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A Zero Degree Turn

TITLE: A Zero Degree Turn
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Hassan Fathi
COUNTRY: Iran
LANGUAGE: Farsi
TIME: 22 episodes
SOURCE: Channel 1 in Tehran
TEXT: A big budget, self produced television series in Iran that is set in WW2 Europe and concerns the friendship of an Iranian (Persian) man and a Jewish woman. Filmed in Iran, Budapest and Paris, the tv show tries to show how Iranaina Jews were saved during the Holocaust. It is not anti Jewish, but definitely anti Zionist and also tries to shows that Jews plotted to move to Palestine. But mostly, Iranian audiences have been watching the show because it shows Iranian women dressed in lavish clothes during the 1930/40's, and not kept out of sight I post revolutionary Iran.

Tehilim

TITLE: Tehilim
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Raphael Nadjari
COUNTRY: Israel - France
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 99 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.filmsdistribution.com/film.php?id=269.
TEXT: Seen at Cannes. In competition. In today's Jerusalem, a Jewish family leads an ordinary life. But following a car accident, the father mysteriously disappears. They all deal with his absence and the difficulties of everyday life as best they can. While the adults take refuge in silence or traditions, the two children, Menachem and David, try in their RaphaŽl Nadjari's "Tehilim," is shot in Jerusalem with mostly nonprofessional actors. "Tehilim" was released in France on May 30, 2007. The film opens with a mystery and touches on issues of belief and doubt, shades of orthodoxy in a family split asunder. But the drama is within, impacted, without reference to the predicament of Israel's history or daily struggles, neighbors and territories. "Tehilim" signifies the Psalms. This is the Jerusalem Nadjari filmed, the setting for a modest family story. "When we direct, it is as if we were the eyes of God. I don't try to look down from above, but to catch the moments between people," the director said. One morning, taking his son to school, the father has a car accident. By the time the ambulance arrives, he has vanished. In this void, Nadjari weaves an enigma. Each member of the family has to position himself anew, to discover who he is and where he is in regard to the missing father. The mother, a modern woman, did not share the father's orthodoxy and recoils when his family invades her home with their prayers. The sons, far apart in age and character, seem to ignore the fact that they are brothers. This will change. It's such a small accident, almost nothing happens: the car simply veers off the road, and runs up an embankment. "I know," the director said, smiling. "I didn't want to start with something spectacular, like in an American movie. I wanted the mystery to come from the story." And though some audiences may want something more dramatic, the film gets under your skin, and stays with you, as if you were part of it.
"Jerusalem's identity is intimate, and that's what I wanted to show with a completely different kind of storytelling - I didn't want a script. In a Capra movie, the father would have returned in a God-like fashion. Here, I explore the subject of God, and it was important for everything to be small, so we could live it as reality. I don't need a big story anymore." Nadjari, 35, who was born in Marseille, moved to New York in the 1990s and made "The Shade" (Cannes 1999), adapted from Dostoyevsky's "A Gentle Creature" and shot in Spanish Harlem.
The director, from the start, surrounded himself with young multilingual producers and collaborators - Francesca Feder, Geoffrroy Grison and Fred Bellaiche, and his Israeli team, Marek Rozenbaum and Itai Tamir. They are an atypical group of cinťastes, a family of sorts, and keep up with a filmmaker who travels in unexpected directions. The families in his first two films were Jewish from Eastern Europe; "Apartment #5C" was about Israeli expatriates in New York. "Avanim" was about Middle Eastern Jews; the Jewish family in "Tehilim" is part of the European Ashkenazi community. "Wherever I go, I am not an insider," the director said. And it seems that this is the position he relishes, but involved questioning, seeking. "Religion is what we receive, and then, we have to deal with it," he said. "It's not something we adopt, but part of our identity. Even if you're secular, religion forces you to discuss the ethical process. In that way it is an interesting part of our debate, our dialogue." "Tehilim" is fused with hidden violence; the depleted family struggles to make sense of what has happened. The father, who was deeply religious, has disappeared, and they feel abandoned. The mother withdraws, brothers quarrel, grandparents push their way into the home and vie for power. Limor Goldstein (the mother) and Michael Moshonov (the older son) are known for their work in Israeli theater, but most of the cast is made up of amateurs; Nadjari worked with them, improvising.
"Improvisation helps lay bare the way we build, how we tell the story. It creates a kind of deep intimacy. The audience can fill in with their own story. In the face of such turmoil, such drama, how do you react? Somehow, you find yourself in the place of the missing father."
In "Tehilim," the brothers get together on a project that they think will bring their father back. "We all have a positive project," Nadjari said, "but we can't do it alone. What the son thinks will be good for his father is not. He has to learn what it is to have a dialogue."
Asked what he thought happened to the father, the director smiled. "I lost myself not knowing what happened to him. Storytelling begs for a meaning, a goal. If your character doesn't return, you are left with emptiness. And this is a fact of life. The father may have chosen to disappear to make them think, to discuss." Nadjari, who is from a family of conservative Jews, has grandparents in Jerusalem. "Things change there all the time. People are trying to find the truth. I met a lot of humanity."
He discussed the invisible land beyond the Jerusalem he filmed in "Tehilim," in a country where identity and struggle for territory are burning issues, where vanished generations have left their mark.
Talking of the Jews who refuse to give up their settlements, the director said, "Peace should be the goal. That's my mantra. I go from one place to the next, trying to humanize the debate, to understand each side and to get a sense of honesty in the way I render a story - the rest doesn't concern me
RaphaŽl Nadjari on the questions raised by the film: "Must one believe or not, pray or not, be religious or not? We raise these questions, but we don't give any answers. Nevertheless, two elements had emerged when we finished shooting. First, no one has a monopoly on the truth; truth is something people find together. Second, faced with a feeling of loss, something that affects many people, what's necessary is to find hope.
" RaphaŽl Nadjari on the relationship between the private and the universal: "We have to be able to question ourselves in terms of something besides current events. I prefer to take a more intimate approach to reaching a global vision. One must distance oneself from ideology to achieve some form of understanding."
Limor Goldstein, on the film's subject: "It's the story of a loss. How can you deal with yourself and your emotions after such a great loss? How can you survive, and make your family survive?"
On the reasons for the father's disappearance: Michael Moshonov: "I always thought he might have fled to get away from us. There is this idea that he could have abandoned us, but, at the same time, we're in Israel, so he might very well have been kidnapped. The more you think about it, the more new ideas come to you."
RaphaŽl Nadjari: "Each character has his or her own idea of what happened to the father. One thing is certain: something happened, and it caused him to run away. That's what's interesting. Each character tries to put the story together in his own way. The goal of the film is to arrive at several possible interpretations, so that each one can invest something personal. That's why we left the blank spaces on the screen."

Where Neon Goes To Die

TITLE: Where Neon Goes To Die
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: David Weintraub
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 53 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.yiddishculture.org/yiddish_final/index.html
TEXT: Using rare film and video footage, still images and radio recordings, Where Neon Goes to Die reconstructs the lost epoch of Yiddish culture on Miami Beach. As postwar prosperity revitalized the nation, the lush landscape and invigorating waters of South Florida beckoned Jews of Eastern Europe to flee cold climates and hostile environments and replant their traditions of Yiddish theater, literature and music on fertile tropical ground. With the passage of time, the face of what was once Yiddishland changed dramatically. Today, little remains of the vibrant ethnic culture that once defined this shtetl by the sea. "When we lose our history, we lose an understanding of who we are, where we came from, what the issues were that our parents, grandparents and our near ancestors experienced," says producer-director David Weintraub. "Cultural amnesia is a very dangerous thing." Where Neon Goes to Die is a virtual time machine of Miami's rich Yiddish heritage and a cautionary tale of cultural obsolescence in the disposable society of modern America.

