10th Anniversary Other Israel Film Festival Pass

The Other Israel Film Festival pass is good for five (5) general admission tickets based on availability. Special events & programs excluded. See a full list of films at otherisrael.org/films.

To purchase a pass, click here.

Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets ahead of time, as screenings do sell out.

The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708. 

30 Years of Musrara: Opening Reception


Situated at the divide between West and East Jerusalem, Musrara, the Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art and Society, is dedicated to teaching creativity in the fields of visual arts, new media, and music, and fostering arts initiatives that contribute to the community via special programs for underrepresented segments of Israeli society, creating a space for authentic exploration of the complicated Israeli identity. On exhibit is an array of work from students and alumni in celebration of the school’s 30th anniversary.

In the Place Where We Stand: Musrara, Identity and Transience
On display Dec 1-8 outside the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium

Mon 12/5 5:30pm JCC Manhattan Register

Closing Night: Personal Affairs

Join us for a closing night celebration featuring the NY premiere of the Cannes Film Festival-raved film, Personal Affairs. With music from Polyphony and the announcement of the winner of the Bob Simon Award.

Dir. Maha Haj
2016 | 90 min | Narrative

In this witty and modern family drama, a Palestinian family’s personal affairs unfold. In Nazareth, an aging couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth, her husband lands a movie role, and their grandmother loses her head. Between checkpoints and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave and others want to stay, but all have personal affairs to resolve. Official Selection, 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Followed by conversation and dessert reception with filmmakers and special guests.

Thu 12/8 7:00pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

Encore Screening: Beyond the Mountains and the Hills

*JUST ADDED: Special encore screening of Beyond the Mountains and the Hills following closing night screening of Personal Affairs.*

Dir. Eran Kolirin
2016 | 90 min | Narrative

David is discharged from the army after serving 27 years. He finally returns to his family and tries to find himself in his new civilian life. When a friend suggests working for a company that markets dietary supplements, David sees this as an opportunity to get his foot in the door of the business world and make something out of himself. But this decision slowly gets him and his family entangled in the web of dark forces that rule life in Israel. In theaters March 2017.

Thu 12/8 9:30pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

Hip Hop Concert: Tamer Nafar with Special Guest Marcus Mumford + More

Lead actor and inspiration for the award-winning Junction 48, Tamer Nafar is a pioneer of the Palestinian hip-hop scene, using music in its purest form to promote sociopolitical awareness and giving a voice to a generation searching for both political and personal meaning. Tamer will be joined by Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, with more special appearances to be announced!

Admission: $25 ($30 at the door)
Doors open 6:30pm

Mon 12/5 7:30pm (Le) Poisson Rouge Tickets

Opening Night Gala: Harmonia

Join us for the Red Carpet Opening Night festivities of the 10th Anniversary of the Other Israel Film Festival, featuring the US Premiere of:

Dir. Ori Sivan
2016 | 98 min | Narrative

Sarah, a morose harpist in the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, is married to Abraham, 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. Unearthing the metaphoric roots of the conflict, Harmonia maintains the essence of the biblical story from Genesis and adds a unique perspective.

Followed by conversation and exclusive reception with filmmakers and special guests.

Thu 12/1 7:00pm JCC Manhattan Tickets

Panel Discussion: The Power of Film

As the Other Israel Film Festival marks its 10th anniversary, join special guest filmmakers and partners for a lively conversation about the possibilities of film as a powerful vehicle for social activism and change.

Panelists will include:

Michael Moore, Filmmaker & Activist

Udi Aloni, Director, Junction 48

Chelsey Berlin, Director, B’Tselem USA

Tony Copti, Producer, Land of the Little People

Maya Zinshtein, Director, Forever Pure

Sat 12/3 4:30pm JCC Manhattan Register