Past Festivals - 2012 Films

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
2011 | 90 Minutes minutes | Themes: Narrative
Director: Thierry Binisti

A young French woman living in Jerusalem, develops a turbulent yet tender long-distance friendship with a young Palestinian, in hopes to better understand one another. An engrossing and hopeful drama based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti, starring Hiam Abbas.

Ameer Got His Gun
2011 | 58 Minutes minutes
Director: Naomi Levari

Ameer is a Muslim Arab about to enlist in to the Israeli army. He believes this is a path towards equality and belonging in the Jewish state. On his journey, he carefully navigates the thin line between Jewish and Arab societies in Israel.

An Oasis on the Hill
2012 | 12 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Gal Kohen

Two friends, an Arab and a Jew from Neve Shalom Village (Oasis of Peace), reach the pivotal age of 18.

Arab Labor - Season 3
2012 | 48 Minutes minutes
Director: Shay Kapun

The wildly popular, irreverent and acclaimed series by author Sayed Kashua, is back with a third hilariously entertaining season. Tune in for Amjad and his family’s adventures as they make constant efforts to fi t in after relocating from their Arab village to the heart of Jerusalem.

Freeflow
2011 | 60 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Ramy A. Katz

The story of a mother of six in a provincial town, fighting to keep her family together with sheer courage and wisdom. Her eldest son, dropped out of school and has created an alternative reality for himself in which he is a daredevil putting his energy into the physical sport of Parkour.

From the Black You Make Color
2012 | 72 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Judy Maltz & Richie Sherman

At Tel-Aviv’s oldest beauty academy, a group of students come from seven different countries, yet somehow find a common language. The eight characters pulled into focus by the filmmakers, share common ordeals, and bring unique and varied life stories to their new environment.

Happy Holidays
2012 | 28 Minutes minutes | Themes: Narrative
Director: Luca Marvanyi

Two Hungarian sisters living in Israel are torn by their Jewish/Christian Identities.

Jerusalem ER
2012 | 17 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Hilla Medalia

The experiences of Arab and Jewish doctors in Jerusalem’s Hadasah hospital.

Jerusalem Moments
2012 | 23 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Daniel Gal

The new train in Jerusalem and its diverse passengers – Jews, Arabs, religious, and secular.

New Voices
2012 | 81 minutes minutes
NYC Premiere
Director: Various

Eye drops

Director: Mohammad Bakri

Israel, 2012, Narrative, 23 min. U.S. Premiere

An encounter between a holocaust survivor and an Arab actor who lives in Tel Aviv with his two sons, during the second intifada.

Happy holidays 

Director: Luca Marvanyi

Israel, 28 min.

Christmas. Two Hungarian sisters living in Israel are torn by their Jewish/Christian identities.

Peach pits 

Director: Shai Ben-Dov

Israel, 11 min.

A mysterious man reads the future for a fortuneteller.

The promised land 

Director: Vanessa Knutsen

Israel, 15 min.

A migrant worker takes refuge at her boss’ house for the Seder.

Wild horses

Director: Amit Carp

Israel, 27 min.

A dysfunctional relationship between a father and a son who raise horses, in the shadow of a tragedy.

One Day After Peace
2012 | 85 Minutes minutes
Director: Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer

Robi Damelin, a bereaved Israeli mother, tries to contact her son’s killer, a Palestinian serving in an Israeli prison. When he refuses, Robi decides to return to South Africa to see how the country where she was born embarked on achieving forgiveness and reconciliation after decades of conflict. PRESENTED AS PART OF OTHER ISRAEL PEACE AND RECONCILIATION PROGRAM

Peach Stones
2012 | 15 Minutes minutes
Director: Vanessa Knutsen

A migrant worker takes refuge at her boss’ house for the Seder.

Present Perspectives
52 minutes

An Oasis On The Hill

Director: Igal Kohen

Israel, 12 min.

Two friends, an Arab and a Jew from Neve Shalom Village (Oasis of Peace), reach the pivotal age of 18.

From Man to Man, We Pass Like Strangers

Director: Daniel Gal

Israel, 23 min.

The new train in Jerusalem shown with a diverse audience of Jews, Arabs, religious, and secular.

Jersusalem ER

Director: Hilla Medalia

Israel, 17 min.

The experiences of Arab and Jewish doctors in Jerusalem’s Hadasah hospital.

Sharqiya
2012 | 82 Minutes minutes | Themes: Narrative
Director: Ami Livne

Official Selection – Berlinale Panorama 2012 Official Selection – ACID-Cannes 2012 Kamel lives with his brother and sister-in-law at the edge of the Negev desert on land that has belonged to their Bedouin family for generations. When state offi cials order the demolition of the few shacks where the family resides, Kamel must come up with a plan to save his home.

Tanathor - Last Days in Jerusalem
2011 | 80 Minutes minutes | Themes: Narrative
Director: Tawfik Abu Wael

Official Selection – Toronto Film Festival 2011 Nour and Iyad, a Palestinian couple living in East Jerusalem, are getting ready to move to Paris. He is a surgeon and she is a budding actress. On the way to the airport, an accident delays their departure. Nour starts to question their future move.

Testimony (EDUT)
2011 | 80 Minutes minutes | Themes: Narrative
Director: Shlomi Elkabetz

Official Selection – 68th Venice International Film Festival With visual brilliance, testimonies of soldiers, officers and Palestinians are presented by some of Israel’s top actors. A dozen unspoken stories from the lives of Palestinians and Israelis make up an Israeli collective conscience, presenting both sides of the same narrative. PRESENTED AS PART OF OTHER ISRAEL PEACE AND RECONCILIATION PROGRAM

The Invisible Men
2012 | 68 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Yariv Mozer

The untold story of gay Palestinians persecuted in their communities and are hiding illegally in Tel Aviv. Their only chance for survival is to seek asylum outside Israel and Palestine, and to leave their homeland behind forever.

Unidentified
2012 | 48 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Emmanuel Rosen & Tali Rosen

The stories of talented young Muslim Israeli women stuck between two cultures, unable to belong to the community and tradition in which they were raised, nor to Israeli Jewish society. These vibrant women grapple with love, work, and the dilemmas of the modern world.

Wherever You Go + Eye Drops
2011 | 63 Minutes minutes | Themes: Narrative
Director: Ronny Sasson Angel

Two women’s lives intertwine: one is on her way to see her estranged Jewish Orthodox family; the other is on the run from her Bedouin family who is forcing her into a life without choice. Together, they stand up against their predetermined destinies. Shown with: Eye Drops Mohammad Bakri / Israel, 2012, Narrative An encounter between a holocaust survivor and an Arab actor who lives in Tel Aviv with his two sons, during the second intifada.