Beaufort

TITLE: Beaufort
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Joseph Cedar / David Mendil and Dudi Zilber
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Kino
TEXT: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, January 2008. Winner of the Berlin International Film Festival 2007 for Best Director. Based on best-selling Israeli author Ron Leshem's book 'If There Is A Heaven', the setting for the film is a 12th century Crusader stronghold in southern Lebanon, just prior to Israel's withdrawal from that country in 2000. Israel's sudden withdrawal from Beaufort and Lebanon after 18 years of occupation is the backdrop for Cedar's film, which outlines the daily routine of a group of soldiers, their feelings and their fears, and explores their moral dilemmas in the days preceding the withdrawal. Cedar, himself an IDF veteran who was stationed in Lebanon, uses the stone walls of Beaufort castle into a symbol of the futility and endlessness of war. The film was shot in northern Israel in the spring of 2006. Filming was completed in June, just a month before Israel the second war in Lebanon broke out. Starring Alon Abutbul, Eli Altonio, Oshri Cohen, Itay Turgeman, Itay Tiran, Ohad Knoller. In August 2007, the IDF Chief of Staff boycotted this film because the actors playing three of the leading roles evaded mandatory military service for personal-comfort reasons (Oshri Cohen, Itay Tiran, and Itay Turgeman). The terrified Israeli soldiers in director Joseph Cedar's new film "Beaufort" cannot see their enemy. But their nerves are strained to breaking point by the shattering blasts from Hezbollah missiles that rain down on their mountain stronghold each day, in a seemingly endless cycle of senseless violence. The young soldiers are defending an outpost in the heart of enemy territory in southern Lebanon -- the site of the medieval Beaufort Crusader castle which became a powerful symbol of Israel's hold on its neighbor following its 1982 invasion. Israel's sudden withdrawal from Beaufort and Lebanon in May 2000 after 18 years of occupation is the backdrop for Cedar's haunting film, which explores the moral dilemmas of wartime soldiers while sending a broader message about the futility of war itself. "The film treats war like a natural disaster or force of nature," Cedar told reporters at the Berlin Film Festival, where the film, partly funded by the Israeli government, debuted. "There is no enemy, or you don't see it. The missiles fall like rain. It could be any war, anywhere." Israeli actor Oshri Cohen plays "Liraz", the 22-year-old outpost commander who must keep his fears in check as his soldiers slowly crack under the pressure of daily rocket attacks on their claustrophobic maze of mountain-top bunkers. He can only look on helplessly as his comrades, eagerly awaiting a green light from the government to leave the strategic hilltop fortress, are picked off one by one. It is not until the survivors have blown up the concrete complex that their friends died defending and withdrawn safely to Israeli territory that Liraz can let down the emotional guard he has erected to ward off mental collapse. The film reflects a shift in popular perceptions of Israel's military -- long a force for national unity whose exploits against Arab foes were celebrated, no matter how bloody. "We are all very much in the middle of a violent conflict that touches our daily lives," said Cedar, who was born in the United States but spent much of his mandatory Israeli army service dodging Hezbollah ambushes in the "security zone" "There's a cry here, there's a shout for help." Cedar's previous two films, "Time of Favour" (2000) and "Campfire" (2004), offered unvarnished portraits of Jewish settlers. The scared men at the top of the isolated mountain came to Beaufort with the strong conviction that they were fighting in a just and noble cause. But as one of the lead characters tells new arrivals as he looks out from the ancient fort to the desolate, rocky plains below: "When you're here long enough, the view changes. You see things differently."

Colma The Musical

TITLE: Colma The Musical
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Richard Wong / Paul Kolsanoff and Richard Wong
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: http://www.colmafilm.com/
TEXT: Ever been to Colma? It's that little town right next to San Francisco. No? Well, its claim to fame is that the dead outnumber the living 1500 to 1 (cause of its cemeteries, don't get any crazy ideas). But it's really just like any other sleepy town that rests in the shadow of a huge progressive city - New York's got New Jersey, Philly's got Cherry Hill, San Francisco's got Colma, the list goes on and on. And in these towns, there are kids, and one day, these kids must grow up - or at least start to. Best pals Rodel, Billy (the Jewish kid), and Maribel live in Colma and they love it! (not really). After graduating from high school the trio finds themselves in a state of limbo; fresh out of high school, they are just beginning to explore a new unstructured world. Like most kids, they are on the brink of self-discovery, but aren't in much of a rush. What is the rush, anyway? They are having too much fun doing nothing or crashing college parties. But when newfound revelations and romances challenge their relationships with one another and their parents, the trio must assess what to hold onto, and how to best follow their dreams. Oh, there's one more thing - they sing. Colma: The Musical boasts 13 musical numbers featuring all original music by H.P. Mendoza and is Richard Wong's feature directorial debut. It has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and San Diego Asian Film Festival. It was honored with nominations for the Gotham Award ("Best Film Not in a Theater Near You") and the Independent Spirit Award ("Someone To Watch Award"). It got one of the best film reviews from The New York Times in 2007.
CinemaATL writes: "Colma is the suburb San Francisco doesn't talk about. If it's known at all it's known for its cemeteries which give it the highest dead-to-living ratio anywhere. What better setting for a musical? .... Billy (Jake Moreno), Rodel (Mendoza) and Maribel (L.A. Renigen) are ill-prepared for life after high school. Billy, still mooning over his ex-girlfriend, takes a job as a "retail bitch" and gets cast in a community theater show where he finds a new girl, Tara (Sigrid Sutter). Rodel, who is gay, has issues with his ex that aren't spelled out but precipitate a crisis; and he's the only character with no current romantic prospects. Maribel sometimes seems like more than a friend to Billy but says she prefers one night stands. After the trio crash a college party and score fake IDs they stop having fun. Most of the movie is a humorless series of quarrels, fights, breakups and partings. "You've always been a smug little prick," Maribel tells Billy. True, and we should like him...why? .... It's curious that straight Billy acts gayer than gay Rodel, to the point that when he's cast as the "quirky Jewish sidekick" his friends tell him they thought he'd get the gay role; and in the show the quirky Jewish sidekick has to reassure the audience he's not gay....

Orthodox Stance

TITLE: Orthodox stance
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Jason Hutt
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 80 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.orthodoxstance.com/
TEXT: Dmitriy Salita is a Russian immigrant, professional boxer and a religious Jew. ORTHODOX STANCE portrays Dmitriy's maturation in each of these disparate communities, and the seemingly incompatible cultures and characters working together to support his rare and remarkable devotion to both Orthodox Judaism and the pursuit of a professional boxing title. In the end the film is about more than just boxing and religion, but about a young man's search for meaning in life.
For the last 60 years, the term "Jewish boxer" has been an oxymoron. But Dmitriy Salita, a 24 year-old Russian immigrant is making history as a top professional boxer and a rigorously observant Jew. While providing an intimate, 3-year long look at the trials and tribulations faced by an up and coming professional boxer, ORTHODOX STANCE is a portrait of seemingly incompatible cultures and characters working together to support Dmitriy's rare and remarkable devotion to both Orthodox Judaism and the pursuit of a professional boxing title.
The film travels with Dmitriy from his home in the Russian section of Brooklyn to a dilapidated Orthodox synagogue, from a Black and Hispanic amateur gym in the projects to boxing's biggest stages in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Puerto Rico. Intimate verite scenes of torah study, prayer, and keeping kosher and observing the Sabbath on the road are juxtaposed with training, weigh-ins, business negotiations and locker room and fight footage. In so doing, the film reveals a first-of-its kind insider's view of professional boxing and a first-of-a kind professional boxer.
Along the way, we meet the many colorful characters that teach and guide Dmitriy, and the tension of balancing boxing and Judaism. Rabbi Zalman Liberov teaches Dmitriy how to be a good Jew and sees him as a model of religious conviction in a secular world. Bob Arum and his company Top Rank see a talented prospect with great marketing potential. And after 10 years of educating Dmitriy about boxing and life, and a prominent career dedicated to amateurs, his 80 year-old Black trainer Jimmy O' Pharrow has his last, best chance to produce a professional champion.
The film offers behind the scenes access to Dmitriy and his crew for 3 critical years, tracing his maturation in the gym, with the press, at fights and business meetings. At the same time, it explores important aspects of Dmitriy's identity and how Jimmy's boxing gym gave him sanctuary as a young immigrant, how Dmitriy found God through boxing, became observant after his mother died, and how she asked Jimmy to look after her son for her.
As he fights in New York in front of Russian immigrants, Hasidic Jews and hard-core boxing fans, Dmitriy's celebrity grows and he is ultimately invited to the White House for President Bush's Hanukkah party. Through his uncompromising devotion to boxing and Judaism, and comfort and confidence with who he is, the film shows how Dmitriy is part of these very different worlds on his own terms, in ways that feel both true to him and new to us.
After 4 years and 22 professional fights, the film culminates with Dmitriy fighting for his first professional title at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom. As the Hasidic Reggae singer Matisyahu sings Dmitriy to the ring, through a wild crowd of boxing fans and Orthodox Jews, Dmitriy has solidified himself as a top professional boxer and a modern day Jewish sports hero. ORTHODOX STANCE tells a universal story of a young man's search for meaning in life and will enable viewers to understand and appreciate boxing and boxers like never before.

Making Trouble

TITLE: Making Trouble
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Rachel Talbot
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.makingtrouble.com/film.php
TEXT: Making Trouble, the new documentary had its world premiere June 16, 2007 at the 2007 SILVERDOCS/AFI Discovery Channel Documentary Festival in Silver Springs, MD. From the Borsht Circuit to Broadway and Beyond, New Documentary Film Pulls Back the Curtain on Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women. The new documentary is about legendary funny Jewish women who broke barriers and shook the social order. Making Trouble profiles six Jewish women who struggled and sacrificed for their fame, and who turned the old "death is easy, comedy is hard" joke completely on its head. Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein proved that comedy is easy, being a Jewish woman in comedy is hard.
Sophie Tucker left behind her one-year-old son to make it as a coon vaudeville singer dripping with her own style of brash sexuality; Fanny Brice, a zany clown-like performer who sang with a farcical Yiddish accent that had audiences roaring, got a nose job in 1923 to ward off anti-Semitic attitudes and boost her possibilities for being cast; Molly Picon, a gender-bender who played the roles of fiddle-playing carefree teenagers well into her forties, performed nine shows weekly to meet the demands of the new immigrant population that adored her; Wendy Wasserstein, whose plays featured strong women struggling for autonomy in a man's world, wrestled with her own issues of being a woman and being Jewish in front of Broadway audiences; Joan Rivers worked the comedy clubs of New York City for years, often as the only woman comedian in the club, and with a frank brashness that few women had the courage to express; Gilda Radner was Jewish and glamorous, and found the funny in the pain, openly revealing herself to viewers under the harsh lights of Saturday Night Live in her classic roles as "Roseanne Roseannadanna" and the nerdy "Lisa Loopner."
Making Trouble also brings four of today's leading Jewish women comedians-Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Cory Kahaney, and Jessica Kirson-together at New York's famed Katz's Delicatessen to gab about the pioneers who came before them, their work, and their own comedy.

