More award-winning films, engaging conversations and special events will be featured at the 7th Annual Other Israel Film Festival, to take place November 14 - 21, 2013. Stay tuned for the full program to be announced in October.
THE WASHINGTON POST Guest Voices - Other Voices on Faith and Its Impace on The News. By Carole Zabar Click here to read the full assay
Films Show an Israel Divided From Its Neighbors and Itself By ETHAN BRONNER Published: November 7, 2012 Zohara is estranged from her ultra-Orthodox Jewish family and is living alone in the south of Israel as a modern single woman. On a drive for a rare visit to her family — her sister is getting married and, after painful negotiation, Zohara will attend — she is approached by a Bedouin Arab woman urgently seeking a ride. The Bedouin, Nariman, has her own family issues. She is escaping from a forced marriage to a despised cousin.
‘Otherness’ Moves Beyond Israel Film Other Israel Film Festival ‘One Day After Peace’ subtly broadens the reach of The Other Israel Film Festival. Tue, 11/06/2012 George Robinson Special to the Jewish Week Emmanuel Levinas, one of the central Jewish thinkers of the 20th century, argued that by seeing the face of another we are forced to acknowledge our involvement with the Other. As Levinas writes in one of the most famous passages in his work, such a vision involves recognition of a shared humanity and a shared mortality; hence, to see the face of the Other is to be forcibly reminded of the edict, “Thou shall not kill.” When it began life six years ago, the Other Israel Film Festival took as its focus the lives of Israel’s non-Jewish population, the Druze, Bedouins and Israeli Arabs whose lives represent a different portion of the Jewish state, hence the event’s name. With this year’s event, which opens this week, the festival has taken a subtle shift towards Levinas’ more universal understanding of otherness. The result is one of the best editions of Other Israel since its inception, with a strong slate that includes four U.S and five New York premieres and, of the five films available to me at press time, not a single false step.
The full schedule announced for a week-long festival of NY premieres of award winning films, non-stop conversations, and special events. To view the full festival brochure - visit the JCC or Cinema Village box office, or click here to view the brochure online. For program updates and to buy tickets, browse through FILM, GUESTS, and EVENTS pages.