Past Festivals - 2020 Events

Shorts Program 3: Introspection
The Q+A for this event will take place in HEBREW

Shorts program featuring Image of Victory, White Eye, and Home Constructors.

Streaming Dec 3, 10AM – Dec 10, 11:59PM EST

Q+A in HEBREW: Sun, Dec 6, 6PM EST.

Shorts Program 2: Encounters

Shorts Program featuring the films The PresentSofa So GoodCinema Rex.

Streaming Dec 3, 10AM – Dec 10, 11:59PM

Q+A: Sat, Dec 5, 4PM EST

Shorts Program 1: Others in Israel

Shorts program featuring the films Birth RightJegnaShlomoWhite EyeHome Constructors.

Streaming Dec 3, 10AM – Dec 10, 11:59PM EST

Q+A: Sat, Dec 5, 12PM EST

Sam Spiegel Film School Shorts

Shorts from the Sam Spiegel Film School. Films include Soft Grass, Swing, and Listening In.

Streaming Dec 3, 10AM – Dec 10, 11:59PM EST.

Q+A: Sat, Dec 5, 2PM EST

Mayor Q+A
Screening + Q+A with director David Osit

Q+A with David Osit, moderated by Batya Ungar Sargon, Opinion Editor of The Forward

Film available to rent through Film Form starting Dec 2. Click here to rent the film.

Dir. David Osit, Palestine/US | 2020 | 87 min
Mayor is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city’s Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine.
Rich with detailed observation and humor, Mayor offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness and absurdity of endless occupation while posing a question: how do you run a city when you don’t have a country?

In partnership with Film Forum

Druze Cooking with Gazala - Shabbat Dinner

Join us for a unique and flavorful exclusive cooking event and prepare your Shabbat meal with Druze-Israeli Chef Gazala Halabi. Hear about this community’s traditions and learn how to prepare a dish in an interactive virtual session. In partnership with Gazala’s and nourished by OneTable.
A recipe and ingredient list will be sent in advance of the event.

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Chag HaChagim Celebration

Join us for a special performance celebrating Chag HaChagim, the Festival of Holidays, which is celebrated every December in Haifa, Israel. Together with musicians of the three Abrahamic religions, we will recreate this unique experience bringing together people of different faiths in celebration of Chanukah, Christmas, and Ramadan with music and song. Presented in partnership with the Other Israel Film Festival in celebration of the first night of Chanukah. 

Thu, Dec 10, 6 pm, Free 

Asher's Command play reading + Q+A
A recording of a play reading and live Q+A with director Navid Negahban

A story of friendship between an Arab mechanic and an Israeli young man, who over time is promoted to the position of commander of the West Bank. A clash between settlers and Palestinians threatens this friendship and forces them to reconcile with the powers around them.

Inspired by a New York Times article from 1988 regarding an incident that took place in the occupied territories. The Times changed the article three times due to inaccuracies. This inspired writer Marilyn Felt to travel to the West Bank and conduct in-person interviews with the individuals affected by this incident. Asher’s Command is the result of those interviews and is ultimately a story of love, fear, destruction and hope; when unwavering ideology means the loss of family and home.

Recording of the play reading available Dec 3, 10AM – Dec 10, 11:45PM EST
Live Zoom Q+A on Sun, Dec 6, 12PM EST with director/actor Navid Neghaban, moderated by Orin Wolf.

Arabic as a Cultural Bridge
Language class with the Abraham Initiatives - FREE

The Abraham Initiatives will host an introductory Arabic class with May Arow, The Abraham Initiatives’ Director of Language Programs. Experience the power of language instruction to open a door Arab culture and society in Israel. May will give participants a taste of the introductory Arabic courses she runs for Israeli newsrooms, mayors and city council members, academic staff on Israeli campuses, and other key Israeli institutions.