Following Sean

TITLE: Following Sean
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Ralph Arlyck
COUNTRY: USA / France
LANGUAGE: English with French
TIME: 87 minutes
SOURCE: Upstate Films / Shadow Distribution
TEXT: Filmmaker Ralph Arlyck first met Sean while living as a graduate student in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood at the height of the 1960s. The city was awash with the trappings of America's cultural revolution-the San Francisco State University campus flooded with cops in riot gear, the Haight filled with drifters and idealists, and, on the third floor of Arlyck's building, a come-one-come-all crashpad apartment. It was from this top floor commune that the precocious 4-year-old Sean would occasionally wander downstairs to visit and talk-and one day Arlyck turned on his camera. Sean's casual commentary on everything from smoking pot to living with speed freaks was delivered in simple sincerity throughout the soon-to-be famous 15-minute film. This First Child of the notorious decade may have shaken the audience with his simple sentence- "Sure, I smoke pot"-but it was his barefoot impishness which would encapsulate the hope that lay in front of the nation: a promise of infinite possibility. Thirty years, three generations, and a lifetime later, Arlyck has returned to San Francisco in search of who the adult Sean might have become. And what he finds, to his surprise, tells him as much about his own east-coast migration as it does about the Californian life he left behind-that the choices we're handed and the choices we make are, very often, quite odd bedfellows.

Knocked Up

TITLE: Knocked Up
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Judd Apatow
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Universal Studios
TEXT: A group of Jewish guys go to a bar to drink and pick up women. Ben (Seth Rogen) is sitting around a bar with his friends Jason, Jay and Jonah (, played by Jason Segel, Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill), talking about how awesome the movie "Munich" was. In other movies, he notes animatedly, Jews are always getting killed, but in "Munich," Eric Bana plays a Mossad agent who kicks major ass. Ben says that if any of them get lucky that night it's because of Eric Bana. Then they start making fun of the only non-Jew in the bunch, who says "I'm glad I'm not Jewish." Ben counters, "So are we," adding later, "You weren't chosen for a reason." Listen for the reference to former Chabadnik, Matisyahu. As of rthe main part of the film... overweight, lazy and under-achieving Jewish men gets career oriented blonde woman, Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), pregnant during a one night drunken sexual encounter. Alison decides to track down Ben in order to establish a relationship. Together, after fits and starts, they prepare for the birth. Will romance bloom? (a secondary story line is that of Alison's sister and her husband, Debbie and Pete, who have marital problems of their own.
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Finishing The Game

TITLE: Finishing The Game
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Justin Lin
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: IFC Films
TEXT: Sundance. Written by Josh Diamond and Justin Lin, this is a mockumentary about how Bruce Lee's most ambitious and final film, GAME OF DEATH, was completed after he died after shooting only the first 12 minutes of the film. Undeterred, studio executives (or should I add, stereotypically JEWISH studio execs - the Kirschenbaum's, father and son) launched a search for his replacement chronicled here through the eyes of five aspiring thespians who find out what the real game is. Ronny Kirschenbaum, the studio exec's son, embarks on his directorial debut on this project, with the help of his over the top casting director. Stars Roger Fan and Sung Kang

Surfwise

TITLE: Surfwise
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Doug Pray
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Toronto International Film Festival
TEXT: Filmmaker Doug Pray tells the bizarre story of an eccentric family: 85-year-old legendary surfer Dr. Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, his wife Juliette, and their nine children - raised and home-schooled in a camper on a California beach.

Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

TITLE: Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Scott Hicks
COUNTRY: Australia
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: TIFF
TEXT:," Filmmaker Scott Hicks ("Shine") documents an eventful year in the career and personal life of distinguished composer Philip Glass as he interacts with a number of friends and collaborators, including Chuck Close, Ravi Shankar and Woody Allen.

A Jihad for Love

TITLE: A Jihad for Love
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Parvez Sharma/ Parzez Sharma, Sandi Dubowski
COUNTRY: USA/UK/France/Germany/Australia
LANGUAGE: English and English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: TIFF
TEXT: The first feature-length documentary to investigate the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality, Sharma's feature directorial debut brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims with empowering stories from twelve countries.

My Enemy's Enemy

TITLE: My Enemy's Enemy
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Kevin Macdonald
COUNTRY: France/UK
LANGUAGE: English and French with English ST
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: TIFF
TEXT: From the director of "The Last King of Scotland" comes a documentary about the post-war activities of one-time Gestapo commander Klaus Barbie, infamously known as the "Butcher of Lyon."

Operation Filmmaker

TITLE: Operation Filmmaker
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Nina Davenport
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: TIFF
TEXT: Documentary When the dreams of a young Iraqi film student are crushed following the bombing of Baghdad's film school, actor Liev Schreiber invites him to intern on the production of "Everything is Illuminated." But in a comedic turn of events, Schreiber's good intentions quickly backfire as the eager student proves to have intentions of his own.

2 Days in Paris

TITLE: Two Days in Paris
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Julie Delpy
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Samuel Goldwyn
TEXT: Paired with another scruffy American in Paris, Julie Delpy actively engages viewer recollections of "Before Sunset" in her DIY feature-length directorial debut. Playing like a rough-around-the edges reinterpretation of Richard Linklater's transcendent "Before Sunrise" sequel, "2 Days in Paris" echoes "Sunset" in so many ways. Much of the film's meaning seems generated by comparisons. His name this time is Jack (Adam Goldberg) rather than Jesse but, as Marion quibbles with her beau along the Seine--full of resting riverboats--we can't help but think back to Celine and Jesse's tremulous ride. 2 Jours - 2 Days follows two days in the relationship of a New York based couple; a French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack-as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance by taking a vacation in Europe. Their trip to Venice didn't really work out,--they both came down with gastroenteritis. They have higher hopes for Paris. But the combination of Marion's overbearing non-English speaking parents', flirtatious ex-boyfriends', and Jack's obsession with photographing every famous Parisian tombstone and conviction that French condoms are too small, only adds fuel to the fire.
"I'm a woman, and I made a film about a man's fear of emasculation." Julie Delpy, whose smart new comedy 2 Days in Paris has many critics recalling the salad days of Woody Allen, chuckles as she describes the subtext of a scene late in the film where German heartthrob Daniel Bruhl intimidates a bearded, wisecracking, Jewish American tourist played by Adam Goldberg. Goldberg, a very straight but somewhat demoralized interior designer, is trying to absorb his growing realization that his French girlfriend (Delpy) may have a wildly checkered past as he chomps down on a double burger at a Parisian fast-food joint. Suddenly, Bruhl sits down at Goldberg's table and announces that he is a fairy, then ever-so-gently places his right hand over the American's sweaty left palm. The expression on Goldberg's face is a cross between outright homo panic and that twitchy anxiety Woody could channel before announcing, "I don't like to show my body to a man of my gender." Delpy turns up the heat when she has Bruhl alert Goldberg to the fact that a bomb he's planted is about to go off in the restaurant's rest room.

Primo Levy' Journey

TITLE: Primo Levy' Journey / La Strada di Levi
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Davide Ferrario
COUNTRY: Italy
LANGUAGE: Italian with English ST
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: CinemaGuild.com
TEXT: The Village Voice: "In what might be the weirdest entrant ever into the road-trip movie genre, director Davide Ferrario and his crew have hit the (dirt) road to meticulously retrace Primo Levi's long trip home from Auschwitz. On his way back to Turin after World War II, the Italian writer-chemist passed through Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria, a 10-month odyssey that he described in his 1969 memoir, The Truce. Despite this seemingly linear set-up, Ferrario emphatically eschews conventional narrative in favor of abstract collage: He combines lingering shots of modern Eastern Europe with flashes of Soviet propaganda and improbable narration by the character actor Chris Cooper, whose Southern twang stands out against the Belorussian landscape like a biscuit on a plate of blinis. The result is as drugged-out as anything the Merry Pranksters ever thought up. But while the filmmakers are gleefully unearthing proof that life in post-Soviet Moldova sucks, Levi himself falls by the wayside: Primo Levi's Journey is almost willfully opaque about the actual circumstances of Primo Levi's journey. Who exactly was this man we're meant to be paying homage to, and why did it take him so long to get home?"

