Past Festivals - 2023 Films

Opening Night: The Future
2023 | 80 minutes | Narrative
Director: Noam Kaplan

In the near future, Israeli scientist Nurit (Reymond Amsalem) has created a groundbreaking algorithm designed to prevent future violent attacks. But her system fails when Yaffa (Samar Qupty), a young Palestinian woman from the occupied West Bank, assassinates the Israeli minister of Space and Tourism. In order to fix the bugs in her algorithm, Nurit faces the assassin in person. As the sessions between these two brilliant women raise questions about their pasts, Nurit begins to question her future.

2022 | 78 minutes
Director: Zohar Wagner

Filmmaker Zohar Wagner tells the story of Kochava Levy (Dana Igvy), a young woman of Yemeni descent who served as mediator between Palestinian attackers and the IDF while being held hostage in Tel Aviv—during the night of the deadly 1975 Hotel Savoy terror attack. Over the course of one night, she transformed herself into a fearless heroine and formed an unlikely connection with one of the attackers. The film intertwines rare archival materials that were never released with reenacted scenes from the night of the attack.

Madrasa (TV Series)
2023 | 25 minutes | Narrative
Director: Guri Alfi

A comedy television series set at a bilingual Jewish-Arab high school in Israel. This unique setting serves as the background for many challenges, dilemmas, and conflicts that the students, teachers, and parents deal with throughout the episodes. The children studying at Madrasa are learning how to break down age-old walls of suspicion, racism, and hostility.

East Side (TV Series)
2023 | 45 minutes | Narrative
Director: Evgeny Ruman

A new television series about Momi Ben Dahan (Yehuda Levi), a former Secret Service agent who now works as a land agent, brokering sketchy property deals in East Jerusalem between its Arab residents and the right-wing Jewish groups trying to take over. Though the deals are politically volatile, Momi is motivated by something more personal.

2022 | 100 minutes
Director: Guy Davidi

Young Israelis know what awaits them when they turn 18—they’ll have to serve in the army. And in Israel, military service often means actual combat and the risk that you won’t survive. Diary excerpts written by young people who died while in service, read by voice actors, express their struggle with the imposed violence that leaves no room for their own principles, and their fears and thwarted plans for the future. This documentary brings us inside childhood and adolescence in a militarized and war-torn culture. Directed by Academy Award nominee Guy Davidi.

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Mediterranean Fever
2022 | 108 minutes | Narrative
Director: Maha Haj

Forty-year-old Waleed, a Palestinian living in Haifa with his wife and two children, is a struggling writer with depression. When he meets his new neighbor Jalal, a small-time crook, the two men form an unexpected friendship and become inseparable. This dark comedy won a prize for best screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.

Children of Peace
2022 | 58 minutes | Documentary
Director: Maayan Schwartz

In 1970s Israel, a group of dreamers founded a utopian Palestinian-Israeli village as a social experiment, and challenged everything they knew about their nationalities and histories. In Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, Israelis and Palestinians live side by side, learn together, and share languages. The film follows the children who were raised in this unique environment, set apart from the rest of Israeli and Palestinian societies. Now adults, these “children of peace” are facing the harsh realities of the outside conflict, and are asking themselves the hardest question of all: Is coexistence possible? This poignant film is a personal account of a revolutionary ecosystem.

The Checkpoint Women: Memories
2023 | 60 minutes | Documentary
Director: Eliezer Yaari

In 2001, a group of Israeli women, most of them in their sixties, established Machsom Watch (Checkpoint Watch), an organization dedicated to guarding the human rights of Palestinians who must regularly pass through checkpoints between Israel and the West Bank. For years, these women documented the troubling activity taking place at the checkpoints, giving viewers a never-before-seen look at the occupation. As the women revisit the footage from the checkpoints, this moving film showcases those who stood at the heart of the conflict, exposing the daily struggle of Palestinians living under occupation.

Seven Blessings
111 minutes
Director: Ayelet Menahemi

Marie was just two years old when her mother gifted her to her infertile sister, a common Moroccan custom at the time. Forty years later, Marie returns to Israel for her wedding and to be walked down the aisle by both of her “mothers”. Her large family prepares for the Seven Blessings tradition, a week of festive meals in honor of the bride. But Marie has also come to open old wounds. Along these seven days, secrets resurface and the celebration turns into a bittersweet explosion of food, fury and belated forgiveness. Israel’s official entry to the 2024 Academy Awards.

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Mourning in Lod
2023 | 73 minutes | Documentary
Director: Hilla Medalia

This documentary follows the fates of three families in the Israeli city of Lod, where Israelis and Palestinians live side by side. The families are inextricably intertwined in a vicious cycle of violence and live in a state of seemingly endless mourning. An outpouring of love, anger, and forgiveness offers a glimpse of light. From the director of Dancing in Jaffa.

2022 | 109 minutes | Narrative
Director: Firas Khoury

In a Palestinian town in Israel, 17-year-old Tamer and his friends are like any other group of teenage boys. They clumsily search for drugs, flirt with girls, play video games, and slack off at school. When politically-engaged Maysaa’ joins their class, Tamer falls for her and is drawn into her activism. As Israel’s Independence Day approaches, the teens grapple with their history; for Palestinians, it’s a day of mourning. Tamer joins Maysaa’ in an operation to covertly raise the Palestinian flag and peacefully disrupt the celebrations. Torn between his growing political convictions and his safety, Tamer must quickly determine what matters to him.

2023 | 84 minutes | Documentary
Director: Erin Axelman, Sam Eilertsen

When two young American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel witness the brutal way Israel treats Palestinians, their lives take sharp left turns. They join a movement of young American Jews battling the old guard to redefine Judaism’s relationship with Israel, revealing a deepening generational divide over modern Jewish identity.

A Gaza Weekend
2022 | 90 minutes | Narrative
Director: Basil Khalil

Israel is on lockdown after the outbreak of a deadly virus and ironically, Gaza has become the safest place in the region, leaving a British journalist (Stephen Mangan, Episodes) and his Israeli girlfriend (Mouna Hawa, Fauda, In Between) trapped on the wrong side of the border. Desperate, they turn to two Palestinian street merchants who promise a way out in exchange for much-needed cash. What follows is a hilarious culture clash comedy-adventure as the couple desperately tries everything to get back home.

Egypt, A Love Song
2022 | 74 minutes
Director: Iris Zaki

In 1940s Egypt, Souad Zaki was a popular Jewish-Arab singer married to a renowned Muslim musician. After her husband abandoned her and their child, Souad was forced to flee to Israel and make ends meet working as a domestic cleaner. Souad’s granddaughter Iris tells her tempestuous story in a hybrid cinematic project that crosses nations, cultures, and generations.

The Taste of Apples Is Red
2022 | 83 minutes | Narrative
Director: Ehab Tarabieh

In the Druze mountain villages between Syria and Israel, Kamel, a respected sheik, must make an impossible decision between family and duty when his estranged brother returns to the Golan Heights after 47 years in exile. A gripping debut from Druze filmmaker Ehab Tarabieh.

Closing Night: The Other
2023 | 104 min minutes
Director: Joy Sela

This documentary takes a deep look into the entrenched divisions and connections between Israelis and Palestinians, who are taught to see each other as the ultimate “other.” The film features peace-builders, anti-occupation activists, ex-fighters, bereaved parents, refugees, and many more living the reality on the ground. It offers an inside look at the people behind the headlines who have grown up with contradictory narratives and have only known each other through hate, inequality, and violence. As people on both sides of the conflict meet with “the other,” they reckon with the trauma and fear that they’ve inherited—and hope to transcend.