Past Festivals - 2018 Events

The “Other” in Israeli Cinema Panel

Join us for a panel discussion of leading experts from the Israeli film industry to learn more about the representation of minorities in Israeli movies. Filmmakers and representatives from The New Foundation for Israeli Cinema will discuss the history and challenges in elevating the voices of all members of Israeli society.

Other Israel Underground
Featuring a screening of "In Her Footsteps"

Join us for a night out and a screening followed by conversations in the vibrant scene of West Harlem. We’ll start the night with drinks at Silvana cafe-bar-music, then move to JCC Harlem for a screening of In Her Footsteps at 8 pm, followed by conversations.

6:30 pm for drinks @ Silvana’s (300 W 116th St)
8 pm for screening @ JCC Harlem (318 W 118th St)

Tickets are $15 at the door. Admission includes 1 drink with ticket.

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

Your pass is not a ticket. After purchase of your ticket online, you will be sent a personalized code within 24 hours. With that code, you may reserve your 5 general admissions tickets to any film excluding special events. 

Please reserve your seats as soon as you can as they are subject to availability. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected] 

CLICK HERE to purchase a pass.

Opening Night: The Cousin

Join us for the Red Carpet Opening Night festivities of the 12th Annual Other Israel Film Festival, featuring:

The Cousin
Dir. Tzahi Grad | 2017 | 93 min | Narrative

In this comedy, a well-intentioned Arab handyman upends daily life in an Israeli village. After a woman is assaulted and the community quickly turns accusatory, his Israeli employer is the only local who believes him. Loyalties are tested as more secrets are uncovered.

Screening followed by Q+A with director and Opening Night reception.

Jewish + Democratic: The Nation-State Law + American Jews Panel

Join a conversation with leading experts on the impact of the recent Nation-State Law on Israeli and American Jewry. Can Israel be a state that is both Jewish and democratic? How does this law change this balance? And what is the part of American jewry in this equation? Join an interactive conversation as we try to answer these questions.

Co-presented by the New Israel Fund

Closing Night: Unsettling

Join us for the Red Carpet Closing Night festivities of the 12th Annual Other Israel Film Festival starting with a pre-screening reception at 6 PM and featuring:


Dir. Iris Zaki | 2018 | 70 min | Documentary

An award-winning filmmaker enters Tekoa, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, to talk with the locals. Their honest, surprising, and sometimes funny conversations offer a new take on Israeli reality on both sides of the Green Line.

Screening followed by Q+A with director, moderated by Yona Shem-Tov of Encounter, and after party at Gazala’s.

Art Exhibit: Protest in Pictures: Standing Together Against the Nation-State Law

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets this summer to rally against the proposed Nation-State Law with signs demanding equality. Many of the New Israel Fund’s grantees rallied their fellow citizens to actualize a different vision for Israel, one that stands for equality for all citizens, regardless of race, religion, and background.

On Display Nov 1-8, The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Photo credit: Oren Ziv, from Activestills