining another picture of the soldier. And, incredibly, after a whole series of surprising events and heroic adventures, the boy actually manages to get to Lebanon... In his debut as a feature film director, young Israeli director Shmuel Peleg Haimovitch tells a tale of growing up and first love, but also of death. Even though the love story seems futile and ends tragically, there is nevertheless a note of optimism in the finale.

Sunset Story

TITLE: Sunset Story
YEAR: 2003
DIR/PROD: Laura Gabbert
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 73 minutes, 35 mm
SOURCE: Gabbert/Libresco Productions 2105 Micheltorena St Los Angeles, CA 90039 United States Tel/ 1 323-661-6345
TEXT: Formed in 1923, Sunset Hall in Los Angeles is a retirement home with a difference; all the residents are former political activists of one form of another and the residents are mostly quite active in local protests and still try to be active. We enter the home to meet Lucille Alpert and Irja Lloyd. A former social worker (til age 76) and former teacher (til 76). Irja and Lucille, two elderly women who came to the home within two weeks of one another and hit it off pretty well. We look at their relationship over the years and the other residents in this most unusual retirement home. Irja and Lucille are both very warm people who are very easy to care for and you do get into their stories. The direction is unobtrusive but nothing fancy, mainly because it seemed happy to let the subjects speak for themselves. Irja wants to make Rosh Hashana posters (though she isn't Jewish), while Lucille is against using any Yiddish or Hebrew terms (she is Jewish). Lucille, who is Jewish, would like to die. Irja wants to do tashlikh, while Lucille is against it. Utterly unsentimental, deeply moving.

The Last Mogul

TITLE: The Last Mogul
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Barry Avrich / Tori Hockin, Nat Brescia,Brian Linehan
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 110 minutes
SOURCE: think Film Inc
TEXT: South By Southwest Fest and TV. The life and times of Hollywood super- talent agent -turned -mogul Lew Wasserman is a textbook study of how Hollywood power brokers operate behind complex wheeler-dealer scenes even that even avid filmgoers fail to appreciate. Many key insiders come on camera to help draw the full measure of the stratospheric rise and the humbling fall of a person who represented the very stuff out of which Hollywood emerged to dictate film tastes of a good share of the world. Growing up on the tough streets of Cleveland's colorful Jewish section, Wasserman deployed skill as a music booker just after WWII when as agent for Music Corporation of America his contracts soon controlled 90% of performing bands in the country. His closeness to talent-including such clients as Ronald Reagan and Hattie McDaniel ---brought him to Hollywood and access to the right levers to press. His getting Reagan elected as Screen Actors Guild president at the dawn of tv revived a waning screen career that ended you know where. The frank and engrossing doc offers lessons on how to gain power and control in the top executive suites of the industry and how it was finally lost to Japanese media in the Nineties. Veteran Canadian filmmaker Barry Avrich was born in Montreal, Canada in 1963. Aside from a vibrant career making films, Avrich is the President/COO of a leading advertising agency and author of two books including Selling The Sizzle: The Magic + Logic of Entertainment Marketing. A biography of the fascinating life of legendary Hollywood player Lew Wasserman as he built an empire still thriving today. For over a half a century, only one man in Hollywood had the absolute power to run the town, own the unions, and even control Washington. There will never be another like him. Lew Wasserman was 'The Last Mogul.' Cameos by Credited cast: Peter Bart .... Norman Brokaw .... David Brown .... Helen Gurley Brown .... David Carr .... Jimmy Carter .... Charles Champlin .... George Christy .... Kaye Coleman .... Janet De Cordova .... Al Dorskind .... Garth H. Drabinsky .... Dominick Dunne .... Robert Evans .... Leonard Goldberg .... Wendy Goldberg .... John Grabowski .... Jay Kanter .... Larry King .... Alan Ladd Jr. .... William Link .... Himself Michael Ovitz .... Suzanne Pleshette .... Sydney Pollack .... Frank Price .... Al Setnick .... Neil Shee .... Violet Spevak .... John Sweeny .... Jack Valenti .... Richard D. Zanuck ....

SARAH SILVERMAN: JESUS IS MAGIC

TITLE: SARAH SILVERMAN: JESUS IS MAGIC
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Liam Lynch
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 72 minutes
SOURCE: Interscope / SxSW Film Festival 2005
TEXT: The controversial and acclaimed comedian riffs on everything from religion, sex, 9/11, Jewish princesses, the Holocaust and more. I can't believe I just laughed at that!": a common thought indeed when enjoying the caustic material of stand-up comedian Sarah Silverman. Easily one of the show-stoppers of the potty-mouthed smash The Aristocrats, here Silverman sexily slinks onto the stage for her solo show Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic. From behind the façade of her ditzy Jewish-American Princess persona, she fires sharp jabs. No subject is taboo as she rips through routines about race, sex, culture, family, social status, the Holocaust, the September 11 terrorist attacks, drugs and death. The skewering of taboos results in side-splitting hilarity. Silverman's comic career has often ruffled the feathers of the politically correct. At the age of twenty-two, she shocked censors as a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and later built a fan base with appearances on the cult TV comedy "Mr. Show" with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. An off-colour quip on a chat show even made her the target of media watchdogs. Rather than capitalize on easy vulgarities or fan the flames of intolerance, Silverman uses her comedy of confrontation to address sensitive matters by dragging them into the spotlight. The brief awkward silences that follow her most stinging lines only serve to bolster their impact and the subsequent laughter balances the inherent discomfort in examining such delicate themes. Director Liam Lynch, who is making the upcoming Tenacious D film, and whose farcical pop ditty "United States of Whatever" appeared on the hipster radar in 2003, clearly connects with Silverman and her inflammatory stylings. He doesn't break with the live-show feel, but fleshes it out with skits and song interludes that elaborate on Silverman's routines. Sarah Silverman wins the right to revive, and then run with, the irony that pedantic pundits declared dead in our post-9/11 cultural landscape. Prepare to squirm with guilt, only to laugh with a hearty sense of communal relief.

The Self-Made Man

TITLE: The Self-Made Man
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Susan Stern
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: 77-year-old Bob Stern finds out he's seriously ill - possibly terminal, and decides to take his own life. His family tries to stop him. But first, they set up a video camera.


BOYS OF BARAKA

TITLE: BOYS OF BARAKA
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Twenty 12-year-old boys from the roughest ghettos of inner-city Baltimore leave home for Kenya, East Africa to attend the 7th and 8th grade at the Baraka School, an experimental boarding academy

Stagedoor

TITLE: Stagedoor
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Alexandra Shiva
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: 250 kids, ages 8 to 18, put on 12 shows in three weeks at Stagedoor Manor, a theater camp in the Catskills where they come to bask in the glow of their personal spotlight - or escape from it.

RAGING DOVE

TITLE: RAGING DOVE
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Duki Dror
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 70 minutes
SOURCE: Zygote Films - Tel: 972-4-6288986, 972-4-6388833, Web: http://www.Zygotefilm.com
TEXT: This is the story of boxer Johar Abu Lashin, a winner in the ring, but defeated outside the ring by Middle-East politics. Now, he dreams of winning a world title - first in Nazareth - his hometown then in Gaza, Palestine. Will he become a hero in the eyes of both Israelis and Palestinians? A documentary about JOHAR ABU LASHIN, a Nazareth born Palestinian who fought in the boxing ring as an Israeli and now resides in the USA. In The USA.. he is ignored as a foreigner; among Arabs, he is a traitor; and in Israel, the Israeli fans and press ignored him. The film follows what was supposed to be his triumphant return to Nazareth and his bout for the new Palestinian Authority in Gaza and the creation of a boxing team. It doesn't turn out the way they expected. Festivals and Prizes: South by Southwest - Texas 2002, DocAviv 2002 (First Prize), Double Take 2002, Ontario 2002, San Francisco 200 (Golden Gate Award) Produced with the support of: Makor Foundation, Cinema Project, Noga Communications - Channel 8

The Arena

TITLE: The Arena
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Moish Goldberg, Jonathan Gurfinkel / Ruth Lev Ari, Ronnie Manor
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: video 48 minutes
SOURCE: Maagalot - Tel 972-3-5620557 Fax 972-3-5612316
TEXT: A group of citizens whose lives have been effected by Rabin Square (previously called the Kings of Israel Square) set out to change the Municipal plan to demolish and reconstruct the square. What makes this giant, somewhat broken and neglected spot in the center of Tel-Aviv such an important place in the lives of these people' and the rest of us? History is viewed through a place, a venue which comes alive with new emotions, personal stories, national dramas, every day life. This is the place, such as in every town's history, which sees, absorbs, experiences but cannot tell. We will tell. We will tell our own story through this place which has become the Arena, the town square which still draws people by the thousands to celebrate, protest, and mourn. Festivals and Prizes: Haifa 2001, Israfest 2002. A Production of The Joint Social Foundation under the Establishment of the New Foundation for Cinema & Television and the Second Authority for Television and Radio. Produced with the Support of: Makor Foundation, Telad.

Blood Engagement

TITLE: Blood Engagement
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Ada Ushpiz / Shula Shpigel & Ada ushpiz
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW WITH English ST
TIME: Video,165 min
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Tel: 972-2-6222086; Fax: 972-2-6256047 http://www.ruthfilms.com
TEXT: A violent criminal offense leads us through a fascinating time travel from deep Africa to modern Israel, as we follow the hopes, frustrations and daily struggles of two Ethiopian women, the film explores their fate, the total estrangement, the clash with a society that is not sympathetic to their tradition, yet offers nothing to substitute it. The dry facts are simple: Amselo Tasma, strangles his wife Abuna Vessa mother of five, to death, while Ania Matiko is luckier - her husband Tamsagan Matiko, fails in his murderous stabbing attempt. The two offenders are imprisoned, and we start building the events that lead to the double strategy. Festivals: Munich International Documentary Film Festival, Barcelona Human Rights Film Festival, Spain, Astra Documentary Film Festival, Romania. Produced with the support of: Noga Comumunications, Medea.

Channels of Rage

TITLE: Channels of Rage
YEAR: 2003
DIR/PROD: Anat Halachmi / Anat Halachmi
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW WITH English ST
TIME: 72 minutes BETA
SOURCE: Anat Halachmi, Tel. 972-3- 5165379
TEXT: A patriotic Zionist rapper and a nationalist Arab rapper use the power of words and music to state as loud as they can what politicians in Israel can't seem to put into words. Will the increasing national gap prevent the two from being able to communicate with each other through theirinternational language of music? Channels of Rage was shot over 3 years, following both Subliminal and Tamer, alone, and together. This is a journey documenting the parallel-meeting-evading, back and forth story of two poets of wrath in a violent and hopeless time. Festivals and Prizes: Jerusalem 2003, (Wolgin Prize), Idfa Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, Syracuse International Film & Video Festival, 'Reel' Australia. Produced with the support of: Noga Communications and THE NEW ISRAELI FOUNDATION FOR CINEMA & T.V 100 Hahashmonaim St. Tel Aviv 61200 Phone: + 972-3-5220909, Fax: + 972-3-5230909



Checkpoint

TITLE: Checkpoint
YEAR: 2003
DIR/PROD: Yoav Shamir / Amit Breuer, Edna and Elinor Kowarsky
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW and Arabic WITH English ST
TIME: 78 minutes, video
SOURCE: First Hand Films - Esther van Messel, Tel: 41 1 312 20 60
TEXT: The West Bank and Gaza Strip have been under Israeli military authority since 1967. Over three million Palestinians live under Israeli occupation. When traveling from one village or city to another to go to work, to visit relatives, or to get medical attention, they must pass through Israeli checkpoints. These checkpoints, essentially the first points of contact between the two peoples, have an enormous significance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From 2001 to 2003, director Yoav Shamir filmed at these checkpoints. A chilling look at the destructive impact of the occupation on both societies. Festival and Prizes: IDFA 2003 - First Prize - Joris Ivens Competition. Amythos Films and Eden Production Ltd.