The Heartbreak Kid

TITLE: The Heartbreak Kid
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Farrelly Brothers, Peter and Bobby
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Dreamworks HeartbreakKidMovie.com
TEXT: A remake of Neil Simon's film, starring Ben Stiller

The Trainee

TITLE: The Trainee
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Craig Rosenthal
COUNTRY: Singapore
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 15 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: a short comedy about a convenience store thief who is hapless and end up having to run the store in order to fill the cash drawer

We Own The Night

TITLE: We Own The Night
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: James Gray
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 117 minutes
SOURCE: Columbia Pictures
TEXT: New York, November 1988: A new breed of narcotics has swept the great city, bringing with it a ferocious crime wave more terrifying than any in recent memory. Outmanned and outgunned by the new criminal order, the police find themselves burying one of their own at the rate of two a month. An all-out war rages, threatening to engulf guilty and innocent alike. Bobby Green (Joaquin Phoenix) is caught in the crossfire. Manager of a Russian nightclub in Brighton Beach owned by his mentor Marat Buzhayev (Moni Moshonov) and frequented by gangsters like Buzhayev's nephew Vadim Nezhinski (Alex Veadov), Bobby keeps his distance, not wanting to get involved. Despite his hedonistic, amoral lifestyle, he is committed to his girlfriend Amada (Eva Mendes) and has ambitions to open another club in Manhattan for Buzhayev. Bobby has a secret, however, which he guards closely. His brother is Police Captain Joseph Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg), who has followed in the footsteps of their father, legendary Deputy Chief Bert Grusinsky (Robert Duvall). Bobby's already strained relationship with his father and brother is tested when Burt warns his son that this is a war, and he's going to have to choose a side. He can no longer remain neutral when his brother is badly wounded in an assassination attempt, and Bobby discovers his father could be next. Realizing they will only be safe when Nezhinski and his organization are destroyed, Bobby and Joseph join forces for an all-out assault. Together, they'll try to prove

The Conterfeiters

TITLE: The Conterfeiters
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Stefan Ruzowitsky
COUNTRY: Austria/Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 98 minutes
SOURCE: Sony Pictures Classics http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/main.html
TEXT: Offical Selection of the 2007 Middle East Film Festival in Abu Dhabi. Adapted from Adolf Burger's book of the same name. It is Berlin, 1936 and Salomon Sorowitsch is a forger of documents. He is arrested, imprisoned and soon sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz. He begins to draw portraits of the guards to get special favors and protection. Soon, he is put togther with other artosts and forgers and forced to forge money at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp devoted to forgery. His fellow prisoners have a range of backgrounds from Jewish bank managers to political agitators, and while some are content to work for the Nazis to avoid the extermination camps, others see their efforts as supporting the German war effort. At first, self-preservation appears to guide Sorowitsch, but his motives for forging for the Nazis are complicated by his growing concern for his fellow prisoners, his awareness of their role in the wider war against the Nazis, and his professional pride in counterfeiting the United States dollar. Sorowitsch juggles the demands for progress of the Nazi authorities, his co-counterfeiters' determination to sabotage the operation, and his loyalties to his fellow prisoners.

Jellyfish

TITLE: Jellyfish
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen
COUNTRY: Israel/France
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 78 minutes
SOURCE: LAMA FILMS , Les Films du Poisson 17 BAR ILAN Tel Aviv ISRAEL 65271 972 3 6850 430 , 33 1 42 0254 972 3 6869 793 lama@barak.net.il , contact@filmsdupoisson.com Sales Agent is in France. They are Pyramide Productions 5, rue du Chevaller de Saint-George 75008 Paris FRANCE 33 01 4296 0220 33 01 4020 0551 vmerli@pyramidefilms.com
TEXT: Jellyfish is a serio-comic ensemble wherein multiple lives intersect and occasionally touch. Laced with a whimsy to complement the angst, the characters live their lives against the backdrop of an allegorical sea. Among them are caterer Batya, forced to look inward when a little girl emerges from the sea and promptly attaches herself to Batya; Keren and Michael, whose honeymoon plans dashed when the bride breaks her leg, inadvertently leading them to find new meaning in their lives; Joy, a Filipina domestic intensely aware of her ironic position as a caregiver to other people's families; and Malka, a client vicariously connecting to her own daughter through Joy. As Geffen and Keret summarize, "Each of the main strands works as a different facet of a similar state of being - a different aspect of a single overriding mood of existential loneliness, steeped in the unrequited need for affection and communication." Shown at Pusan Film Festival, 2007 Korea. The writers add: We are two Israeli artists who have lived most of our lives in Tel-Aviv. Consequently, Making the sea the main protagonist of our debut feature seemed a logical step. The reality of Israel is so dense, so charged with violence, with suspicion and ideological intolerance, that the sea has become for many Israelis, a place of refuge, a place of shelter and comfort. This is because the sea is free, the only territory within the land of Israel where people can just be as they are and not be constrained by things such as a passport and social status. The film is structured around several stories. The sea provides a common denominator, a collective subconscious, a space in which each of the characters can come face to face with himself or herself. Each of the main strands works as a different facet of a similar state of being - a different aspect of a single overriding mood of existential loneliness, steeped in the unrequited need for affection and communication. These people need a medium through which to express and convey their feelings. Malika hugs Joy, the foreign- born domestic, in order to reach her own daughter, Galia. Michael discovers the desires and needs of his new bride through a suicide note left by a stranger he briefly encountered in a hotel. Batya is able to confront her own history through the intermediary of a lost child, a girl encountered on the beach. The setting is Tel-Aviv but this is not the ordinary Tel-Aviv we know. Great care has been taken in framing the city in order to shift usual perceptions of place such as they are conveyed in most Israeli films. Like a ship in a bottle, this over familiar city has been displaced, moved into a different context in order to generate new emotional parameters. The characters are under the illusion that they can design their own destinies. But the reality is that they wander like jellyfish, without being able to exercise any form of control over their lives, shunted here and there by mysterious, submarine currents that hail from a distant post -traumatic or all too stereotypical events they may have experienced long ago. In the end, some will overcome the forces that determine their lives. They will make their way down to the water's edge. And for just one short moment they will manage to stand upright in a place that is bright and true...and full of hope

The Secrets

TITLE: The Secrets - Ha Sodot
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Avi Nesher
COUNTRY: Israel/France
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 120 minutes
SOURCE: Little Film Company
TEXT: Shown at Toronto Intnl Film Festival, 2007. In The Secrets, two brilliant young women discover their own voices in a repressive orthodox culture where females are forbidden to sing, let alone speak out. Naomi, the studious, devoutly religious daughter of a prominent rabbi, convinces her father to postpone her marriage for a year so that she might study at a Jewish seminary for women in the ancient Kabalistic seat of Safed. Naomi's quest for individuality takes a defiant turn when she befriends Michelle, a free-spirited and equally headstrong fellow student. When the pair encounters a mysterious, ailing foreigner with a disturbing past named Anouk (the iconic French actress Fanny Ardant) they begin a risky journey into forbidden realms. In the hopes of easing her suffering, Naomi and Michelle secretly lead Anouk through a series of Kabalistic cleansing rituals. The process opens up overwhelming new horizons for the girls who find themselves caught between the rigid male establishment they grew up in, and the desire to be true to themselves, no matter the cost. Some lesbian gay sub themes.

AmericanEast

TITLE: AmericanEast
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Heshem Issawi / Anant Singh, Brian Cox, Ahmad Zahra
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English, Arabic with English subtitles
TIME: 110 minutes in 35mm
SOURCE:
TEXT: Part of the Conflict & Resolution Competition at the Hamptons International Film festival, October 2007. Starring Sayed Badreya, Kais Nashif, Sarah Shahi, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Azizi. AMERICAN EAST is about Arab-Americans living in post-9/11 Los Angeles amidst heightened terror alerts, racial stereotyping and mounting governmental red tape. Mustafa (Sayed Badreya) is a widowed Egyptian immigrant and the owner of a run-down cafe, who dreams of opening an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant with his best friend Sam (Tony Shalhoub), who's Jewish. While Mustafa and Sam's friendship is solid, their business venture is hampered because of the hatred and suspicion present in their community. Sadly, Mustafa and Sam's relationship isn't the only casualty of the times; an interracial romance, the aspirations of a talented nurse and the dreams of the next generation all fall victim in this poignant drama. Highlighting important themes for all Americans, AMERICAN EAST exposes the fear and misunderstanding of Arabic and Islamic culture that is on the rise and endangering the freedom loving ideals of our nation.

Behind Forgotten Eyes

TITLE: Behind Forgotten Eyes
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Anthony Gilmore / Alex Ferrari, Anthony Gilmore
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 76 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Conflict & Resolution Competition Hamptons International Film Festival. Cast: Yun-Jin Kim. During World War II over 200,000 Korean women were forced to work as sex slaves by the Japanese Army. Decades later, these women are fighting to tell their story. They are a group of elderly women who share deep wounds reaching back to their childhoods and they have only just begun to seek healing. In shockingly intimate interviews they describe both their horrific treatment as enslaved sex workers and the cruelly inadequate efforts of society to aid in their recovery. The key ingredient to their healing is an official acknowledgement of the crimes committed against them by the Japanese Imperial Army. Their journey to obtain an official apology takes them to both United States courts and weekly civil protests. Meanwhile, filmmaker Anthony Gilmore goes on to record Japanese veterans willing to admit their unspeakable war crimes. In "Behind Forgotten Eyes" we witness the immense human need for recognition of injustice and the outstanding use of the film medium to that end.

