Past Festivals - 2014 Films

Almost Friends
2014 | 60 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary, Education, Family
Director: Nitzan Ofir & Barak Heymann

Only 67 kilometers separate Lod and Tlamim, but the residents are a world apart, divided by vast national, cultural, and ideological differences. Through an education and technology school program aimed at bridging gaps in Israeli society, sixth grade students from a secular school in the impoverished city of Lod and a religious school in the settlement of Tlamim are paired as online pen pals. Samar, an Arab girl from Lod and Linor, a settler who lived in Gush Katif, represent the extremes of these differences. Still, a spark is ignited in their online relationship and a friendship is formed. But when the two girls have the opportunity to meet, their families enter into a profound and complex experience.

Arab Labor
2013 | 48 Minutes minutes | Themes: Narrative
Director: Shay Kapun

Created by renowned Israeli-Palestinian journalist Sayed Kashua, Arab Labor focuses on the hilarious escapades of Amjad and his attempts to fit into Israeli-Jewish society. Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua and his characters daringly play on religious identity and political differences that make up the mixed society that is Israel. These new episodes find Amjad on his way to become the perfect husband, an exemplary father, and a promising member of the Knesset—but Amjad yet again manages to get into trouble.

2014 | Short
Director: Mohammad Bakri

Director: Ziad Bakri

East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem
2014 | 80 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: Henrique Cymerman & Erez Miller

Legendary singer/guitarist David Broza journeys to East Jerusalem to record his latest album with Israeli, Palestinian, and American musicians. Broza hopes that bridging cultures through music can be one small step toward peaceful coexistence. The film weaves together soulful music and personal conversations of hope in a time and a place where hope is most needed.

Enta Omri
Director: Adiya Imri Orr

Fire Lines
2013 | 42 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary
Director: David Viola & Avi Goldstein

The story of the historic cooperation between firefighters of the Palestinian Civil Defense and the Israel Fire and Rescue Services during the tragic Carmel fire in December 2010. The blaze that began on Mount Carmel and swept through hills around the coastal city of Haifa was the deadliest in Israeli history, claiming 44 lives. It was also a cultural historic moment—producing unprecedented cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian firefighters.

2013 | 80 Minutes minutes | Narrative | Themes: Narrative
Director: Mushon Salmona

A Ma’an Network and Common Ground Production. Co-presented by Aytzim: Ecological Judaism.

Newly discharged from the Israeli Army, Ra’ed, a Bedouin from an unrecognized village in the Negev desert, is determined to save his family’s failing herd of sheep, about to be sold. He plans to live off the herd by starting a roadside Bedouin hospitality restaurant

Life Sentences
2013 | 92 Minutes minutes | Themes: Documentary, Family
Director: Nurit Kedar & Yaron Shani

An Arab man and Jewish woman marry and give birth to a girl and a boy. They live in quiet harmony in an Arab-Jewish community. So when dozens of mysterious terror attacks tremble the state of Israel in the late 1960s, no one suspects the Arab father. When he is caught, the mother flees the country with her kids and settles in the heart of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Montreal, Canada. The boy and the girl study shoulder to shoulder with other religious Jewish kids, ignorant of their origins. But in a surprising twist to an already shocking story, the siblings confront their roots as the grow up and take opposite roads—one becoming ultra-Orthodox, the other becoming Muslim.

Mirror Image
11 minutes | Short
Director: Danielle Schwartz

Jewish Israeli grandparents are challenged by their grandchild to compose an agreed-upon version of the untold story of a large crystal mirror, taken from the Palestinian village of Zarnuqa during the Nakba – the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by the new Israeli state in the 1948 war. An intimate discussion that reflects on the presence of the Nakba in the lives of Jewish Israelis and addresses its silenced remnants, located at the very center of our lives