Past Festivals - 2017 Events

Other Israel Underground

Join us for a night out and screenings in Harlem! A night of thought-provoking short films followed by conversations in the vibrant scene of Harlem. We start the evening at JCC Harlem before moving on to Silvana Cafe-Bar-Live music for more films and drinks.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission includes 2 free drinks at Silvana.

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

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. 

Opening Night Gala: In Between

Join us for the Red Carpet Opening Night festivities of the 11th Anniversary of the Other Israel Film Festival, featuring:

In Between
Dir. Maysaloun Hamoud
2016 | 103 min | Narrative

Two Palestinian women share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. A stylish criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, Laila sheds her professional persona and releases any inhibitions in the city’s underground club scene. Her more subdued lesbian roommate Salma left her conservative Christian home and floats from job-to-job, working primarily as a bartender and DJ. They are joined by Nur, a religious Muslim, who moves into the apartment while studying at the local university. Her fiance refuses to understand why she prefers to study and work over establishing their househome. Together, the roommates search for ways to live in the space in between their desired modern lifestyles and the pressures from their traditional communities. In Theaters Nov. 10.

Screening followed by conversation and reception with filmmakers and special guests.

New Generations Dinner

Join the New Israel Fund’s New Generations, JCC 20s + 30s, and other young leadership groups for Shabbat dinner, drinks, and short films, accompanied by an intimate conversation with guest filmmakers. 3 short films for 3 courses. Event nourished by One Table.

Advance registration required. Drinks will take place in Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium at 6:30 then dinner will be served at 7 PM. During dinner, three films from the Other Israel Film Festival will be shown. 

For specific dietary requests (vegan, gluten-free), please contact [email protected] by 10 AM on Wed, October 25th.

Short films to be shown:

Dir. Aharon Shem Tov and Niv Hachlili – 2017 – 18 min – Narrative
Possessed by the spirit of his dead grandfather, an Israeli teacher questions his own identity.

Dir. Sabrine Khoury – 2017 – 19 min – Narrative
An Arab salsa dancer is in a relationship with a Jewish dancer. Together they attempt to perform in an Israeli settlement.

Dir. Nadav Shlomo Giladi – 2017 – 29 min – Narrative
An unexpected encounter between a Palestinian hitchhiker and a Jewish settler offers life-changing lessons.

Closing Night: Holy Air

Join us for a closing night celebration featuring a screening of Holy Air and the announcement of the winner of the Bob Simon Award.

Holy Air
Dir. Shady Srour
2017 | 81 min | Narrative

In Nazareth, Christian-Arab Adam suffers the failure of yet another entrepreneurial idea. He will soon become a first-time father, and his father has fallen gravely ill. Adam needs to catch a break, and finally one day he happens upon his blockbuster idea. With thousands of tourists coming to the childhood home of Jesus every year, Adam could sell them “Holy Air,” bottled fresh from the top of Mount Precipice. For a single Euro, tourists can buy a bottle filled with the very same air Mary breathed when the angel Gabriel announced she would give birth to the “Son of God.” Adam suddenly becomes so successful that he catches the attention of the local Jewish politicians, the Catholic Church, and the Muslim mafia, alike. Will success liberate Adam and allow him to support his family? Or will more money lead to more problems?

Screening followed by conversation and reception with filmmakers and special guests.

Breakout Sessions

Following the Sunday 11/5 screening of The Field, please join EncounterHand in Hand, and J Street in the lobby of the JCC. Representatives from each organization will provide background information on their efforts and facilitate smaller group discussions focused on coexistence and dialogue as modeled by the participants in the film.