Family Matters

TITLE: Family Matters
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: David Noy / Yoram Ivry , David Noy
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: German and HEBREW WITH English ST
TIME: 65 minutes video
SOURCE: Cinemax - Tel: 972-3-5718224, email: cinemax@zahav.net.il
TEXT: Two men, one woman and a baby constitute the formula for the alternative family documented in "Family Matters". Dafna, a single straight musician, was fed up with waiting for her prince charming... Her solution: teaming up with Itamar, a homosexual lawyer and actor, in order to have a baby. The third side of the dramatic triangle is Kai, a German flight purser and Itamar's partner for the past ten years. After a few attempts, Dafna becomes pregnant. The relationship between the three rollercoasters throughout the pregnancy. Towards the end, Itamar and Kai get married in Germany, and shortly afterwards Dafna gives birth to a baby boy in Israel. The tensions that had been festering beneath the surface eventually erupt and cause confrontation and separation. The film follows this fascinating, moving story, as the characters deal with issues of relationships, identity family and parenthood. Festivals and Prizes DocAviv 2004. Produced with the Support of: Noga Communications - Channel 8

Good morning Jerusalem

TITLE: Good morning Jerusalem
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Suha Araaf / Suha Araaf, Raed Andoni
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: ARABIC with HEBREW and English ST
TIME: 52 minutes video
SOURCE: Suha Araaf suhaarraf@hotmail.com
TEXT: Cinematographer: Ihad Abu Elasal, Editor: Nada Eliassir In the Sheik Jarah Neighborhood in East Jerusalem, a beautiful building was allocated for a theatre and cultural center. But rather then fulfill its original purpose, the building has become home to Palestinian families who've found themselves with no roof over their heads. Some, natives of Jerusalem, have lost their residents status, some Jordanians who married Women from Jerusalem are fighting for status under the law, some have lost their homes to municipality bulldozers, all are poor and struggling. They are a reflection of the cruel reality faced by Palestinians in Jerusalem. Produced with the Support of: The Soros Foundation.

In Satmar Custody

TITLE: In Satmar Custody
YEAR: 2003
DIR/PROD: Nitzan Gilady
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew - Yemenite - Yiddish (English sub).
TIME: 70 minutes video
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films - Tel: 972-2-5610094; Fax: 972-2-5660718, Email: ruthdis@netvision.net.il, Web: http://www.ruthfilms.com
TEXT: It is a closed and almost unknown community. These ultra-orthodox Jews who call themselves 'Satmar' and live in America are barely noticed in their own country, but abroad they constitute an active anti-Zionist movement. In Yemen, poor Jewish families are persuaded not to emigrate to Israel, but to America, where the prospect of a warm welcome is held out to them. In practice, this turns out differently, as is demonstrated by the harrowing story of Yahia and Lauza Jaradi. Festivals and Prizes: Prix Planet, Audience Award, Marseille 2003, Jerusalem 2003 , idfa 2003, Amnesty International Film Festival, The Netherlands 2004, Munich International Documentary Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Georgia, USA, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada Cape Town World Cinema, South Africa, 2004 Cork Film Festival, Ireland, 2004. Production company: Yona Productions - Nitzan Gilady - Tel: 972-52-319829 email: nitzangilady@hotmail.com

Living in Boxes

TITLE: Living in Boxes
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Simha Lev / Yahaly Gat
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW WITH English ST
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Muse productions LTD. Tel: 972-9-7445666 e-mail: fg_prod@netvision.net.il
TEXT: These are the last days of the shantytown quarter in southern Tel Aviv, a poor rundown neighborhood that the municipality has always tried to erase from the map. The land was sold to a contractor and he plans to evict the residents and settle them in a couple of seven-story towers to be constructed on the same site. The film accompanies the director's sister, Orly, who lives in a small house she inherited from their grandfather and also Yitzhak, their uncle (known to the locals as "Popeye"), who built the neighborhood's makeshift houses with his own hands; Oshri, the postman, making his endless rounds in the ever changing streets and attorney Ovadia who calls upon the neighborhood's inhabitants to unite and to fight the eviction. For three years, Ovadia and the residents have been struggling against the municipality and the contractor in a public, legal and ultimately existential battle and they display the strength that comes from working together towards a common goal. During the struggle, we see the sisters' deep attachment to the neighborhood, through old diaries that their late father wrote, and through Popeye's courtyard, in which time stands still. "Living in Boxes" follows the people that make up the human fabric of one of the last true neighborhoods in Israel, a small village whose story sets a mirror that reflects the State of Israel's attitude to those who are living in the wrong place. Festivals & Prizes: Jerusalem 2004

Love Inventory

TITLE: Love Inventory
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: David Fisher / Yahaly Gat and David Fisher
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW translated into English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: First Hand Films, Tel: 41-1-8622106
TEXT: Documentary. David Fisher, the director of this film, lost his parents one after the other, leaving him and his four siblings with a 50 year old mystery. For two years he's been searching for his sister, who was taken as a day-old infant from his mother's bed in the maternity hospital. His parents, both Holocaust survivors, arrived in Israel broken-hearted and penniless, leaving five children to pay the price of healing their shattered lives. Now Fisher brings his family together on a mission that takes them to places that their parents hoped they would never reach.... "It's a painful process through which this film brings my family back to its roots and me back to the really important things in life ... There were several way-stations on my journey: pain, humour, tears, enormous comfort, love. My own love inventory keeps growing larger and larger. Now my wife and our children are involved too. To find you, I had to go looking" (David Fisher).
Festivals and Prizes: The Jerusalem Film Festival, 2000 (The Wolgin Prize) The Israeli Film Academy Award 2000; Berlin 2001, Munich 2001; Huston 2000( Third Prize for Best Documentary), Hong-kong 2001; Bangkok 2001; Manila 2001; Seatle 2001; Boston 2001; Pensselvania 2001; Jewish Cinema - San-Fransisco, Denver, Cape Town 2001, Taiwan 2002 (Second Prize for Documentary in Film) Produced with the Support of: Noga Communications JCS Content

Menucha's Picture

TITLE: Menucha's Picture
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Eliezer Shapiro / Ziv Naveh
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW WITH English ST
TIME: 50 minutes video
SOURCE: Spad Ltd. Tel: 972-3-522944 spad@spad.net
TEXT: Menucha, a women in her seventies, who started making films in a community television workshop, sets off on a quest to direct a movie that will relive a defining moment in her life: the separation from her sister Mindel at the train station in Warsaw in 1935. The film documents the often traumatic process of recreating the scenes of the past and examines Menucha's obsession to memorialize her sister and separate reality from memory and fantasy in order to cope with the truth. Produced with the Support of: Channel 8 - NOGA Communications, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund

My Terrorist

TITLE: My Terrorist
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Yulie Cohen Gerstel
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW WITH English ST
TIME: 60 minutes video
SOURCE: First Hand Film Tel: 41-1-3122060, Fax: 41-1-3122080
TEXT: A girl in the Seventies who always wanted to be a brave, who dreamt of being an officer in the military, who was a great patriot and who was shot and wounded, in 1978, in a terrorist attack on an El Al flight crew in London - has now grown to be a a mother of daughters of her own. Afraid of them getting hurt by Palestinian suicide attacks, the mother does not allow them to leave their home. Patriotism, to her, now means trying to reconcile with the terrorist who shot her 22 years earlier, and who is still in a U.K. prison. In a climate of violence and hatred, where the entire world faces raging and unforgiving terrorism, she observes the Middle East only to see that the language of hatred is the only one spoken there by all people. The pain and fear shatter her world. Will she be able to write in support of her terrorist to the parole committee? Festivals and Prizes: Jerusalem 2002 (Special Jury Prize) Idfa Silver Wolf Competition - Amsterdam 2002 Produced with the Support of: The Soros Foundation, Noga Communications, BBC, TVOntario, TV2 Denmark, YLE Finland, SUT Stockholm, SBSTV Australia.

Paradise Lost

TITLE: Paradise Lost
YEAR: 2003
DIR/PROD: Ebtisam Mara'ana / Duki Dror
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: ARABIC with HEBREW-English ST
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE: Zygote Films Ltd. Tel. 04-6288986
TEXT: Paradise (Faradis - in Arabic), a picturesque fishermen's village overlooking the Mediterranean, is a Palestinian enclave inside the state of Israel, with a history that echoes stories of a massacre and deportation. When the director investigates the secret past of her village, she learns more than she expects, and as she uncovers the story of the village's mythic "bad girl", her troubles begin. A film-diary, that recreates a lost history, and re-defines modern womanhood, within traditional Arab village life. Festivals: DocAviv 2003 Produced with the Support of: Media Program, TV Ontario,Cinema Project - The Rabinowitz Foundation, Makor Foundation for Cinema and Television, Noga Communications - Channel 8

The Skies are Closer in Homesh

TITLE: The Skies are Closer in Homesh
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Menora Hazani / Hillel Weber
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: HEBREW WITH English ST
TIME: 53 minutes
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin Films Tel: 972-2-5610094 ;972-2-5669691 Fax:972-2-5660718 ruthdis@netvision.net.il http://www.ruthfilms.com
TEXT: "On our wedding day everyone urged us not to go to Homesh. But when the wedding was over and all the guests left something pulled us there... " When I started filming I had no idea that this will be the most significant year of my life. We moved to Homesh, a distant community in Samaria that was hurt and injured by the Palestinian "Intifada". I started filming everything. At first nothing happened but soon after everything changed and reality took over our lives. This movie is about a young couple in a lonely, distant community in a time which life at the settlements is a survival test. Produced with the support of: Reshet TV

Think Popcorn

TITLE: Think Popcorn
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Dan Geva / Habayit Hakatom
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew - English - Arabic - Russian (English sub.)
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE: Habayit Hakatom TELFAX: 972-3-6204386 e-mail:ariale@013.net.il
TEXT: An experiment in cinema to bring the truth to the screen, with the assistance of 3 cameras and a stage, challenging the boundaries of documentary cinema. A tribute to the classic: "Man with a movie camera", by Dziga Vertov (USSR 1929). A tender, yet self-ironic love poem, to Documentary cinema, which still believes in its power, to bring about a change to the world. In a unique poetic style, the experiment is executed through the image of a naïve documentarist, heavily armed with 2 cameras and a purple draped stage, sets out on his life's journey. He roams about the romantic landscapes of his beloved country, on his faithful motorcycle, in order to bring to the screen the ultimate truth of his people. With his lethal documentary weapons he arrives at his cinematic battlefields: The seashore, city square, market, avenue, saint's tomb, Yeshiva, park, & village outskirts. Wherever he goes he sets his stage, 2 cameras, and starts shooting, while asking people to step up on his stage to say their truth. A 3rd camera plays the role of the visual narrator. The racist and violent reality reflected from his people's words on and off his stage, increasingly darkens his heart and vanquished dream, until he is forced to confront his deepest fears through encounters with surreal characters drawn from his tormented soul: A nightmarish policeman, a satanically handsome film maker, an unachievable breath taking woman, and a self invented father tiresias figure, who scorns him for his absurd pursue of the truth. As the big storm approaches, it seems his romantic quest fades into the mist of a painful delusion. And so, our grotesque Don Quixote like protagonist is lead to his tragic yet predictable end. There, at a moment of truth, his nightmarish satanically handsome film maker faces him with his life's dilemma: Pursue his quest of the Documentary truth or sell himself to the audience by giving them what they want: sex & violence. Festivals & Prizes: Jerusalem 2004 (Special Mention - for editing)