House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

TITLE: House of Life: The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Allan Miller/ Allan Miller and Mark Podwal, MD
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: In English, Czech with English subtitles
TIME: 57 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Cast: Claire Bloom. This solemn yet joyous documentary tells the story of The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, the site of layer upon layer of buried members of the once-vibrant Jewish community of the Ghetto. Two thirds of a million people from all over the world now visit the cemetery each year, and "House of Life" chronicles its history, which is rich in lore, mysticism, tradition and philosophy. Tales of great rabbis and philanthropists and the story of the giant golem, created from clay to protect the Jewish people, are narrated by Claire Bloom. The 12,000 stones on the surface of The Old Jewish Cemetery may be covering as many as 100,000 members of Prague's historic Jewish community. Under the German occupation in World War II, the cemetery was the only place where Jewish children were allowed to play. Later, under the communists, lovers met there for trysts. Today the neighborhood that was formerly the Ghetto is quite fashionable. The cemetery serves, as does the film, as a reminder of the indomitable spirit of a people compelled to honor their past and preserve the lessons of history Hamptons Intnl Film Festival, October 2007

My Sexiest Year

TITLE: My Sexiest Year
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Howard Himelstein / Paul Parmar, Michael Cerenzie
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 93 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Cast: Harvey Keitel, Frankie Muniz, Amber Valletta, Karolina Kurkova, Haylie Duf. Jack Stein (Frankie Muniz) is a 17 year-old who lives with his sick mother and grandfather in Brooklyn. He wants nothing more than to be a writer, but when his mother's health takes a turn for the worst, Jack is sent to Miami to live with his father, "Zowie" (Harvey Keitel), a small-time "handicapper" who gives horse racing tips for a living. Not much of a parent, Zowie has shirked his fatherly responsibilities for most of his son's life. Nonetheless, Jack is excited about the prospects of bonding with his dad in sunny Miami. Jack quickly befriends Mark, a local rich kid, whose excess drug use helps him get through the pressures of teenage life in Southern Florida, where the in crowd only cares about how much money your parents make, who's coming to your pool party, and of course, whether or not you're getting laid. As Jack tries to navigate the waters of his new home-- while trying to connect with his eccentric father--he meets Marina, a famous model who is in town for a photo shoot. The two quickly bond. Jack reminds Marina of her younger brother, who died in a motorcycle accident, and Jack just can't get over the fact that such a beautiful woman is interested in him. But just when things seem to be going right, all goes terribly wrong. Jack must figure out how to become a man, if he is ever going to finish writing his memoir.

O JERUSALEM

TITLE: O JERUSALEM (also may be mktd as BEYOND FRIENDSHIP)
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Elie Chouraqui
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 104 minutes
SOURCE: Samuel Goldwyn Films or http://www.ojerusalem-lefilm.com/
TEXT: This iwill be compared to the epic 3 hour-28 minute EXODUS film. This is adapted from the book by Lapierre and Collins. An epic drama re-creating the historic struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. At the center of these events are two young, American friends--one Jewish, the other Arab. The film is told from the alternating viewpoints of the Jews, Arabs and Brits, all of whom collide in their fight for the control of Jerusalem, while bringing to the forefront themes of courage, terrorism, deprivation, politics and a strong sense of morality. Their involvement takes them from the streets of New York to The Holy Land, where they risk their lives--making incredible sacrifices along the way--to fight for what they believe in, as the city of their dreams teeters on the brink of destruction. Filmed in Greece.

Please Vote For Me

TITLE: Please Vote For Me
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Weijun Chen / Don Edkins
COUNTRY: China
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 55 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: PLEASE VOTE FOR ME is a classic election drama, although the 60 year-old candidates have been replaced with 7-year-old versions. The three candidates, two boys and a girl, are chosen by the teachers, but they conduct real campaigns and are chosen in a free election. Ironically their responsibility, once elected, is to become the student charged with maintaining order and reporting rule violations to the teachers. Director Weijun Chen travels home with the candidates, each a product of the one-child policy, where over-eager parents coach and cajole. The parents even participate in a little preelection gift-giving in an effort to manipulate the race so their child will win! Systems of government may differ broadly, but human nature...not so much. Weijun is one of my favorite documentary film makers.

Tis the Season

TITLE: Tis the Season
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Bob Giovanelli / Sarah E. Baker, Daniel Farag
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 5 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Cast: Jadyn Gaertner, Ann Gaertner, Bern Cohen. New York City is a wondrous place for a child at Christmastime. But when Mom can't slow down enough to enjoy it, a kid may have to take things into her own hands. A charming story about the surprises to be found in the City's diversity.

To Die in Jerusalem

TITLE: To Die in Jerusalem
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Hilla Medalia / Hilla Medalia, John Priddy, Ed Priddy
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
TIME: 76 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Conflict & Resolution Competition. In this powerful documentary we follow the stories of two teenage girls and their families. What unites them is death: one girl was a Palestinian suicide bomber, the other, her Israeli victim. In her healing process, Abigail Levy, the Israeli girl's mother, is driven to meet Um Samir al-Akhras, the mother of the suicide bomber. While it takes many years to arrange this encounter, Hilla Medalia carefully documents each family's struggle. In particular, the story of the al-Akhras family seems crucial to understanding the Israeli Palestinian conflict. The family's love and pride in their daughter will not allow them to question the morality of her final act. It is exactly this questioning that Abigail Levy is hoping to address. One hopes that differences could be set aside in the shared grief of these parents but "To Die in Jerusalem" shows us just how hard that can be. The film foreshadows an endless conflict where no one learns from mistakes and peace is overcome by suffering, yet it also emphasizes the deep human need for closure and resolution.

The Rape of Europa

TITLE: The Rape of Europa
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, and Nicole Newnham
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English / Russian / Polish / German / French and English ST
TIME: 117 minutes
SOURCE: www.rapeofeuropa.com
TEXT: The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe's art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But young art professionals as well as ordinary heroes, from truck drivers to department store clerks, fought back with an extraordinary effort to safeguard, rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures. The Rape of Europa begins and ends with the story of artist Gustav Klimt's famed Gold Portrait, stolen from Viennese Jews in 1938 and now the most expensive painting ever sold. Today, more than sixty years later, the legacy of this tragic history continues to play out as families of looted collectors recover major works of art, conservators repair battle damage, and nations fight over the fate of ill-gotten spoils of war. Joan Allen narrates this breathtaking chronicle about the battle over the very survival of centuries of western culture.

I'm Not There

TITLE: I'm Not There
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Todd Haynes
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT:. NY Film Fest. Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work. There is no mention of his Jewishness. For it is one of the most private, most guarded aspects of his life. Cast: Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Kris Kristofferson and more.

Margot at The Wedding

TITLE: Margot at The Wedding
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Noah Baumbach
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Paramount Vantage
TEXT: Selection of the NY Film Festival, October 2007. Noah Baumbach's follow-up to his Academy Award(r) nominated "The Squid and the Whale," is a daringly funny and bracingly honest exploration of the tender, absurd and sometimes excruciating relationship between siblings and the fallout for those in their wake: children, husbands, lovers. NOT SPECIFICALLY JEWISH... Margot Zeller (Academy Award(r) winner NICOLE KIDMAN), a savagely bright, razor-tongued short-story writer who creates chaos wherever she goes, sets off on a surprise journey to the wedding of her estranged and free-spirited, unassuming sister Pauline (JENNIFER JASON LEIGH). Margot, with her all-too-rapidly maturing son Claude (ZANE PAIS) in tow, arrives with the gale force of a hurricane. From the minute she meets Pauline's fiancť - the unemployed artist Malcolm (JACK BLACK) - Margot starts to plant seeds of doubt about the union. Recriminations pile up on more recriminations. As the wedding approaches, one complication crashes into the next: vengeful neighbors, a beloved tree in the backyard and Margot's own marital turmoil. The two sisters, find themselves at the precipice of an unexpected transformation ultimately revealing that even when your family is about to implode . . . the one thing you can cling to for solace and comfort is your imploding family. Baumbach in his wry, unique vision lays bare an aspect of human comedy in all its confounding sustaining essence.

Diameter of the bomb

TITLE: Diameter of the bomb
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Andrew Quigley, Steven Silver
COUNTRY: Israel UK Canada
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 86 minutes
SOURCE: thinkfilmcompany.com
TEXT: Toronto Film Festival. How wide a hole does a bus bomb make. What is the diameter of the damage. Since the renewed Intifada began in 2000, there have been over 75 Palestinian suicide bombings. This is the story of 0ne-the bombing of bus 32 in Jerusalem in June 2002. The film connects the stories of a group of ordinary Israelis-Jews and Arabs. Each of them holds a clue to someone who died that day. Part thriller and part mystery, Diameter of the Bomb follows Israeli police, secret service, and military as they unsuccessfully try to prevent and then mercilessly track down the terrorist cell behind a 2002 suicide bombing. Diameter features forensic footage released for the first time by the Israeli army, Hamas military video and the bomber's home movies, as well as stunning footage shot across Israel and the Palestinian territories. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers took their cameras inside Israeli prisons, commando units, Palestinian refugee camps and hospital trauma wards, capturing countless everyday situations on both sides of the border to follow the figurative diameter of the bomb and its trajectory of human suffering.

