Schedule - Sunday, 12/4/2016

1:00pm - Holy Zoo
2015 | 60 minutes | Documentary
U.S. Premiere
Director: Katharina Waisburd

In Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, Israelis and Palestinians work together to tend to the elephants, crocodiles, and rhinos. Tensions across animal species are reflected in the mostly good-natured but always edgy interactions between employees, who lead regular tours of schoolchildren through the zoo. Comprising Jewish and Muslim students, these tours are led separately, with each group learning different details about the same animals; hearing stories constructed to reflect the glories and struggles of the children’s distinct yet neighboring cultures. Katharina Waisburd discovers an extraordinary place in the heart of the Holy Land, daring to revive questions about freedom and hope in a desperate situation.

Screening followed by Q&A with the director and with Shai Doron, director of The Biblical Zoo. Moderated by Betty Herschman, Director of International Relations and Advocay, Ir Amim.

Copresented by Hashomer HatzairInter-Agency Task Force, and Ir Amim

Sun 12/4 1:00pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

3:00pm - Forever Pure
2016 | 86 minutes | Documentary
Director: Maya Zinschtein

Beitar Jerusalem F.C. is the most popular and controversial soccer team in Israelthe only club in the Israeli Premier League never to sign an Arab player. Midway through the 2013 season, a secretive transfer deal by the owner brought in two Muslim players from Chechnya. That deal inspired the most racist campaign in Israeli sports, sending the team spiraling out of control. A look at one season in the life of this famed team provides a window into Israeli society, personal identity, money, and power, showing how racism can destroy a team and society from within.

Copresented by Doc NYC, Healing Across the Divides, OneVoice Movement, Open HillelPartners for Progressive Israel, and Ultimate Peace.

Sun 12/4 3:00pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

3:30pm - The 90 Minute War
2016 | 85 minutes | Narrative
U.S. Premiere
Director: Eyal Halfon

A comic mockumentary based on the book by Itay Meirson. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has lasted 100 years. One hundred years of war, bloodshed, bitterness, and suffering. One hundred years of stalemate, intransigence, and failed peace deals. And now it’s all over. They’ve finally found the solution: a winner-take-all soccer match. The winner gets to stay. The loser leaves forever. And no whining.

Copresented by GrapeVine and Tribe.

Sun 12/4 3:30pm NYU Register

3:30pm - New Voices 2016
2016 | 52 minutes | Short
Director: Various Directors

A riveting compilation featuring diverse stories across generations:

FACING THE WALL (Dir. Alamork Davidian, 26 min, Narrative)
Surni, a young Ethiopian woman, wakes up heartbroken in an Israeli absorption center.

KEYS (Dir. Hadar Reichman, 11 min, Narrative)
Mayhem ensues when Aziz tries to teach his sister not to be afraid of Jews.

TAKE 3 (Dir. Ayelet Bechar, 15 min, Documentary)
Three generations of Palestinian refugees are filmed over the course of 47 years, as they return to visit their family’s destroyed village near Ramle.

Copresented by Healing Across the Divides and OneVoice Movement.

Sun 12/4 3:30pm NYU Register

5:30pm - Between Worlds
2016 | 84 minutes | Narrative
U.S. Premiere
Director: Miya Hatav

Bina and Meir, an Orthodox couple from Jerusalem, arrive panic-stricken at the hospital after her son Oliel is severely injured in a terror attack. This is their first time seeing their son since he became secular and lost contact with the family. At the hospital, Bina and Meir meet Amal, a young Arab woman, who claims she is there to attend to her dying father. While Meir searches for answers to revive Oliel, the two despondent women bond with one another. As the truth unfolds, they all struggle to accept the unlikely circumstances that have brought them together.

Copresented by B’nai JeshurunFootsteps, and Loving Day.

Sun 12/4 5:30pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

6:30pm - Harmonia
2016 | 98 minutes | Narrative
U.S. Premiere
Director: Ori Sivan

Sarah (Tali Sharon), a morose harpist in the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, is married to Abraham (Alon Aboutboul), the charismatic conductor of the group. They have no children. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the Orchestra, Sarah’s world erupts. A unique friendship develops between the two women. Hagar, sympathizing with Sarah’s pain, offers to have a baby for Sarah. Ismail, born to Hagar and Abraham, is a wild and gifted pianist whom Sarah raises as her own. When Ismail discovers the true identity of his mother, his world–and that of those around him–falls apart. Harmonia maintains the essence of the biblical story from Genesis and adds a unique perspective, unearthing the metaphoric roots of the conflict.

Sun 12/4 6:30pm JCC Harlem Tickets