NEGOTIATIONS

TITLE: Negotiations
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Rachel SHuman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 50 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: World Premiere at Tribeca film fest April 2005. A recently-married couple from divergent backgrounds is expecting their first child. Andy, born in Japan, is the son of Lutheran missionaries from the Midwest and Maital, born in Israel, is the daughter of Jewish Iraqi immigrants. Their committed relationship, fused in a global culture, requires constant negotiation between different values and belief systems. Negotiations director Rachel Shuman lives in New York City and works as a freelance editor and producer. Previously, she co-produced String Theory, a feature-length fictional film, which premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival in 2004. She was an artist in residence at the Arad Arts Project in Israel and received a B.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

JIHAD

TITLE: JIHAD
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Michael Shapiro
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 6 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: TRIBECA FILM FEST. After directing regional and Off-Broadway theater in 1998, Michael Shapiro came to the attention of Jerry Bruckheimer and directed an episode of Soldier of Fortune. Subsequently he directed, again for Bruckheimer and Disney, MAX-Q, a 'Movie of the Week' about a space shuttle mission gone badly awry, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in the special effects category. His most recent episodic work has been CSI for CBS, The Dead Zone for USA, and Tremors for Sci-Fi. He will be directing Street this spring, an NBA basketball comedy that is green-lit at MGM

THE GOEBBELS EXPERIMENT

TITLE: THE GOEBBELS EXPERIMENT
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Lutz Hachmeister
COUNTRY: Germany / UK
LANGUAGE: German w/ English ST
TIME: 107 minutes
SOURCE: Spiegel TV and BBC
TEXT: Berlin Fest. Doc on Goebbels, jewish issues make up a tiny tony portion of the film. Kenneth Branaugh narrates the English version. Based on the diary writing of Goebbels

DRAFT

TITLE: DRAFT / Leil Giyus
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Naomi Levari / Talya Salama
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 18 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: TRIBECA FILM FEST. Born in Oregon in 1978, Naomi Levari has lived in Israel since 1983. She began her studies at the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School-Jerusalem, and graduated in 2004. Draft is her diploma film. Levari works in the local film industry as a clap loader. She is currently writing a feature-length narrative script.

LITTLE PEACE OF MINE / shalom katan sheli

TITLE: LITTLE PEACE OF MINE / shalom katan sheli
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Eyal Avneri / Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
TIME: 56 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Nadav, a 12-year old takes it upon himself to do something about the endless cycle of terrorist bombings and reprisals. He founds a peace movement consisting entirely of children, both Israeli and Palestinian. The filmmaker followed Nadav and the other children for nearly two years. (Run time 56 min.) Eyal Avneri was born in Israel in 1974. During his army service he worked as a military photographer for the Air Force. From 1997 until 1999 he studied art and design in I.S.I.A. in Rome. He is a graduate of Betzalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, where he studied from 1999 until 2003. Co Producers: Lemming Film - The Netherlands Co-Producers: YLE - Finland

LOOKING FOR THE LOST VOICE / Bikvot Hakol Havud

TITLE: LOOKING FOR THE LOST VOICE / Bikvot Hakol Havud
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Tzipi Trope
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: In Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 70 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Tzipi Trope owns Maya Films Ltd., and she writes, directs, and produces documentaries and feature films. Her many documentaries include A Day with Madeline, Nava's Hair Salon, and Close and Far Away. She has also written and directed many features, including Tell Me That You Love Me (HBO), the widely shown and awarded Tel Aviv Berlin, Chronicle of Love (which she also produced), and Six Million Pieces, a 10-time nominee at the Israeli Academy Awards. In 2002 she finished a play, New Order. Tzipi has received grants from the Israeli Film Center, The Fund for Israeli Quality Films, and The Second Channel Authority. She is married and a mother of three children. TRIBECA FILM FEST, APRIL 2005

USHPIZIN

TITLE: USHPIZIN
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Gidi Dar
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Yiddish with English subtitles
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: www.ushpizin.com
TEXT: Stars Shuli Rand and Michael Bet Sheva Rand. An Israeli drama with humor set in the customarily closed world of ultra-Orthodox Jews and Breslov Hasidim. Moshe and Malli (Malka), a married couple, are suffering through a severe financial crisis and so naturally they pray for help. A Sukkot miracle arrives. Or is it a holy test? Two escaped convicts appear on their doorstep. The film is reportedly the first made by members of the Israeli ultra-Orthodox community that is aimed at a general audience. The two stars are a married couple. Probably one o fthe best Israeli films of 2005
Ushpizin means holy visitors/guests in Aramaic
The NYT wrote: The Israeli film "Ushpizin" is groundbreaking on more than one count. It is a rare collaboration between secular and ultra-Orthodox Israelis and one of the first movies filmed in the insular Jerusalem neighborhood Mea Shearim with ultra-Orthodox actors. Its warmhearted vision of marriage among Hasidic Jews is also radically different from the depiction of anguished female subservience to patriarchal authority portrayed in movies like Boaz Yakin's "A Price Above Rubies" and Amos Gitai's "Kadosh." That's because the screenwriter, Shuli Rand, and his wife, Michal Bat Sheva Rand, who play a beleaguered married couple, are themselves ultra-Orthodox. Mr. Rand, who won an Israeli Film Academy Award for his performance, was formerly a secular Jew. With permission from his rabbi, he teamed up with the director, Gidi Dar, an old friend, to make the movie. The Rands' characters, Moshe and Malli Bellanga, are a devout but childless couple struggling to make ends meet. Both are intensely emotional. A robust woman with a temperament as fiery as her husband's, Ms. Rand's Malli may follow the patriarchal rules, but she's the furthest thing from a wilting handmaiden bowing and scraping before her master. "Ushpizin" (the title, roughly translated from Aramaic, means "holy guests" and is pronounced OOSH-piz-in) reflects Mr. Rand's secular-to-Hasidic history by imagining that Moshe's wild past suddenly catches up with him. And the scraps of information revealed about his younger days suggest that he was once a formidable hell-raiser. As the story begins, Moshe and Malli are wringing their hands in anxiety. It's the eve of Sukkot, a seven-day religious holiday celebrating the fall harvest. The Bellangas have neither the money to build a sukkah, a tentlike structure occupied by holiday celebrants during the festivities, nor the money to buy food for the weeklong feast. Both worry that the cause of their poverty is Malli's infertility after five years of marriage, and both pray continuously and loudly for God's help. Lo and behold, miracles arrive. A donation of $1,000 from a yeshiva is slipped under their door, and a friend of Moshe's gives them a sukkah. What appears to be another miracle occurs when Moshe's old friend Eliyahu (Shaul Mizrahi) knocks on their door, accompanied by Yossef (Ilan Ganani), a goofy sidekick with a shaved head. The guests arrive just in time for dinner. Chowing down like famished dogs, they proceed to eat and drink the Bellangas out of house and home. But the hosts are thrilled. The appearance of guests during a holiday celebrating hospitality must be another sign of divine beneficence. And when Eliyahu and Yossef make no signs of leaving, the hosts adjust their thinking and gratefully accept the boorish behavior of the men who came to dinner as a divine test with a reward at the end. .... To outsiders, the Bellangas' blind trust and constant praying make them look like patsies exploited by buffoonish, unscrupulous crooks. To the faithful it is more likely to be taken as a joyful affirmation of unshakable faith, humorously exaggerated, of course, but an affirmation nonetheless.
Born in Haifa, Israel, the director Gidi Dar's filmography includes 1988's The Poet, with Shalom Rand and Moshe Ivgi; 1992's Eddie King, with Shalom Rand, Ronit Elkabets and Eithan Bloom, which was shown at the Locarno Film Festival; 1998's music video, 'Blue & Green,' 1999's Shine, a documentary that was shown at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival and the 2000 Docfest NY; 2001's The Kids from Napoleon Hill, a TV fiction series, which won an Israeli academy award; 2002's The Kids from Napoleon Hill, Part 2, which won an Israeli academy award

2 or 3 Things I know About Him

TITLE: Two of Three Things I know About Him 2 oder 3 dinge, die ich von ihm weiss
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Malte Ludin / Iva Szarcova
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 84 minutes
SOURCE: Berlin Film Fest February 2005
TEXT: Sixty years after the end of WWII, descendants of a prominent Nazi responsible for Slovakia reignite the debate over their heriatge I nthis emotional documentary. At the age of 28, Hans Elard Ludin controlled 300,00 storm troopers. In 1941, he was sent to Slovakia as an "ambassador". He was hung after the war for wiping out Slovakia's Jews and other crimes. Malte was born in 1942, and never really knew his father. In this film he confronts his 5 older siblings and some victims also. 2 oder 3 dinge, die ich von ihm weiss

Go For Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy

TITLE: Go For Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy Alles Auf Zucker
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: DANI LEVY
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 91 minutes
SOURCE: Berlin Film Fest February 2005
TEXT: The top film in Germany, bringing in 84 million + to date, it is a politically incorrect German comedy. Variety calls it a "My Jewish Funeral (in Berlin" In 1961, Jacob Zuckerman's mother fled to West Berlin with her son Samuel as the wall was being built. She left Jacon, now Jaacke Zucker, to live and fend for himself. Now, in the new Germany, he is a gambler, while his non Jewish wife runs a dry cleaning business on the first floor. His wife wants a divorce, and he owes the mob about $60,000. He decides to enter a jackpot competition, but his daughter won't even give him the 5000 entrance fee. Okay slapstick fans.. so what happens. Well his mother dies in Frankfurt, and will leave her fortune to her sons if they arrange a full Orthodox Jewish funeral for her in Berlin, and sit Shiva. Jaecke is not religious, his brother his fervently Orthodox.. And the shiva conflicts with the gambling tournament. Joacke has to learn how to keep kosher before his brother and nephew (Joshua) show up in Berlin. (shot in 24 days with two cameras.. so production values are not super high)

DEMOCRACY ISN´T BUILT ON DEMONSTRATORS BODIES

TITLE: DEMOCRACY ISN´T BUILT ON DEMONSTRATORS BODIES
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: David Massey
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 32 minutes video
SOURCE:
TEXT: An expose of the media storm following the 2003 shooting of an Israeli protester at the separation wall by the Israeli military.