On Hold

TITLE: On Hold
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Rokaya Sabbah / Nizar Younes
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic w/ English subtitles
TIME: 52 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: On Hold is a physical and emotional journey of a young, Arab couple arriving at the decision that Israel is the wrong place for them, but still deliberating upon questions of conscience. A collage of mixed feelings and torn thoughts that oscillate between the individual's desire for freedom, for a better life, and the goal of common good and one's inexplicable love of one's homeland that is not home. Jerusalem International Film Festival

RINGO & TAHER

TITLE: RINGO & TAHER
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Jony Arbid / Rafael Katz
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic w/ English subtitles
TIME: 50 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: Cast: Salim Daw, Yousef (Joe) Sweid, Ali Suliman, Rauda Soliman Taher, a little boy from Jaffa has a small dream, which is to own a dog. One day, that dream comes true in the form of a little puppy he finds in the street and names Ringo. But in Taher's world, raising a dog is unacceptable, and so he decides to raise the puppy on his own, out of his strict father's reach... Awards: Jerusalem International Film Festival, Fipa Audio Visual Film Festival

ATASH (THIRST)

TITLE: ATASH (THIRST)
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Tawfik Abu Wael / Avi Kleinberger
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic w/ English subtitles
TIME: 110 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: Cast: Hussein Yassin Mahajne, Amal Bweerat , Roba Blal, Jamila Abu Hussein, Ahamed Abed Elrani Abu Shukri and his family fled a scandal involving his older daughter, Gamila, and settled in a dusty, arid valley in the middle of nowhere, far away from their hometown. Only the father and the son are in contact with the outside world. The father decides to build a pipeline to bring fresh water to their rustic home. The women are suspicious and the son doesn't care but the running water awakens their instinct of freedom and marks the beginning of the family's explosive tragic downfall. Awards: Cannes Film Festival-FIPRESCI Prize, Best Film and Best Director Nominee-Israeli Film Academy Awards

Maktub

TITLE: Maktub
YEAR: 2004
DIR/PROD: Avi Mussel/ Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English subtitles
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: Cast: Joseph (Joe) Sweid, Ayelet Zorer, Dani Shteg. Ataf, a Druze Israeli police officer is assigned to investigate a murder case. During the investigation he experiences strange flashes, which danger his life and his relationship with his Jewish Israeli girl friend Michal; the police officer in charge of youth cases in his unit. These flashes lead him to meaningful understandings concerning one of the fundamental beliefs of the Druze society - reincarnation, drawing him closer to his people, who will not tolerate the idea of him marrying anyone but a Druze, but also reinforcing his great love to Michal. Awards: Manheim Heidelberg Film Festival

SINCE YOU LEFT

TITLE: SINCE YOU LEFT
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Mohammad Bakri / Avi Kleinberger
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic with English ST
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: Documentary. In this autobiographical essay, Arab Israeli actor Bakri returns to the grave of his former mentor, the writer and communist Emile Habibi, and attempts - using archive footage, personal films, and documentary materials - to account for the personal and political transformations that have occurred in Israel as well as within his own thinking since the author's death.

First Lesson In Peace

TITLE: First Lesson In Peace
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Yoram Honig
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic w/ English subtitles
TIME: 56 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: First lessons in peace explores the Jewish -Arab relations through the eyes of a six year old girl, the director's daughter when she starts school at the mixed Arab- Jewish school of Neveh Shalom - The Oasis of Peace. The film, in the form of a letter from a father to his daughter, follows the clashes and encounters that the child goes through during her first year in school and her first year in the reality of the Middle East. Awards: Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival-Best Film, DocAviv International Film Festival-Special Mention. Documentary

Arab Labor

TITLE: Arab Labor
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Roni Ninio / Daniel Paran
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic w/ English subtitles
TIME: 44 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: In this new satire TV series written by Sayed Kashua, Amjad is a thirty year-old Arab Israeli journalist, married to Bushara, a social worker and father to Maya. In his attempt to make it to the top, he is going through a process of "Israelization", often mocked by his family and not accepted by the majority he is trying to belong to.

Empathy

TITLE: Empathy
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Adi Refaeli
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian w/ English subtitles
TIME: 39 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: A middle aged woman who decides to leave her husband and mentally-challenged child; a Russian immigrant who has to committee a crime in order to escape his alcoholic father; and a young Israeli woman who hurts an Arab girl in a car accident and has to face it consequences, compose an intricate mosaic which portrays the fine line between being a victim or a victimizer, while depicting the multi-cultural and fragile Israeli society. Awards Jerusalem International Film Festival, Syracuse International Film Festival Cast: Orna Katz, Daniel Brook, Tsvika Shwartzberg, Salwa Nakara, Machmud Subuch, Adva Buleh

Roads

TITLE: Roads
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Lior Geller
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
TIME: 22 minutes
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org BR> TEXT: 13-year-old Ismayil searches for a new life for him and his brother outside the Arab drug slums of Lod. Daniel, a traumatized Israeli ex-soldier, buys drugs from Ismayil escaping his own reality. Here, deep in the sewers of Israeli society, they just might find in each other their way out. AwardsBest short-Jerusalem International Film Festival Cast: Waseem Nur Habshi, Daniel Chernish, Mahmud Mura, Haled Mayer Marwat

The Film Class

TITLE: The Film Class
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Uri Rosenwaks / Uri Rosenwaks and Majid Alkamalat
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic, Hebrew, English w/ English subtitles
TIME: 53 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Some two years ago, Filmmaker Uri Rosenwaks, came to Rahat, a Bedouin town in Israel's Negev Dessert, to teach a group of Black Bedouin women a class in filmmaking. After about 18 months of working and making short films together, did he work up the nerve to suggest that they will make a film telling the history of the Black Bedouins. Suddenly, a small and modest course in filmmaking became a place in which a great taboo comes into the open. Awards: Best One Hour Documentary Award - The Israeli Annual Documentary Awards 2007, A special Mention by the JURY at the Zanzibar International FF.

No longer Achmed

TITLE: No longer Achmed
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: v
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic w / English subtitles
TIME: 54 minutes
SOURCE: RuthFilms.com
TEXT: Achmed Hamdoon, a young Arab Bedouin of the Hamdoon tribe, was raised in the family tin hut, a few meters away from the locked gate of Kibbutz "Lotem" in West Galilee, Northern Israel. Having longed for the kibbutz life most of his youth, he finally pulls out and moves to "Lotem", changing his name to the typically Israeli name Meidan Sade. The clan is outraged and sees him as a "traitor". The film follows young Bedouin's identity crisis, being torn between their longing to be part of the modern Jewish society, and their loyalty to their historical Arab traditions.

Home Game

TITLE: Home Game
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Avi Abelow
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME:
SOURCE: http://www.12tribefilms.org/project.php?id=1
TEXT: "Home Game" is a captivating new film that encapsulates the surreal story of normal teenagers trying to continue an annual basketball tournament during a very abnormal summer in Israel -- the summer of 2005 during the disengagement from Gaza. This powerful film emphasizes the journey of these teenagers and their determination to win against all odds, both on and off the court. "Home Game" tells part of the untold human story to a piece of Jewish history that was overshadowed by politics. Home Game screening programs are used to raise funds to rebuild the community of Netzer Hazani documented in the film.


The Memory Thief

TITLE: The Memory Thief
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Gil Kofman / Amy Ziering
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: http://www.memorythiefmovie.com/
TEXT: When a lonely tollbooth operator learns about the Holocaust, he becomes so obsessed with it that he begins to think of himself as a survivor. Gil Kofman's first feature film follows Lukas as these new found "memories" of the war push the bounds of his sanity and lead him down the path of self-destruction. Lukas spends his days in a tollbooth. Taking money from passing cars, he often wonders who these people are, what they think about and where they are going. When a driver (a holocaust survivor) noticed that Lukas is reading Mein Kampf, he makes it a priority to give Lukas a video of himself recounting his horrific experiences at Auschwitz. When the man who gave him the tape died, Lukas goes to his funeral where he meets Mira and her father who's also a survivor. Since Lukas' only activity besides work is visiting his comatose mother in the hospital, he spends most of his time learning more about the holocaust. Lukas even goes as far as getting a job transcribing survivor interviews for the Holocaust foundation. Watching the tapes over and over Lukas quickly becomes obsessed and runs out to buy a kippah (small cap), a tallit (prayer shawl) and two siddurs (prayer books) even though he's not even Jewish. He also plays the lotto using survivors' serial numbers and begins wearing a gold star of david. His new obsession even causes problems at work where he only accepts American cars in his lane (all German cars have to go to another lane) and he expects a Jewish driver to stop yelling at him because of his mezuzah (door ornament) on the door of his tollbooth. We soon learn that because Lukas can't remember much of his childhood, he "uses" the memories of others as his own. But these memories are much more than he can handle, sending him into a downward spiral that can only result in a deadly conclusion.
Kofman puts together a great cast including Mark Webber who plays Lukas' slipping sanity extremely well, Rachel Miner who plays the lovely and confused Mira and Jerry Adler who plays Mira's father, a man haunted by the memories of his past. Kofman also brought in Curtiss Clayton (who edited numerous films including Buffalo '66 and recently The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) to tighten up the edit and work with tension and the pacing of each scene. The performances, the editing and some raw camera work all come together to create a dark psychological thriller (in a similar vein as Pi) that takes the audience for disturbingly provocative ride.