Abel Raises Cain

TITLE: Abel Raises Cain
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Jenny Abel , Jeff Hockett
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 82 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Would you attend a school for beggars? Would you listen to a doctor who told you eating human hair was good for you? If these notions seem strange to you, then you probably wouldn't have fallen prey to one of Alan Abel's 100 hilarious hoaxes. Abel has devoted the past 40 years of his life to pulling elaborate pranks on the often-unsuspecting media in the name of political and social justice. His hoaxing career began in the 1950s with a campaign to clothe animals for the sake of decency. In this loving and energetic tribute to her father, director Jenny Abel, along with co-director and partner Jeff Hockett, retrace Abel's career with fantastic footage of his many media appearances and a behind-the-scenes look at his latest opus: a lobby to ban breastfeeding. To Jenny, her father was just a man with an unusual career. To the media, he was a constant thorn in their side. To us, he's a welcome watchdog and a reminder to not always believe what you see on TV.

Appelfeld's Table

TITLE: Appelfeld's Table
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Adi Japhet Fuchs
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 48 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: How do you turn a world of horror into a world of meaning? This is the metaphysical question that haunts Aharon Appelfeld, one of Israel's most prominent and published writers. For three years, filmmaker Adi Japhet Fuchs accompanied Appelfeld to his favourite table at Anna Ticho House café in Jerusalem, a spot where he finds inspiration through observing others and ruminating about his past. Born in Romania and violently deported to a concentration camp when he was eight years old, Appelfeld escaped the camp and joined the Russian army before emigrating to Israel. Fuch's lyrical documentary tells the writer's dramatic life story, weaving together poignant archival footage with excerpts from Appelfeld's writings. With his childhood and family shattered by the Second World War, the writer's struggle has been to frame tragedy as a source for optimism and joy. Appelfeld's Table is a caring portrait of a poet and his prose, delving deep into rich worlds of imagination and memory.

Oriental

TITLE: Oriental
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Avi Nesher
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 46 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: What do the Camp David peace talks and belly dancing have in common? More than you might think, as this charming doc weaves behind-the-scenes moments of negotiation between the Israeli government and Palestinian authorities together with the story of a sexy Jewish dancer collaborating with traditional Arab musicians. Filmmaker Avi Nesher develops a thought-provoking inquiry into the art and practice of negotiation in many forms: politics, arts and elsewhere. On a parallel track, Oriental contrasts public perceptions with concealed realities: the on-stage collaboration of the dancer and her musicians belie backstage tensions, while smiling photo ops of Arafat, Barak and Clinton contradict the struggles behind closed doors. For an age-old conflict, Oriental presents new approaches to understanding the road to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. If a Jewish belly dancer and Arab musicians can work together despite deep-rooted differences, then isn't there hope for a larger, greater collaboration? Oriental's answer is optimistic but practical, it's tone subversive yet playful.

Cry of the Owl

TITLE: Cry of the Owl
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Erez Laufer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English st
TIME: 72 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: The powerful women of the Himba tribe in north-western Namibia - often covered in red ochre paste and jewels - are the subject of this penetrating film about a culture on the precipice of change. Israeli filmmaker Erez Laufer spent four seasons documenting one of Africa's few remaining tribes in this intimate, cinema verité portrait. His unfettered access allows us to share in their lives as they speak freely about sex, men and the daily struggles of maintaining their traditional lifestyles as the cattle are dying, the men are leaving and Big Mama is unwell. The film's hypnotic pace, beautiful score and lush scenery captures a people virtually untouched by modern civilization - including the scourge of AIDS that ravages the rest of the continent and looms ominously outside the village gates, threatening to destroy their world.

Diet Leibovich

TITLE: Diet Leibovich
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Avishag Leibovic
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 17 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Meet filmmaker Avishag Leibovic's hilariously chubby family as they decide it's time to shed a few pounds - and maybe figure out why they all love to eat. Leibovic is there with her camera as they choke down protein shakes, dream about schnitzel and "anxiously wait for lunch."

The Aryan Couple

TITLE: The Aryan Couple
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: John Daly / Film and Music Entertainment, Inc
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 120 minutes
SOURCE: (323) 904-5200 famefilm.com http://www.aryancouple.com/
TEXT: A WWII drama, Daly's "The Aryan Couple" stars Martin Landau as a German/ Jewish industrialist who is forced to give his successful business to the Nazis in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany. Occupied Hungary 1944. Hans and Ingrid Vassman are the perfect Aryan couple. Young, married, in love and expecting their first child, they work as valet and maid for an elderly Jewish couple, the Krauzenbergs, in their magnificent palace in the Hungarian Countryside. They have everything to look forward to - or so they would have you believe. Hitler's 'Final Solution' is sweeping through Europe. Himmler, the Fuhrer's second-incommand, has instigated 'The Europe Plan', offering rich Jewish families the chance to emigrate and avoid the concentration camp - and certain death - in exchange for everything they own. The Wealthy Krauzenbergs, desperate to save their family, make a deal and the Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler has decided to visit them in person to guarantee them safe passage and ensure the smooth transfer of all they own to his possession. They will be joined at a dinner by 'the devil himself', none other than Adolph Eichmann, in charge of the death camps, to ensure all goes smoothly. But first, a detailed security check is to take place on all employees, and Vassman and Ingrid, the two Aryans, are coming under close scrutiny... ...Vassman and Ingrid are not Aryan at all, but Jewish and working for the local resistance. The web is closing in. Will they try to escape to Palestine with the Krauzenberg family for the sake of their unborn child? Or perhaps they seize the opportunity at the dinner to poison two of the most evil mass murderers in modern times - and change the course of history forever...? "Aryan" actor Kenny Doughty won the Palm Beach Intnl Film Festival's best actor award for his role in the film. Palm Beach Intnl Film Festival, 2005

Frozen Angels

TITLE: Frozen Angels
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Frauke Sandig and Eric Black
COUNTRY: Finland, France, Germany, USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: In Frozen Angels, Los Angeles is not only a location but also a metaphor for the fast approaching future of designer baby making. Built on ideals and illusions, and home to Hollywood and Disneyland, the city is not surprisingly a destination for those who want the perfect child - through science. The hyper-stylized photography of L.A.'s freeways, epic proportion film sets and hard bodies at muscle beaches are a haunting reminder that genetic manipulation as the norm is just around the corner. Following a number of characters, including an infertile couple and the surrogate mother they hire for U.S. $80,000, the owners of a sperm bank that specializes in Nobel Prize Laureates, gene researchers and many more with a stake in this boutique baby biz, the film raises questions about the long-range consequences. How far will parents go for the best baby money can buy?
SO WHAT IS SO JEWISH ABOUT THIS FILM? The Shabbat dinner that appears in the film with an LA (right wing) radio celebrity with his wife and his test tube daughters as they make ha-Motzi

GRACE

TITLE: GRACE
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Ilan Yagoda
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 78 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: The final stop for terminal patients beyond the reach of medical treatment, a hospice provides palliative care to patients determined to die with dignity. Filmmaker Ilan Yagoda takes us inside the stories playing out at an Israeli hospice, where the average stay is a modest 14 days. Alternately inspiring and heartbreaking, this poignant verité-style doc carefully follows six families as they attempt to say goodbye to their loved ones. The stories are personal, but common: a man who believes he was struck ill as punishment for leaving a fallen comrade on the battlefield; a woman who realizes she has walked through a loveless life; a son struggling to let go of his father. Yagoda eschews interviews and voice-overs, but his portraits are still intimate, candid and deeply familiar. In Grace, we find that the search for solace and the yearning for reconciliation can be quiet, beautiful, haunting and common to us all.

Keep Not Silent (Ortho-Dykes)

TITLE: Keep Not Silent (Ortho-Dykes)
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Ilil Alexander
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 52 minutes
SOURCE: www.wmm.com
TEXT: After this won in the Netherlands, we tried to acquire it for out fest in Park City. But we were rejected cuz we are too small and crap. But do we hold a grudge... Well... No.. I guess we won't.
This award-winning film explores the secret lives of three orthodox Jewish lesbians who join an underground support group to cope with their conflicting worlds. The religious 'ortho-dykes' include Miriam-Esther, a married mother of 10; Ruth, whose husband allows her to see her female lover twice weekly; and Yudith, a rabbi's daughter who openly declares her sexuality. The intensity with which these women struggle with their conflicting worlds of faith and sexuality is profound, and the personal costs of the choices they face - continued self-suppression versus coming out to an intolerant society - are high. Filmmaker Ilil Alexander captures their courageous search for identity and acceptance with great sensitivity and compassion.

Speaking of film distributors who turned us down for our fest, WALK ON WATER turned us down, since we were not prestigious enough for their precious film

WALK ON WATER

TITLE: WALK ON WATER
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Eytan Fox
COUNTRY: Israel / Sweden
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and German w/ English ST
TIME: 104 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.walkonwatermovie.com Roadside/Goldwyn Wellspring
http://www.walkonwatermovie.com/soundtrack.html
TEXT: A hit man, Eyal, is given the mission to track down the very old Alfred Himmelman, an ex Nazi officer, who might still be alive. Pretending to be a tourist guide he befriends his grandson Axel, in Israel to visit his sister. He wants to convince her to come back to Germany for their father's birthday party. The two men set out on an extended tour of the country during which, Axel's frankness challenges Eyal's rigid, clichéd values. Their friendship grows until he learns of Axel's homosexuality. With this final straw he leaves. To finish his mission Eyal has to go to Germany. He meets Axel once more and succeeds in being invited to the family party where secrets will be revealed. Noralee from queens wrote the following on IMDB.com ""Walk on Water" piles layers of personal, family, religious, cultural, historical, employment, geopolitical, sexual, geographical, guilt and responsibility issues on two men -- and still makes it work as the gripping story of two individuals whose lives affect each other. I saw an interview with director Eytan Fox where he said he wanted to imagine the two most opposite men possible and make them deal with each other. With writer Gal Uchovsky, he focuses on two men who are almost philosophical constructs of dissimilarity yet they come across as real people whose actions and reactions are unpredictable. The central character Eyal is the quintessential sabra (Israeli-born native), a craggy, macho Mossad agent unable to discuss his feelings about his ravaged marriage, a child of a Holocaust survivor, fatigued with terrorist attacks and revenge, but in the opening moments efficiently murders a Hamas leader. He is sent by his mentor/father figure on a rogue mission that annoys him in every possible way -- going undercover to gain the confidence of a young German fully integrated into the EU whose every opinion, action, lifestyle and family background he despises, a continental take on "Donnie Brasco." They personify Faulkner's dictum that "The past is never dead. It's never even past." as each man learns that the measure of a man is not just what he does today and did yesterday, but the genetics and heritage that make up his identity and does influence his choices -- choices that we hold our breaths to see played out. Lior Ashkenazi captures the screen projecting the relaxed casualness of male camaraderie comfortable from years in the military and then his reactions as he gradually realizes he's been thrust into more complex situations. Though the situations get a bit too artfully complicated when their somewhat picaresque adventures range from the German's kibbutznik sister to Palestinians to skinheads and a somewhat unnecessary though emotionally satisfying coda, the dialog does refrain from a couple of the most obvious ironies as each man gradually reveals their true nature to each other. Hearing "Achtung!" amidst Israeli folk dancing is among the unusual juxtapositions in a movie where the characters can only communicate across the divides in English, amidst the three languages they speak among themselves. While the original music by Ivri Lider is particularly good at emphasizing the underlying emotional content and the diverse cultural environs they find themselves in, the selection of popular music they are listening to adds an additional level of knowing commentary, from the agent's preference for Bruce Springsteen, the avatar of rock 'n' masculinity (particularly the symbolism of him favoring "Tunnel of Love"), to European pop and oldies novelty songs to Israeli folk and popular songs, including the agent's great discomfort at having to translate a poignant romantic song from the Hebrew

Say Amen

TITLE: Say Amen
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: David Dery
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 65 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: The walls are closing in around David Dery in his homophobic - and increasingly claustrophobic - world. The youngest in a large, outspoken and orthodox Jewish family, David has yet to share the news of his sexuality with the rest of the Dery clan. The 'don't ask, don't tell' policy is not one that this colourful family ascribes to, and David faces a constant barrage from his brothers and parents, demanding to know when he will bring a nice girl home for Shabbat dinner. As the pressure builds, David must make the difficult decision to fight for acceptance and risk losing his family. David's brave first-person account provides an authentic and moving portrait of the tension between the modern and traditional societies in Israel.

The Next War: Radical Zionists in the Holy Land

TITLE: The Next War: Radical Zionists in the Holy Land
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Dan Setton
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 80 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Dan Setton follows up on his last film, which explored the violent world of Muslim extremists, with The Next War, an inside look at the increasing militancy of Israel's radical Zionists. This rare glimpse into the realm of extreme Jewish fundamentalists who endorse the use of violence sheds light on a frightening new phase of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Setton follows the arrest and trial of two Israelis charged with the attempted bombing of an Arab girls' school, and explores the convictions of a community determined to cleanse the country of its Arab inhabitants. As Israelis and Palestinians renew efforts to reach an accord, is the biggest threat to peace coming from within Jewish communities that feel "only chaos can change the situation"?

Odessa Odessa

TITLE: Odessa Odessa
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Michale Boganim
COUNTRY: Israel France
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 96 minutes
SOURCE: mobydickfilms@club-internet.fr
TEXT: Michale Boganim spirits us on a voyage through time and space in this stylishly cinematic travelogue. Beginning in magical Odessa, an evocatively romantic city even in decay, Boganim transports us from the Ukraine to 'Little Odessa' in Brighton Beach, New York and to Ashdod, Israel. A city that has captivated the hearts of millions, Odessa's displaced Jewish citizens' nostalgia for their homeland is the heart of this story. No longer Odessians, many are stung by the label of 'outsider' in their new worlds, further compounding their sense of alienation, and increasing their longing and yearning for a sense of place. Recapturing the once mighty and now idealized Odessa through memory and song, the film's colourful characters reflect on the meaning of home. (Chris McDonald.)
A voyage from the Ukraine to New York to Israel portraying the wanderings, hopes and illusions of the vanishing Odessa Jewish community. For the uprooted, "home" can mean an elusive yearning for a former place and time. Odessa Odessa elegantly captures the essence of nostalgia as experienced by elderly Jews born in Odessa, Ukraine. Like a three-verse melancholy song, this documentary is a poetic journey from Odessa to Brighton Beach, New York, to Ashdod, Israel, maneuvering among characters who summon feelings of Odessa through memory and music. On Odessa's vacant streets, neglected buildings suggest a glorious past. Here a few very old women reminisce, in a mix of Yiddish and Russian, about World War II, their ideologies, and their vibrant youths. With their city nearly emptied of Jewish life, it is as if they live in the Odessa of fantasy. In Brighton Beach, the vibrancy that must once have filled Odessa pulses along the boardwalks. But even as the immigrants praise America, there is an overwhelming sense of displacement embodied by the incessant rumbling of the above-ground train. In sun-bleached Ashdod, the Odessans express disappointment that, while in Russia they were considered Jews, here in the "promised land" they are forever Russians--outsiders. Their supposed homeland has become Diaspora. Drawing out subtle meanings through stunning, lyrical photography and the metaphor of a timeless traveler who guides us over the sea from continent to continent, Odessa Odessa evokes profound truths about the soul of the Jewish people and the wider experience of exile. (Caroline Libresco)

Sentenced to Marriage

TITLE: Sentenced to Marriage
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Anat Zuria
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Personal rights of freedom and independence clash with centuries of orthodox Jewish law when two young Israeli women struggle to obtain legal divorces in a country that has no separation of church and state. Through audio recordings and hidden camera footage, Anat Zuria takes us behind the closed doors of the Israeli rabbinical courts to track the Kafkaesque web of religious and governmental bureaucracy. Although separated husbands are permitted to couple with new women and even withhold child support, under Jewish law, wives are prohibited from contact with other men and are fated to be chaste until an official divorce is issued. The barren and gloomy rooms of the courthouse provide a bleak backdrop for the tireless efforts of, on one side, the aggravated wives and their solicitors and, on the other, the rabbinical judges who regularly side with the husbands and their lawyers. Sentenced to Marriage is a powerful indictment of a legal system that, Zuria suggests, is at best an anachronism and at worst a demoralizing labyrinth of misogynistic inequity.

Wall / MUR

TITLE: Wall / MUR
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Simone Bitton
COUNTRY: France, Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Arabic with English ST
TIME: 100 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Winner Best Film, Jeruslaem Film festival, 2004. Sundance 2005 official section. This austere and cinematic doc explores what is perhaps the most controversial border since the Berlin Wall: Israel's 400-mile security fence. Amidst escalating political, environmental and cultural tensions, filmmaker Simone Bitton calls upon her dual Jewish and Arab heritage to help her straddle the cultures that are physically and symbolically severed by the massive construction project. Wall presents its namesake in severe graphic compositions that articulate an immoderate number of paradoxes: the shield of life, itself lifeless; the security buffer that presents new dangers; the protector of land that scars the countryside. Through interviews with Palestinian and Israeli locals that live along the fence's path, Bitton examines the long-term efficacy of a nation's colossal defensive gambit. Set against stunning visuals of miles and miles of concrete and barbed wire, personal commentaries provide a deeply human context for the cold and monolithic barrier now in their midst.

GREAT LENGTHS

TITLE: GREAT LENGTHS
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Dara Resnik
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 20 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.greatlengthsentertainment.com/
TEXT: How far would you go for love? When Jess tells Grant that the reason she's breaking up with him (mostly cuz he is a slacker, but she uses the Jewish thing as an excuse) is that he's not Jewish, he decides to convert. Then he discovers that learning Hebrew may not be the hardest part... In this romantic teen-comedy, Grant Johnson (Garrett Strommen) has found the love of his life in girlfriend, Jess Cohen (America Young). Problem is, Grant's a complete slacker who's going nowhere in life, so Jess has to break up with him. But in a panicked moment, she mistakenly tells Grant they can't be together because he's not Jewish. Heartbroken, Grant goes on a quest to convert for Jess, aided by the wisecracking Rabbi Ben Glassman (David Brownstein). Rabbi Glassman teaches Torah to Biker Bubbies in a class called Torah and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. How far will Grant go for love? Only a circumcision will tell. Great Lengths was produced through the Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinema-Television and is directed by Dara Resnik, produced by Tamar Laddy, and written by Chad Creasey.

WAITING FOR WOODY ALLEN

TITLE: WAITING FOR WOODY ALLEN
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Michael Rainin
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 15 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.waitingforwoodyallen.com/
TEXT: First came God. Then came Godot. Then came Woody Allen. Actually, none of them ever showed up - not in the play "Waiting for Godot" or the newly acclaimed short feature film parodying it, "Waiting for Woody Allen." Waiting for Woody Allen, a parody of Samuel Beckett's classic, Waiting for Godot, is a tragic comedy about two quarrelsome Hasidic men, Mendel and Yossel. Disillusioned with religion, therapy and their own friendship, they wait on a bench in Central Park for Woody Allen to come and give meaning to their lives. Two Chasidim - Mendel and Yossel - sit in Central Park waiting for the venerable filmmaker to show up and give their lives meaning. In the meantime, against this autumn backdrop of one day, they argue in their Yiddish-tinged accents about whether they should give up religion or they should wait for Woody, nu?
Notes: Starring: Modi and Joseph Piekarski. Written by Jonathan Brown & Dan Wechsler. Cinematography by Mario Signore. Edited by Bill & Stephen Butler (A Clockwork Orange). Produced and Directed by Michael Rainin, 29, who decided to make a short film about a year and a half ago, when he moved to Los Angeles, following a six-year stint in New York as a writer and production designer.

BACKSEAT BINGO

TITLE: BACKSEAT BINGO
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Liz Blazer
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: about 20 minutes
SOURCE: LizBlazer@hotmail.com
Preview: http://mag.awn.com/issue9.07/9.07clips/Backseat_Bingo.mov
TEXT: Original Score: Gordy Haab, Kyle Newmaster. Sound: Juri Hwang. You thought about sex a few minutes ago. You're thinking about it right now, and in 28 minutes you will ponder it once again. Weighing as heavily as it does on your mind, O Relatively Young One, it shouldn't surprise you that sex is a choice topic with senior citizens, too. Libido has no sell-by date, which means people who probably look just like your parents are doing it RIGHT NOW. Backseat Bingo is a funny and poignant animated documentary about senior citizens and romance. These seniors talk frankly about dating, companionship and sexual desire. Some of the qualities they are looking for: "sexy senior seeks same," "good looking," "no Republicans please," and "someone who can dance." Liz Blazer has worked as an art director on the Palestinian/Israeli "Sesame Street," and for two years as a special effects designer at MTV. She earned an MFA in Animation from USC.

SHOWBIZ RABBI

TITLE: SHOWBIZ RABBI
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Jonathan Serota, Michael Morin
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 12 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: A puppet film. A Hollywood rabbi arrives at the Temple for the Performing Arts and Acting, in a style reminiscent of Johnny Carson, to lead a Rosh Hashana service. A puppet Seinfeld does ha-motzi, a puppet Adam Sandler is a cantor. Warning; Contains puppet sex and nudity, and allusions to oral sex with the rabbi.

TODAY YOU ARE A FOUNTAIN PEN

TITLE: TODAY YOU ARE A FOUNTAIN PEN
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Dan Katzir
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 20 minutes
SOURCE: Katzir Productions, Los Angeles
TEXT: Stars Len Lesser as Grandpa Sam and Quinn Meyers as Jake. Narrated by Rob Paulsen. Wolfish Hershel as the Rabbi. Set in 1989, during the historical week in which the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. The film is a poignant story about a unique relationship between a grandfather and his grandson before the boys Bar Mitzvah. The grandfather teaches the boy a small lesson about growing up, while the boy helps the grandfather, a holocaust survivor, open up and tell his story, for the first time.

CHICKEN SOUP

TITLE: CHICKEN SOUP
YEAR: 1973
DIR/PROD: Kenny Schneider
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 14 minutes
SOURCE: Jewishvideo.com
TEXT: An elderly Jewish couple embark on the right preparation of a chicken soup

SUNDAY SUNDAE

TITLE: SUNDAY SUNDAE
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: EVA SAKS
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 4 minutes
SOURCE: Eva Saks, 11 5th Avenue New York, NY
TEXT: WORLD PREMIERE at the SchmoozeDance Film Festival 2005. Commissioned by Sesame Street, The story of two young boys and the sundae they prepare. Lots of sweet Jewishness in their rhyming.