THE MEMORY THIEF tells the story of Lukas - an aimless, haunted young man in contemporary L.A. who buries thoughts of his own past in the humdrum routine of a tollbooth clerk. A chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor suddenly brings into focus a world and an identity he embraces with frightening intensity - the victimized Jews of World War II. As he begins to enthusiastically act out his newfound obsession, Lukas discovers that survivor's guilt isn't just for the Jews anymore.
THE MEMORY THIEF is a mesmerizing, audacious psychological thriller in the tradition of TAXI DRIVER. The film stars Mark Webber (The Hottest State, Broken Flowers, Storytelling), Rachel Miner (Black Dahlia, Bully, Alice) and Jerry Adler (In Her Shoes, The Sopranos, Manhattan Murder Mystery). Written and directed by Gil Kofman
Produced by Amy Ziering (Derrida) Edited by Curtiss Clayton (Drugstore Cowboy, To Die For, Buffalo 66) Casting by Christine Sheaks (Boogie Nights)

Shadya

TITLE: Shadya
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Roy Jacob Westler / Udi Kalinsky, Danny Hakim
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic, Hebrew w/ English subtitles
TIME: 52 minutes
SOURCE: shadya.NET
TEXT: Documentary. 17-year-old Shadya Zoabi is a world champion in karate. But despite her father's support, her brothers and other members of their small Arab village in northern Israel feel that karate is not an appropriate pursuit for a young Muslim woman. SHADYA tells the story of a girl who strives to succeed on her own terms-while remaining committed to her life in her community. IDFA, Human Rights Watch NY

Empathy

TITLE: Empathy
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Adi Refaeli
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian w/ English subtitles
TIME: 39 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: A middle aged woman who decides to leave her husband and mentally-challenged child; a Russian immigrant who has to committee a crime in order to escape his alcoholic father; and a young Israeli woman who hurts an Arab girl in a car accident and has to face it consequences, compose an intricate mosaic which portrays the fine line between being a victim or a victimizer, while depicting the multi-cultural and fragile Israeli society. Jerusalem International Film Festival, Syracuse International Film Festival Cast: Orna Katz, Daniel Brook, Tsvika Shwartzberg, Salwa Nakara, Machmud Subuch, Adva Buleh

Crossing Borders

TITLE: Crossings Borders
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Bilal Yusef / Hagar Kot
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic w/ English subtitles
TIME: 53 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: A sensitive look at two women who are at a personal and ideological crossroads in a world of chauvinist oppression. Crossing Borders accompanies the two women over a period of personal and socio-political conflict, culminating in an unexpected transformation at the end of the process.
Special Presentation-Winner of OTHER ISRAEL AWARD at The Jerusalem International Film Festival. Documentaru

The Forgotten People

TITLE: The Forgotten People
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Stan Moore / Yochanan Ben Yehuda, Laurie Cardoza-Moore
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 7 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Have we so soon forgotten the six million people crying from the graves of the Holocaust? We must not let history repeat itself as the veil of darkness rises once again. We must not remain silent, we must all make a stand for Zion's sake and say, "Never again!" Writers: Marcellino, T. Pearce Cast: Ted Pearce Hollywood Film Festival: October 2007

Tis The Season

TITLE: 'Tis The Season
YEAR: 2006
DIR/PROD: Bob Giovanelli / Sarah E. Baker, Daniel Farag
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 6 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: New York City is a wondrous place for a child at Christmastime. But when Mom can't slow down enough to enjoy it, a kid may have to take things into her own hands. A charming story about the surprises to be found in the city's diversity. Cast: Jadyn Gaertner, Ann Gaertner, Bern Cohen

Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project

TITLE: Mr. Warmth, The Don Rickles Project
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: John Landis
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 89 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: The 45th New York Film Festival. John Landis' lively, star-filled, fittingly uproarious documentary is a terrific portrait of a bygone era (some keywords: schtick, Miami, Shecky) and most of all of a man named Rickles, a giant who continues to stride among us mortal lowlifes at the age of 81, his timing deadlier than ever. Rickles...the mere mention of his name strikes mirth-filled terror in the hearts of fellow comics and actors, not to mention overweight men with bad toupťes. When the festival committee saw this movie, they heard us laughing all the way in Jersey. We know you'll like it too...you hockey puck.

Arab Work - Avoda Aravit

TITLE: Arab Work - Avoda Aravit
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Sayed Kashua
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Follows the comic exploits of an Israeli Arab journalistt as he deals with a demanding boss and even more taxing family. Developed by Sayed Kashua and Danny Paran, it is a tv show that plays in Israel on Channel 2. It took four years of marketing before a tv station would carry this show. Kashua, the Arab Woody Allen, has been criticized by his fellow Isralei Arab journalists for making a comedy and not conforming to Palestinian policies on the Arab-Israeli conflict. Even Mohammed Bakri has written against this show.

Restless

TITLE: Restless
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Amos Kollek / Talia Kleinhendler
COUNTRY: Israel - Germany - Canada - France- Belgium
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Competition at Berlinale International Film Festival, February 2008. A tale of a father and son who are reunited after 20 years. The son has just been discharged from the Israeli Army. The father has just returned to Israel after abandoning his family to pursue a career in poetry in New York City. The poems sometimes champion Israel and at times attack it

Lemon Tree

TITLE: Lemon Tree
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Eran RIklis
COUNTRY: Israel - Germany - France
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Panorama at Berlinale International Film Festival, February 2008. Stars Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass. A Palestinian woman learns that the Israeli defense minister has just moved in across from the lemon grove in her garden. The grove is deemed a security threat and he orders it chopped down. The woman challenges the order in the Israeli court system and the case goes to the highest levels. It is a film about two people across a border, real and virtual. Is it a political story? Perhaps. Or maybe it is just about a man and a woman, or two people, in contention.

Brides of Allah

TITLE: Brides of Allah
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Natalie Assouline
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Forum at Berlinale International Film Festival, February 2008.

Sharon

TITLE: Sharon
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Dror Moreh / Talia Kleinhendler
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Berlinale International Film Festival, February 2008. A documentary on Ariel Sharon, the former Israel PM, who as of this writing, is in a coma.

Shahida

TITLE: Shahida
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Natalie Assouline/ Talia Kleinhendler
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Berlinale International Film Festival, February 2008. A documentary on a conversation over two years with five would be Palestinian female suicide bombers currently residing in prison in Israel.

Flipping Out

TITLE: Flipping Out
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Yoav Shamir
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Berlinale International Film Festival, February 2008. A documentary on those Israeli who, having been discharged from the Israeli army, fly to India, relax, and take copious drugs for either fun, enlightenment, or to forget the Arab Israel conflict and Palestinian territories.

Tomorrow You Will Understand

TITLE: Tomorrow You Will Understand
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Amos Gitai
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Berlinale International Film Festival, February 2008. A documentary on a conversation over two years with five would be Palestinian female suicide bombers currently residing in prison in Israel.
SOME PALESTINIAN FILMS (2007)
SYNOPSISES FROM THE FILM FESTIVALS

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM Directed by Martin Ginestie
Palestine, 2007, 19 min
U.S. PREMIERE AT the Boston Palestine Film Fest, October 2007.
Considered by many to be the Nelson Mandela of Palestine, political leader Marwan Barghouti languishes in an Israeli jail. Through archival footage and interviews with political figures, journalists, and activists, this short documentary explores the potential role a freed Barghouti might someday play in Palestine's future-and raises questions about the true motives for his imprisonment by the Israeli government.


BELONGING
by Tariq Nasir
USA, 2006, 68 min
The wars of 1948 and 1967 saw the territorial expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, changing their lives forever. Belonging is about the experience of being made a refugee-the loss of an ancestral home, the deep-rooted attachment to one's land that refuses to die-as told by two generations of a surviving Palestinian family. It is a powerful story of displacement and loss, of longing and belonging
Source: www.BelongingTheFilm.com


LEILA KHALED: HIJACKER
by Lina Makboul
Sweden, 2005, 58 min
Winner: Tri Continental Film Festival 2007 India Grand Jury Award; NŲjesguiden 2006 Best Film Award Lena Hellman Memorial Fund Tempo Film Festival Stockholm
"Leila Khaled Hijacker is a fascinating journey of a woman"- Jewish Independent
"An astonishing testimony on violence and femininity is born from the meeting held between the two women in Amman, in the house of Leila Khaled." - Le monde diplomatique
In 1969, Palestinian Leila Khaled made history by becoming the first woman to hijack an airplane. As a Palestinian child growing up in Sweden, filmmaker Lina Makboul admired Khaled for her bold actions; as an adult, she began asking complex questions about the legacy of her childhood hero. This fascinating documentary is at once a portrait of Khaled, an exploration of the filmmaker's own understanding of her Palestinian identity, and a complex examination of the nebulous dichotomy between "terrorist" and "freedom fighter."
Source: www.Leilakhaled.com

LEMONADE
by Hicham Kayed
Lebanon, 2004, 12 min
Winner: Gold Prize, Cairo International Film Festival for Children, 2004
Palestinian brothers endeavor to transcend their predicament as refugees by spending their school break productively, selling lemonade. Inspired by a true story, Lemonade is the outcome of a youth storytelling project run under the auspices of the Al-Jana Resource Center in Lebanon, and was written, cast and edited with the participation of young residents of the Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut.

STILL LIFE
by Diana Keown Allan
USA/Lebanon, 2007, 23 min
The life of an elderly refugee living in exile is examined with the help of a series of personal photographs that survived his expulsion in 1948 from current day Israel. Through the photos, and the memories captured therein, we experience the intimate remnants of a history now largely invisible.

JUST MARRIED
by Ayelet Bechar
Israel, 2005, 71 min
Part of UK Traveling Jewish Film Festival
Israel's 2003 "Citizenship Law" states that residents of the Palestinian territories may not enter the Jewish state, even if married to an Israeli. So what happens when a Palestinian falls in love with another Arab-one who happens to live in Israel? Deftly managing to be intimate without being intrusive, Bechar's award-winning documentary follows the plight of two couples who fall into this legal void and who struggle with myriad uncertainties after deciding to marry despite the prohibition against their living together in Israel. Among many breathtaking and heart wrenching scenes is one, worthy of Orwell, in which an Israeli official delineates the exact application process a couple must follow-only to casually mention how their application will then be denied.