KOSHER COP

TITLE: Kosher Cop
YEAR: 2003
DIR/PROD: Leah Wolchok
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 4 minutes
SOURCE: Leah Wolchok, CA lwolchok@stanford.edu
TEXT: On the trail in Berkeley with a rabbi who makes restaurants kosher. It's all about fire, water, and unlimited cell phone minutes. Kosher Cop explores the hectic life of a Berkeley rabbi who kosherizes restaurants and production plants throughout Northern California

LA TOILETTA

TITLE: LA TOILETTA
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Dave Goldberg, Ridgefield CT
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 8 minutes
SOURCE: Appliednonsense@snet.com
TEXT: An operetta about a fifth grade boy who needs a bathroom badly during a test! The epic struggle between a fifth-grader who has to go to the bathroom during a test and the teacher who stands in his way. As he pleads his case, the class takes sides, lining up behind good-hearted Sarah and Zach, the bully. The confrontation rises to a musical Gilbert and Sullivan style climax, as the students conclude that "To pee or not to pee, that is the question." Filmed on location at the Warren Point Elementary School in Fairlawn NJ, I ask you, is it the story of a classroom.. or is it a metaphor for the parshat related to the splitting of the Red Sea

DORE DEK CHORE CHANG

TITLE: DORE DEK CHORE CHANG - MY ELEPHANT
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Sugmakanan Songyos
COUNTRY: Thailand
LANGUAGE: Thai with English ST
TIME: 12 minutes
SOURCE: Songyos Sugmakanan 10 AnanTanak Rd Klong Mahanak Pomprab BKK Bangkok Thailand
TEXT: A child draws an elephant in class, but the teacher does not believe he drew it without help. Do you believe him? Do you believe her?

BEAN CAKE

TITLE: BEAN CAKE
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: David Greenspan
COUNTRY: JAPAN
LANGUAGE: Japanese with English ST
TIME: 12 minutes black and white
SOURCE: SweetRedBeanCake@yahoo.com or University of Southern California c.o: Sandrine Faucher Cassidy E-mail: cassidy@cinema.usc.edu
TEXT: On his first day of school, Taro learns that there are some things more important than his favorite snack. Winner of a Palme d'Or for best short film at the Festival de Cannes. (such nachas) Please note that David's dark comedy film, MALL COP, premiered in January 2005 at SLAMDANCE. Mazel Tov to David

MATISYAHU

TITLE: MATISYAHU
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: David Baugnon
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 12 minutes
SOURCE: www.davidbaugnon.com
TEXT: Matisyahu (Matthew in Hebrew) is a Hasidic Reggae/Beat Box/Rapper whose performances meld Jewish tradition with modern sounds, creating a new form of spiritual expression. This documentary follows Matisyahu as he performs in New York City and explains his conversion to Hasidism and his mission to ignite spirituality in others with his music.

JAI YEN COOL HEART

TITLE: JAI YEN COOL HEART
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Daniel Howard
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 15 minutes
SOURCE: Downtown Community Television, 87 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013 Web: http://www.dctvny.org
TEXT: Daniel Howard, a young teen who lives in a poor Brooklyn housing project, traveled to Laos with a group called Where There Be Dragons. In this part of his film, Jai Yen, it shows him traveling around, visiting with many different villages and people. He visits with his friend Ket Kao, a Buddhist monk temple in Luang Prabang where he studies with the young monks and creates a sculpture to be placed on top of a Buddhist temple, Kamu Village where he stays with the village headman's family and works in the rice fields with the villagers, and a luck ceremony with the whole village on the night before his departure. The film brings up issues of communication across barriers of language and culture and how being open to exploring different cultures can provide you with meaningful and fun experiences in your life. On his trip, it is to enjoy the simple things in life that Daniel takes away as his ultimate lesson.

TUNANOODA

TITLE: TUNANOODA
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: David Zackin
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 12 minutes
SOURCE: Dave Zackin 459 3rd Ave Brooklyn NY 11215 djzackin@hotmail.com
TEXT: Jewish narrative traditions are played out through food preparation as an old man entertains his grandson over lunch in this charming animated short. A grandfather tells a big fish story to his grandson as an oral tradition is played out through food preparation. Tunanooda uses two and three dimensional animation as well as real food to explore connections between eating and storytellingWhat was the inspiration for Tunanooda? David was spending a lot of time with a great uncle. He would talk for hours about his cats and my mind would wander. The film tells a similar story, but focuses a lot more on eating, as Dave likes food, and does not like cats. Also, he only really knows how to draw old men, so he was working with a limited palette as far as character design. I used the most limited forms of animaton with no one ever walking or moving too gracefully. To counter this, I tried to edit on action with a headturn and cut every few seconds and used three frame cycles to imply motion even in shots where not much was happening.

A DIFFERENT WAR

TITLE: A DIFFERENT WAR
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Nadav Gal
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 15 minutes
SOURCE: Ruth Diskin - Israel. Ruthfilms.com
TEXT: Jerusalem, As the intifada rages, the Jewish residents of Gilo live shielded behind walls. Nuni has been chosen to play King David in his fourth-grade school play. His teacher wants him to be an aggressive leader with his sword, and kill with toughness. But Nuni has his own battle to perform. He would rather play the part of the princess, and must show his brother that there are many forms of toughness in life.

WALL

TITLE: WALL
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Simone Bitton
COUNTRY: France - Israel
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: WALL is the eye-opening documentary by Simone Bitton about the massive wall that is being built by the Sharon government to divide the Palestine territories from Israel. It screened at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and won three prizes this year: the GRAND PRIX at the Marseilles Documentary Festival, BEST FILM at the Jerusalem Film Festival and the FIRST PRIZE at the Pesaro Film Festival. Simone Bitton, who is an Arab Jew, presents this meditation on the separation fence in Israel-Palestine that imprisons one people while enclosing the other. Jews and Arabs are interviewed, many off camera, in addition to IDF representatives. Is it a land grab? Is it for security? Is is a false sense of security? Will this create definite boundaries in places that were once fluid and without distinct separations?
Bitton uses no traditional voice-over, just interviews with people living on both sides of the wall, explaining what has happened. Their moods vary from anger to resignation, but also humor and hope, as the wall separates them from their land or their work and does not follow a line agreed by both sides. One of the most interesting features is that it is never clear on which side of the wall the interviews are held. Both sides are presented, and both sides have many arguments against the wall. The only formal interview is with General Amos Yaron of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, responsible for erecting the wall, who claims that the 'costly and less than ideal' solution to the problem is the lesser of all evils. Surrounded by Israeli flags on both sides of his desk, Amos Yaron quietly explains his intentions. The Wall, he says, is an efficient way to stop Palestinian terrorists spreading their terror inside Israel -- and also to prevent them considering Israel as an inexhaustible source of goods to steal, especially cars and agricultural machinery. He boasts that 500 trucks, scrapers, and bulldozers are working daily to move millions of cubic metres of earth. This project, "one of the biggest ever realised in Israel", costs $2m per km, the project costs for the 500 km Wall is 1bn$.

THE ARISTOCRATS

TITLE: THE ARISTOCRATS
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Mighty Cheese Productions
TEXT: World premiere at Sundance 2005. One hundred superstar comedians tell the same very, VERY dirty, filthy joke -- one shared privately by comics since vaudeville. Directed by fellow Penn grad and Mask and Wigger, Paul Provenza (of Dr Pepper, you're a pepper, I'm a pepper fame)
Cast includes: Drew Carey, George Carlin, Billy Connolly, Jason Alexander, Chris Rock, Roseann, Spinal Tap, Phyllis Diller, Adam Sandler, Andy Dick, Phyllis Diller, Whoopi Goldberg, Gilbert Gottfried, Eddie Izzard, Paul Krassner, Bill Maher, Penn & Teller, Paul Reiser, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Jon Stewart, Peter Tilden, Bruce Vilanch, and Robin Williams
If you want to see SouthPark do the joke, you can look at the link below, but beware
www.spschat.com/RareMedia/videos/southparkjoke-thearistocrats.wmv

Protocols of Zion

TITLE: Protocols of Zion
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Marc Levin / Marc Levin and Steven Kalafer
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: World premiere at Sundance 2005. Filmmaker Marc Levin, a secular Humanist Jew, sets out to understand and challenge those who believe the Jews were responsible for the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Marc was alarmed by the increase in anti Jewish sentiments. He explores the idea that Jews are after world domination. He speaks with the street prophets who tell him that the Jews were behind 9/11; with the mastermind behind an Aryan separatist website; to Christian Evangelical leaders; to Kabbalists; to rallying Palestinian kids; parading peaceniks, Holocaust deniers and Holocaust survivors. Meanwhile, America and England invade Iraq, the Malaysian PM decries Zionists, fights erupt in the Middle East, Arabic TV stations dramatize the "Zionist plot," Mel Gibson releases The Passion of the Christ, and violence reignites in Palestine/Israel. The impulse to point the finger of blame has never been stronger, and this film has never been more relevant or crucial as a reminder that hate only breeds more hate. Music by John Zorn.

The Squid and the Whale

TITLE: The Squid and the Whale
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Noah Baumbach
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 81 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Premiered at Sundance 2005. Set in 1986 Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Berkman family goes through a divorce and painful truths about the marriage come to light. The middle aged dad is a fading Jewish academic, whose pretensions drive his behavior, but not in some sort or anti intellectual cliché that is found in other films. His wife is becoming a literary star, as his fame wanes. The 16 year old and 12 year old sons are caught in the crossfire as the family begins to deconstruct. The patriarch (Jeff Daniels) of an eccentric Brooklyn family claims to once have been a great novelist, but he has settled into a teaching job. When his wife (Laura Linney) discovers a writing talent of her own, jealousy divides the family, leaving two teenage sons to forge new relationships with their parents. Linney's character begins dating her younger son's tennis coach. Meanwhile, Daniels' character has an affair with the student his older son is pursuing. CAST: Laura Linney, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Anna Paquin, Billy Baldwin, Halley Feifer

Rock School

TITLE: Rock School
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Don Argott
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: The story of the Paul green School of Rock Music for Philadelphia teenagers who want to be rockers. Green - a 31-year old, cagey looking former grunge rocker, is a fellow Penn Philosophy major who loves classic rock; he started his school in 1996, transforming a dentist's office into a glorified practice space. He currently has 110 students amd 14 teachers (there are about 20 more boys than girls). He says, "I'm real tough with the kids"; he says, "You want to learn how to play rock music? Learn the first three Black Sabbath albums and the first five Led Zeppelin albums, and there you go. That's where everything comes from." Green also holds forth in a new class at the school he calls, "Philosophy for Ungrateful Teenagers." Green is trying to create continuity beyond the music by recommending books to read and movies to watch, to discuss how everything relates to everything else. About teaching music he says, "If you just practice and focus your energies, you can create a set of skills, and with those skills, find your independent voice." He pays the rent by charging $100 monthly tuition; those who can't afford the fee are often placed 'tin scholarship." Green (who has the sort of deranged, laserlike intensity of would-be filmmaker Marc Borchardt from American Movie) used to give private guitar lessons in the attic of a local music store, but he says that an open, communal practice space helps the kids learn faster and more eagerly. His pupils agree-for the most part.

Mardi Grad: Made In China

TITLE: Mardi Grad: Made In China
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: David Redman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English and chinese w/ English Subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Follows the trail of Mardi Gras beads from their factory in China to New Orleans. The story of economic Globalism and inequities. Sundance 2005

American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis

TITLE: American Fame Pt. 2: Forgetting Jonathan Brandis
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Cam Archer
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Short film. A look at the all too fast and seemingly forgotten life of former child star, Jonathan Brandis. Part narrative, part documentary, the film looks into Jonathan's unexplained recent suicide, as well as the events which led up to it. Narrated by Lydia Lunch. Sundance 2005

West Bank Story

TITLE: West Bank Story
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Ari Sandel
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 20 minutes
SOURCE: www.westbankstory.com
TEXT: Short film. Sundance 2005. A fantastic short. A West Side Story musical in which a kosher Israeli fast food store battles it out with a Palestinian Falafal stand. But there are star crossed lover involved. Cant we all just get along and worship cash?
Please note that this short won an Oscar in February 2007


INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
Documentary Shorts
"Meet Michael Oppenheim," Israel (Director: Roni Abulafia)
Source: Ruthfilms.com
Michael Shlomo Oppenheim is one year old. Through a series of family portraits, we get a picture of the people, the exploits and the genes that brought Michael to the world and the world to Michael. Faces that tell together the story of the Jews in the twentieth century and the story of the State of Israel. The face of all of us: fighters, victims, human beings.



BALLET RUSSES
A film by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller
about the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo represents, above all, a saga of human indomitability and courage. The names and histories of those dancers -- Alicia Markova (now 93), Maria Tallchief, Irina Baronova and Tatiana Riabouchinska (two of the three celebrated "baby ballerinas"), Nathalie Krassovska, Yvonne Chouteau, Frederic Franklin, Mia Slavenska, Marc Platt and George Zoritch, to cite the most prominent -- add up to a chronicle of ballet in the 20th century. Within that span, the art of classical dance traveled from its home in czarist Russia to what many observers deemed its logical destination in the United States. These people made it happen.



I KNOW I AM NOT ALONE
A Work In Progress
Directed by Michael Franti
USA
This film will close the Slamdance Festival. Filmed entirely on location in Iraq and the Palestinian Authority areas during the summer and fall of 2004, the film is a personal diary of one man's journey to discover the 'truth' of the US war in Iraq and the war between Israel and Palestine.


COMMUNE
Director: Jonathan Berman
Cal State Professor Berman, who gave us THE SHVITZ, offers up this new documentary, the story of a wilderness community and their experiments in creating a new way to live. Spanning from 1968 through today, the film suggests the value in trying to change the world and the pitfalls of going over the edge, ending as a plea for continued responsible social activism.


SHEOL
Directed By: Rubén Möller
Genre: Animation
Length: 10 minutes 30 seconds
Country: Canada
The Hebrew word for cave, sheol, means the place under the earth where departed spirits are believed to go.


I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust

TITLE: I'm Still Here: Real Diaries of Young People Who Lived During the Holocaust
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Lauren Lazin / Lauren Lazin, Katy Garfield, Alexandra Zapruder
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 44 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Based on Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust. If you are fan of docs, the you know the work of Ms. Lazin, a past top honcho at MTV, an award winning filmmaker in Tupac, a Camp Ramah alum, and if you are me, the award winning director of a Stanford film on Flappers. IN this film, sponsored by the Spielberg Foundation, we learn about children who wrote diaries during the Shoah. I havent seen it, but the Sun Sentinel wrote: "There's something about this documentary that feels a little too pop for its serious subject matter -- maybe the all-Moby soundtrack, or the voiceovers by actors including Elijah Wood and Kate Hudson. So it comes as no surprise to learn that it will broadcast next month on MTV. Hosted by actor-director Zach Braff (Garden State), the small screen will probably be a better home for this brief portrait of youth cut short during World War II. Director Lauren Lazin, Oscar nominee for 2003's Tupac: Resurrection, has adapted a book by Alexandra Zapruder (granddaughter of Kennedy assassination figure Abraham Zapruder). The diary readings are sad without having to try. But, despite the high-voltage star contributions, they don't make as big an impact as they should. And the stock footage of Nazis marching grows a bit numbing. The most notable exception is the reading of an anonymous teenage girl's diary, which sounds like it was read by contributor Brittany Murphy (Sin City). As the girl discusses in heartbreaking detail the daily reality of starving to death in a ghetto, it is impossible not to be moved. If nothing else, I'm Still Here puts myriad youthful faces on unthinkable suffering. It reminds us that Anne Frank was not the only young person to perish for absolutely no good reason."

Miracle in Cracow Cud w Krakowie

TITLE: Miracle in Cracow Cud w Krakowie
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Diana Groó
COUNTRY: POLAND
LANGUAGE: Polish with English ST
TIME: 94 minutes
SOURCE: Nypff.com Ny Polish Film Fest, May 7, 2005 in NYC
TEXT: Screenplay: Diana Groó, András Szeker Cast: Eszter Bivo (Esther), Maciej Adamczyk (Piotr), Itala Bekes (Mancika), Franciszek Pieczka (rabbi Levi), Jerzy Trela (Malgorz), Stanislawa Celinska (aunt), Andrzej Chyra. Little Piotr's only caregiver is his grandmother, Mancika, a Polish Jew who lives in Budapest. Her only wish is to secure Piotr his inheritance, the reconstruction of a once-huge library that belonged to the late Israel Rosenthal, Piotr's great-grandfather. She is especially keen on finding a book about the wonder rabbi, who was able to raise the dead with the help of the silver crown. One day Mancika does not wake up from her night's sleep. Piotr is taken to Cracow where his mother, whom he has never met, is supposed to be waiting for him. 15 years later Esther, a Hungarian student, arrives in Cracow. Her task is to get a 16th century tombstone restored by craftsman in Cracow. Esther brings a book along with the only authentic description of the ruined tombstone. Not long after she gets off the train her backpack gets stolen with the book in it. The thief is Piotr. Piotr and Esther strike a deal: Esther won't report Piotr to the police if Piotr recovers the backpack along with the valuable book. In the course of their search, they come in contact with the darkest elements of the Cracow underworld.

Unloved Niekochana

TITLE: Unloved Niekochana
YEAR: 1965
DIR/PROD: Janusz Nasfeter
COUNTRY: POLAND
LANGUAGE: Polish with English ST
TIME: 79 minutes
SOURCE: Nypff.com Ny Polish Film Fest, May 7, 2005 in NYC
TEXT: Screenplay: Janusz Nasfeter (according to Adolf Rudnicki's short story) Cast: Elzbieta Czyzewska (Noemi), Janusz Guttner (Kamil), Wlodzimierz Borunski (Inzynier Sliwa), Aleksandra Leszczynska (gospodyni), Adolf Chronicki (major), Zdzislaw Lesniak (Atos) Elzbieta Czyzewska creates an unforgettable Noemi, a young Jewish woman torn apart by her emotions. On the eve of the outbreak of World War II, Noemi awaits her love, the young Polish artist Kamil, and reminisces about their tumultuous romance. The film is a study of love, from the hopeful beginning, to the ecstasy, and later jealous longing that overcomes Noemi. Simultaneous to Noemi's breaking point, the world around her is overturn by chaos in the outbreak of the war. Adapted from the successful story by Adolf Rudnicki, written in 1937.

ONLY HUMAN Seres Queridos

TITLE: ONLY HUMAN
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Teresa de Pelegri, Dominin Harari / Mariela Besuievski, Pablo Bossi, Gerardo Herrero, Javier López Blanco
COUNTRY: Spain, United Kingdom, Argentina, Portugal
LANGUAGE: Spanish with English ST
TIME: 93 minutes
SOURCE: Sales Agent: Renaissance Films 34-35 Berwick Films London W1F 8RP, England Tel: +44 (0)20 7287 5190 Fax: +44 (0)20 7287 5191 info@renaissance-films.com www.renaissance-films.com Contact: Angus Finney
TEXT: The comic fallout of the romance of a Jew and Palestinian, based on the mixed marriage of the two directors. Starring Norma Aleandro , Guillermo Toledo , María Botto , Marián Aguilera , Fernando Ramallo , Alba Molinero , Max Berliner , Mario Martín A Spanish take on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, Only Human might well be the only opportunity you'll get this year to see a screwball comedy with an Israeli-Palestinian twist. Or, indeed, any year. Jewish TV presenter Leni Dali (Aguilera) brings Palestinian Rafi (Toledo) home to meet her family, a motley crew that gives the term dysfunctional a whole new dimension. Mother Gloria (Aleandro) is a depressed version of the typically smothering Jewish mother; grandfather Dudu (Max Berliner) is a blind veteran of the Israeli-Arab wars who still keeps his rifle in the closet; brother David (Fernando Ramallo) has recently converted to ultra-orthodox Jewish beliefs; and sister Tania (Botto) is a belly-dancing man-eating single mother in the throes of an early mid-life crisis. As for Leni's philandering father, well, Rafi manages to drop a tin of frozen soup on his head from ten stories up, thus precipitating yet another twist in the tale. Oh, and there's a wounded duck in the bidet. Consistently funny, Only Human contorts its storyline into outrageously improbable shapes but does so in a way that is always believable. The performances are excellent, the dialogue is razor-sharp, and the knowing subversion of the screwball genre. TIMEOUT LONDON WRITES: In a comedy of botched introductions Leni (Marián Aguilera) arrives home in Madrid to introduce her boyfriend, Rafi, to her Jewish parents. The cramped apartment is a menagerie of eccentricity, home to Leni's nymphomaniac sister, goofy Orthodox brother and senile grandfather. Leni's announcement that Rafi (Guillermo Toledo) is Palestinian sends her mother into hysterics and a join-the-dots farce ensues. Left in charge of the kitchen, Rafi drops a slab of frozen soup out of the seventh-floor window and on to a passing pedestrian, knocking him clean out. As Rafi sweats, convinced he has killed the man, it slowly dawns on him that his victim might well be his fiancée's father. There are some fork-tongued one-liners here - 'there will be peace in Israel before your father gives me an orgasm' - and the rivalry between Leni and her siblings plays out with bone-crunching anguish. But for all its boisterous chutzpah, there is little charm in this, the third feature from a husband and wife team.
US Premiere was at the Atlanta Jewish Film Fest. Also shown in early 2005 at Philadelphia Film Fest (April 2005) and Newport Intnl Film Fest (June 2005)

JEWBOY

TITLE: JEWBOY
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: TONY KRAWITZ / Libby Sharp and Liz Watts
COUNTRY: AUSTRALIA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 52 minutes, SP Betacam
SOURCE: Porchlight Films Libby Sharpe libbysharpe@bigpond.com
Or intnl sales at Fortissimo Film Sales Veemarkt 77-79, 1019 DA Amsterdam Netherlands Tel: +31 20 627 3215 Fax: +31 20 626 1155 E-mail: info@fortissimo.nl www: www.fortissimofilms.com
TEXT: Premiere at the Adelaide Film Fest in Australia, February 2005. At Karlovy Vary during July 2005. After the death of his father, Yuri returns from Israel to the strict Chassidic community of Sydney. Losing his faith in Judaism, he rejects his former girlfriend Rivka and starts driving taxis. He falls for Sarita and in his grieving state takes much more from their budding friendship than she does. In his confused search for intimacy he ends up in some of the least intimate spaces, like porn shops and peepshows. Jewboy is a film about a young man's search for his place in the world, his family and his faith. Tony Krawitz made his first short film, Zero, while studying at the Sydney University of Technology. He went on to study directing at the AFTRS where he directed the short films Customs (2001), Together in the Middle of Nowhere (2001) and Into the Night (2002). Since graduating from AFTRS Tony has been directing music videos and commercials.
Twenty-one-year-old Yuri Kovner arrives in Sydney to attend the funeral of his father who has died unexpectedly. A fairly ordinary story? Perhaps - if Yuri's father hadn't been a rabbi and he, himself, hadn't been in Israel for a year preparing to follow in his footsteps. For Yuri, the funeral preparations in the heart of an orthodox Jewish family, headed by grandma Minnie, turn into a nightmare. Uneasiness, awkwardness and uncertainty all contribute to Yuri's attempt to flee the environment in which he was raised. He finds work as a taxi driver and, when he meets carwash employee Sarita, who comes from Fiji, his initially clear future begins to take another direction. However, Yuri's faith makes it absolutely unacceptable that he continue seeing Sarita - but she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. Will the hero of this intimate drama find his own path in life? And will his relatives be able to tolerate it? The film was screened in the Un certain regard section at this year's Cannes IFF.