PRIVATE
by Saverio Costanzo
Italy, 2004, 90 min
Stars Actor Mohammed Bakri
Winner: FIPRESCI Jury Award - The International Federation of Film Critics; Golden Leopard Award- Best Director - Locarno; Bronze Leopard Award- Best Actor, Mohammed Bakri - Locarno Film Festival
"The young Italian director Saverio Costanzo puts an unnervingly intimate twist on the costs of military occupation in this aptly claustrophobic drama." - L.A. Weekly
"Private's vision of domestic dread is more raw and real than anything Hollywood fantasy can offer...this is powerful stuff, performed with conviction." -Mathew Leyland, BBC
A psychological drama about a Palestinian family of seven, suddenly confronted with a volatile situation in their home that mirrors the larger ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel.

JENIN JENIN
by Mohammed Bakri
Palestine, 2002, 54 min
Winner of 2002 Best Film, Carthage International Film Festival, and International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary Filmmaking & Reporting
Previously banned in Israel, Jenin Jenin captures testimony from residents of the beleaguered Palestinian city in the wake of the Israeli army's "Operation Defensive Shield." The incursion targeted Jenin's refugee camp which suffered massive destruction and was the scene of fierce resistance. Witnesses relate what human rights organizations would later call violations of international law amounting to Israeli war crimes. Jenin Jenin is dedicated to Iyad Samoudi, the producer of the film. On June 23, as Israeli forces besieged Yamun, Samoudi was shot and killed.

SINCE YOU LEFT
by Mohammed Bakri
Israel, 2005, 60 min
Palestinian-Israeli actor/director Bakri returns to the grave of his former mentor, writer and communist Emile Habibi, and attempts to account for the political transformations that have occurred in Israel/Palestine-as well as transformations in his own thinking-in the years since the author's death. This is a powerful autobiographical essay by one of the most prominent Palestinian citizens of Israel, whose turbulent relationship with the state and with Zionist culture inevitably informs his outlook as an artist and as a political thinker.

ALL THAT REMAINS
by Nada El Yassir
Israel, 2005, 52 min
Arab Bedouins once peopled the entire Negev Desert, which accounts for 60% of historic Palestine. Since the creation of Israel in 1948, the majority was uprooted. Those who remain are either being rounded up into one of seven townships; or living in one of 46 "unrecognized villages" without the basics of water, electricity, schools, roads or medical services. The film explores the struggle of the Bedouins of the Negev against Israeli policies that aim to strip them of their land and their way of life. All That Remains powerfully documents their efforts at peaceful resistance.


RAINBOW
by Abdel Salam Shehada
Palestine, 2004, 39 min
Rainbow documents the killing and structural devastation in Rafah, caused by Israel's Operation Rainbow in May 2004. Filmmaker Shehada explores his own difficulty in coming to terms with his role as a news cameraman during the Intifada. This film offers a rare glimpse of life in Gaza after the cameras stop rolling.


THE IRON WALL
by Mohammed Alatar
Palestine, 2006, 57 min
"The best description of the barrier, its routing and impact is shown in the film The Iron Wall." - President Jimmy Carter
After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the aim of Israel's settlement movement became clear: create facts on the ground that make the creation of a Palestinian state impossible. Israel's almost surgical placement of The Wall renders this long-held Zionist intention inescapably-and quite literally-concrete.

CONFRONTING THE WALL: ART AND RESISTANCE IN PALESTINE
by Alan Greig
USA/Palestine, 2007, 29 min
Refusing to leave their home, a Palestinian family must face the dramatic-and absurd-development of Israel's building its Apartheid Wall around them, creating a virtual cage in which they must live. The family resists peacefully by creating a mural that covers the Wall.


I WON'T RUN
by Christopher Pastor
USA, 2007, 4 min
A music video reflecting the artist's distinctive perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, providing commentary on the media's unbalanced reporting.


OCCUPATION 101
by Sufyan and Abdallah Omeish
USA/Palestine, 2005, 90 min
Winner: "Golden Palm" Award and "Best Editing", 2007 Beverly Hills Film Festival; 2006 Artivist Best Feature Film Award, Human Rights Category. Best Feature Film Award, River's Edge Film Festival. Best Documentary Feature Award, The Dead Center Film Festival. Audience Award for Best Documentary, East Lansing Film Festival. John Michaels Memorial Award, Big Muddy Film Festival.
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Occupation 101 presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the conflict and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. We hear about first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.


DRYING UP PALESTINE
by Peter Snowdon and Rima Essa
Palestine, 2007, 28 min
A portrait of the stresses and strains imposed on Palestinian society by Israel's almost total control over access to water resources in the West Bank, told in the words of ordinary people.

OPEN HEART
by Claire Fowler
Palestine, 2006, 22 min
In this documentary, Claire Fowler follows a dramatic life or death crisis; a baby must have surgery to repair a congenital heart defect, to get help his West Bank family must journey to Jerusalem by way of several checkpoints. A gut-wrenching examination of a life-or-death crisis made worse by the ever-present infrastructure of military occupation.
Introduced at the fest by Dr. Walid Yassir, Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis surgery at Tufts New England Medical Center. Volunteer Surgeon with Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF).


HARDBALL
by Suha Arraf
Palestine/Israel, 2006, 52 min
Sakhnin is a small Arab town inside Israel where life is far from normal. Despite hardships, Sakhnin, like the rest of the world, is mad about football and has produced an edgy, hungry football team that managed, against all odds, to win Israel's national cup in 2004. As the drama of the new football season unfolds, Hardball reveals why the underdog team has attracted such a devoted and fervent following among thousands of Arab fans across the country.

EXILES IN JERUSALEM
by Muayad Alayan
Palestine, 2005, 20 min
Jerusalem has been inflected with two separation walls in the last 60 years: one erected between 1948 and 1967 wars, the second being built now. Through the accounts of his father and his best friend, in this film the director shows how these walls continue to cast lives into exile.



THE COLOR OF OLIVES by Carolina Rivas
Mexico, 2006, 97 min
"With its contemplative tone and haunting images, The Color of Olives may be the most peaceful documentary ever to arrive from a war zone" - Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times.
Mexican filmmaker Caroline Rivas documents the plight of the Aamer family, whose lives have changed dramatically with the building of The Wall. Divided from both their farmland and their village, their home has become an island dominated by electrified fences, locked gates, and a constant swarm of armed soldiers. Rivas captures the strong sense of connection-to their olive trees, to their friends and supporters, even to their two small donkeys-that sustain this unsinkable family.

LA ULTIMA LUNA
by Miguel Littin
Chile, 2005, 105 min
"Littin excels at sketching out some underlying forces and effects of the period. There are nice touches, as in having one hanger-on, hiding out from the growing conflict, who claims to have ridden into Damascus with Lawrence and his (momentarily) triumphant Arabs" - Ken Eisner, Variety.
Veteran Chilean director Miguel Littin depicts the life of his Palestinian grandparents before they emigrated to Chile. Set in 1914 and filmed on location in the West Bank, La Ultima Luna explores personal notions of place and belonging while chronicling a fascinating chapter in history, marked as it was by burgeoning tensions between Palestinian and Jewish families.

HAPPY DAYS
by Larissa Sansour
Palestine, 2006, 3 min
Happy Days is a video that exposes everyday Palestinian life under Israeli occupation. Sansour juxtaposes these images with a sitcom soundtrack from the seventies to underline both the apathy of the western public to media coverage of the conflict and the blurry boundary between that news and entertainment.

A PALESTINIAN WOMAN
by Andrew Courtney and Emily Perry
USA, 2006, 24 min
This documentary short film gives the viewer an individual view of the conditions that isolate Palestinians within their communities. It is filmed next to the separation barrier, a.k.a. Apartheid Wall, which Israel continues to build in occupied Palestine. Outspoken and eloquent Terry Boulatta, mother, teacher and community activist, shows us how the Wall chokes her neighborhood in East Jerusalem, and separates it from adjacent Palestinian communities.

THIS BODY IS A PRISON
by Dylan Bergeson
Palestine, 2007, 45 min
Winner: Best Picture: Northwest Projections Film Festival, Bellingham Best Picture: Plomondon Independent Film Festival, Toledo
This Body is a Prison, shot on video over four months, captures the reality of the psychological trauma Palestinians are suffering from by living under Israeli occupation. It manages to convey existence in a world where complexity is denied by violence, where everyday life is a struggle, and yet, through that struggle, art and education persist

Make a Wish
Director Cherien Dabis
Palestine, 2006, 12min
A young Palestinian girl will do whatever it takes to buy a birthday cake. Eleven year-old Mariam begs her mother for the extra money she needs to buy a cake at the local bakery. Her mother begrudgingly relents, but when Mariam arrives at the bakery, she realizes that she still doesn't have enough. Determined to get the cake, she sets out to brave the obstacles and land some cash. What begins as a simple trip to the bakery turns into a journey that depicts not only the subtle tensions of a politically charged environment, but also illustrates the grief that can result from growing up under occupation. In Arabic with English subtitles


Zero Degrees of Separation
Dir. Elle Flanders
Canada, 2005, 89 mins.
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 narrative of growing up with grandparents who were intimately involved in the founding of the state of Israel. Zero Degrees of Separation, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and has toured extensively, winning awards internationally.







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