Note to file
The Grace Lee Project (docu)
2005
68 minutes
I love this film since it is like the film I want to make (searching for steve cohen, in which I visit 2 dozen steve cohens in america)... in this film.. grace lee tries to find out why so many asian american women are named grace lee. Do these women embody the nice asian girl stereotype (which she loathes). A meditation on identity and culture and asian ethnicity. Everyone knows or knew a grace lee... I know that I did! And she fit the streotype (sorry)! There are over 300 Grace Lees in Los Angeles.

FREE ZONE / FREE FALL

TITLE: FREE FALL / FREE ZONE
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Amos Gitai
COUNTRY: ISRAEL FRANCE SPAIN BELGIUM
LANGUAGE: Arabic and Hebrew and English w/ Subtitles
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: NEW YORKER FILMS in the USA.
BAC FILMS - T : 33 (0)1 53 53 52 52 - j.labadie@bacfilms.fr - www.bacfilms.com Cannes Film Festival, May 2005.
TEXT: Actors: Nathalie PORTMAN Hanna LASLO Hiam ABBASS Aki AVNI Carmen MAURA.
The comedian Hanna LASLO, the diaghter of an Auschwitz survivor, playing a serious role as the taxi driver, won the BEST ACTRESS award at Cannes in May 2005
Three women represent the future of the Middle East. A Palestinian woman, an Israeli woman, and an American woman. 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 sum of money that "the American", her husband's partner, owes them. Rebecca persuades Hanna to take her along. When they reach the Free Zone, Leila, a Palestinian, explains that the American isn't there and that the money has vanished....
Free Zone starts with the meeting of two women: Rebecca, an American eager to leave Jerusalem after breaking up with her fiancé, and Hanna, an Israeli taxi driver. Together, they head for the Free Zone east of the Jordan, where customs and tax regulations are waived. There, they meet Leila, a Palestinian woman... Amos Gitaï says he made this feature because he was interested in "these pockets of freedom in the Middle East where people of different origins can mingle and find things they can do in common. I'm interested in observing how people of the region are connecting to other people through everyday activities, and not only through political gestures. At this point we have been deceived continuously by the big politicians."
Amos Gitaï on meeting Natalie Portman: "Natalie had written letters and e-mails to me, telling me she was very interested in knowing more about her identity. She was born in Jerusalem of an Israeli father and an American mother. I think she has always sought to see her father's country, the country where she was born. That's why she was willing to participate in my project. I thought it over, we wrote back and forth about it for about six months, we met, and then, my co-writer and I integrated small fragments of Natalie's life story in the screenplay. Natalie, like her character, is studying a little Hebrew and Arabic. All that yielded a sort of hybrid language. In my opinion, making up a sort of mongrel tongue mingling Hebrew, English, and Arabic contributes to the hybrid texture which is the raw material for the film."
Amos Gitaï on having women rule the world: "It's a proposal I'm going to make in the Middle East, where we've seen the "great success" men who are generals, soldiers, or patriarchs have had, with a war that has been going on for over fifty years... It would be my own proposal: "Let's allow women to rule, and maybe things will get better."
Amos Gitaï on the theme of the border: "There are borders which are very rigid, very dangerous, with a lot of hatred... The barriers which divide the Middle East are both physical and mental. I see the film as offering a bridge which makes it possible to cross these borders without seeing the hatred, the wariness, although it does allow you to see that there are divisions within the societies, and not only between the societies. A bridge that would show that in the Middle East, you have to make use of little scraps of cooperation, and not necessarily concentrate on big ideas. Instead, we have to cling to the little daily events which bring people together."
Hanna Laslo on her character: "I think Amos wrote the Hanna character with me in mind. I realized that I'm very close to Hanna myself. I grew up in Israel; I love my country, and the one thing I wish is that peace and understanding would take hold. But certain things are difficult. Life in Israel is hard. Amos and I kneaded my character, the way you knead bread, to understand it better. Work like this is always exciting, because Amos is an extremely dynamic director who is liable to change his plans completely from one moment to the next."
Hiam Abbass on working with Amos Gitaï: "When Amos called me, he was still trying to figure out the role the Leila character would play in the narrative: what it would turn into, what Leila's story was. Amos Gitaï really inspires your trust even though, due to the way he works, you don't always have all the answers right away. With him there, I wasn't afraid to expose myself, to be outspoken, to judge the society in which I live. Hanna, Natalie, and I were like a piece of fabric that Amos would go at with his needle and thread, trying to embroider the right little designs. If we were too far off, he had his own way of bringing us back on the right track. His anger, sorrow, and happiness were always wrapped up in a covering of love which led all of us to the creation of this story."

AVENGE BUT ONE OF MY TWO EYES

TITLE: AVENGE BUT ONE OF MY TWO EYES
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Avi Mograbi
COUNTRY: Israel - France
LANGUAGE: Arabic and Hebrew in English Subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: AVI MOGRABI FILMS/LES FILMS D'ICI - 12 rue Clavel - 75019 Paris - FRANCE - T : 01 44 52 23 23 - serge.lalou@lesfilmsdici.fr - www.lesfilmsdici.fr International Sales: LES FILMS DU LOSANGE - T : 01 44 43 87 10 - F : 01 49 52 06 40 - d.elstner@filmsdulosange.fr
TEXT: Actors: Shredi JABARIN (Palestinian friend). From the myths of Samson and Massada, the younger Israeli generations learn that death is preferable to domination. Today, as the second Intifada is raging, the Palestinians are constantly humiliated by the Israeli army: peasants are kept from ploughing their fields, children on their way back from school are stranded at checkpoints for hours, an old woman can't even go back home. Exhausted, these people voice their anger and despair - just as the Jews did with the Romans or Samson with the Philistines. Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi still believes in the power of dialogue, with besieged Palestinians, and with omnipresent Israeli army officials.
Extracts of Dialogues: - Samson called to the Lord and said: "Lord, God, remember me and strengthen me, only this once. So that I may avenge but one of my two eyes, avenge upon the Philistines. What does he ask for? Who does he turn to, and what does he ask for?
-Samson turns to God and asks him to give him strength, even though he¿s not a Nazirite anymore, he asks him to make him strong one more time, so he can take revenge on the Philistines.
The documentary Avenge But One of My Two Eyes by Avi Mograbi, who has come to Cannes for the first time, plunges us into the thick of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With the second intifada raging and the Palestinians in greater frustration and despair than ever, Mograbi places his faith in the power of dialogue, with the Palestinians besieged and the Israeli army everywhere. To sustain his argument, the director raises the legends of Samson & Delilah and Massada, which taught early Zionists that death is preferable to surrender. This film was born of Avi Mograbi's intention to reconsider the story of Masada, the fortress emblematic of the Jewish Zealots' uprising against Roman occupation in the 1st century AD, in a new light, by transposing the action to today's breaking news stories. Mograbi explains: "You have to be aware that we Israelis have always been brought up so as to regard Zealots as heroes and freedom fighters that we should identify with... But historian Josephus Flavius in the book 'The War of the Jews' told an altogether different story: the Zealots of Masada are described as murderers, robbers, bandits and extreme nationalists - and definitely not as people to look up to. So i thought it was important to retell the story of Masada. Besides, the fact that the Zealots committed suicide also reflected on today's Palestinian suicide bombers."

Good Boys (Yeladim Tovim)

TITLE: Good Boys (Yeladim Tovim)
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Yair Hochner
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English Subtitles
TIME: 75 minutes
SOURCE: Premiered at Newfest.org June 2005. Yair Hochner Info@goodboysfilm.com www.goodboysfilm.com 972 52 276 7404 yairho@bezeqint.net
TEXT: Inspired by My Own Private Idaho and Dennis Cooper, Good Boys is the story of two Tel Aviv rent boys, Meni and Tal, who meet when they are both picked up by the same john. Paid to have sex while he watches, they find unexpected comfort and attraction in one another. They decide to spend the night together, but will they be able to maintain their connection in the face of grim reality of life as prostitutes? Despite its miniscule budget, writer/director Yair Hochner's feature impresses with a carefully-paced and perfectly-plotted script, a sure directorial hand, engaging characters, and strong performances from its attractive young cast.
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17-year-old Meni wears only the most fashionable clothes, interested in music, loves the cinema and works as a rent boy. He had a baby from Mika, a young drug addict prostitute. Israeli men like her more than the russian prostites and will pay more for her. Meni has an adoptive mother who is also a trans-gender prostitute. Meni's clients contact him on his cell-phone. One night he meets Tal, another hustler, and they decide to spend the night together. During that night their lives get a new meaning, but can the little hope change the life they are used to from early age? In the morning they decide to meet later at the club. Until the awaited meeting, both of them will have to deal with their weary routine of clients, marginalized people and unexpected events.
SPOILER: SPOILER. IT is difficult to watch this film. The cop is an evil man who abuses instead of protects. But as Israel becomes more Capitalist and less Socialist, the actions of the cop represents how society seeks to exploit citizens for money instead of help them. Note how in 2004, three film sin Israel focused on prostitiutes: OR; GARDEN; and now GOOD BOYS/








Zero Degrees of Separation

TITLE: Zero Degrees of Separation
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Elle Flanders
COUNTRY: Canada
LANGUAGE: English/Hebrew/Arabic with English Subtitles
TIME: 89 minutes
SOURCE: shown June 2005 at Newfest.org
TEXT: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is shown through two same-sex couples on opposite sides of the divide as they struggle to make their love work in the face of personal and political obstacles. Elle Flanders' politically- and emotionally-charged documentary follows Selim and Ezra, who must navigate the bureaucratic nightmare that would allow Selim, a Palestinian, to remain with his Israeli partner, a vocal critic of Israeli policies. Likewise, lesbian lovers Edit and Samira contend with the pressure on their relationship caused by national conflicts. Flanders' own experiences growing up with her Zionist grandparents, active in the creation of Israeli as a nation-state, provides a personal and historical context for the struggles of the film's two couples, and for the larger struggles of both Palestinians and Israelis living in a world torn apart by war.

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