the Ma'aleh school of television, film & the arts, Jerusalem

Coming of Age

16

2003 Documentary |
Director: 
Katie Green
Two Jewish boys and two Muslim boys are sharing a room at a boarding school in Jerusalem. All are 16 years old . David, from an orthodox Jewish home, wants to give up religion. Mohammad, a...
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71 Square Meters

2010 Drama |
Director: 
Eliran Malka
Sometimes you have to leave in order to come back. You have to forget in order to remember. Chezi goes to his deceased parents' house the day before the bulldozers will raze it to the ground. It is...
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A Story about Rain

2013 Drama |
Director: 
Bracha Yaniger
In a world without rain, an artistic couple discovers that they have the power to create water. The man’s special powers challenge the couple’s relationship.
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A STREET ALLEGORY

2016 Experimental |
Director: 
Matan Pinkas
A psychological and emotional journey that takes place in the interiors and exteriors of the city of Jerusalem. The film's young protagonist searches for his inner voice while the world around him...
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A Visit to My Parents

2013 Documentary |
Director: 
Alon Rabinovich
An evil spirit descends on my small, warm family. My father became a religious Jew. My mother converted to Christianity. My sister is married to a non-Jew and my father rejects her and the family. I...
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A Woman's Voice

2003 Drama |
Director: 
Ayelet Estreicher
Tali, a student and substitute mother to her little brother, has an exceptionally beautiful voice, and a talent for performing. In the religious world however, singing in public by women is...
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Almost Liam

2018 Documentary |
Director: 
Sapir Rokach
Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Liam came out as transgender while he was serving as a woman soldier in the IDF. In this film, which includes his private videos documenting some of the most...
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And Thou Shalt Love

2007 Drama |
Director: 
Chaim Elbaum
*Adult Subject Matter Ohad, who is studying in the special "Hesder" program for orthodox soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, experiences profound loneliness while he conceals from others that he...
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Broken Heart

2011 Documentary |
Director: 
Efrat Kaufman
Shirley, a 23 year old blogger, spends months in hospital waiting for a new heart. While she waits, she learns about the meaning of getting and giving.
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Cornerstone

2013 Drama |
Director: 
David Tauber
In yeshiva when you’re hungry eat. When you’re tired sleep. If you’re not hungry or tired, sit and learn. If you’re not learning, what are you doing here? What happens when you are stuck between...
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Cracks

2009 Drama |
Director: 
Erez Hadad
Aaron decides to stay behind at the Yeshiva one weekend, when all his friends have left to go home. He is surprised by the arrival of his father, with whom he has had no contact for some time. The...
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Eicha

2001 Drama |
Director: 
Laizy Shapira
A multiple prizewinner and directed by "Srugim" creator Laizy Shapira, "Eicha" is the story of religious girl whose unusual name, Eicha, (the Hebrew title of the Biblical scroll of Lamentations)...
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Father (Bringing the Wind)

2013 Drama |
Director: 
Noam Keidar
Eyal returns home from a trip to India. While traveling he has made the decision to become religiously observant. Initially he delays revealing this to his family but soon he can no longer hide it...
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Full of Life

2007 Drama |
Director: 
Tamar Ben-Baruch
Twelve-year-old Roni is sent by her mother to a weight-loss summer camp for fat children - the "Full of Life" camp. Roni, who is angry and rebellious, would normally find solace in the swimming pool...
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Good Guy

2011 Drama |
Director: 
Noam Yellinek
A young yeshiva student falls in love with a beautiful young Indian caregiver in his grandfather's house.
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Hello Ya'akov, Hello Malka

2001 Documentary |
Director: 
Ophir Shteinbaum
My special needs brother Elad is now 19. My parents are finding it harder and harder to take care of him, but as they begin to look for sheltered accommodation for him, they begin to realize how...
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I'm Ready

2009 Drama |
Director: 
Esther Siton-Katz
The special relationship between an elderly father and his Down's syndrome son breaks down when the father's memory begins to fail due to the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The collapse of their...
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In Silence

2011 Drama |
Director: 
Tom Dadon-MIshaly
Tamar, a well adjusted 17-year old from a happy home, is raped at the religious girls' high school where she is a student. She becomes withdrawn and hostile, mystifying her parents who assume that...
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Kaparot

2006 Drama |
Director: 
Keren Hakak
Liat, a young woman from a traditional home, seeks independence and a new identity while she fixes up her rooftop apartment in Jerusalem. Liat has left home partly to distance herself from the heavy...
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Keeper of the Covenant

2010 Drama |
Director: 
Yosef Noble
Matan's Bar Mitzva is two days away, the day he will become a man. For the past few months he was been disturbed by erotic dreams. Matters are made worse when Matan turns to a website for advice.
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My Father's Son

2018 Documentary |
Director: 
Hillel Rate
A shy 36 year old man lives together with his charismatic and elderly father in a small apartment. Together they pursue a religious, frugal way of life and rarely seek the company of others. But the...
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Passenger

2013 Drama |
Director: 
Eliya Tauber
Nitzan, a young girl who feels out of step with her life, wants nothing to do with anyone. After behaving badly during an event at high school, she boards a bus and wishes only to be left alone for...
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Separation

2007 Drama |
Director: 
Tsofnat David
During the Sabbath, 12-year-old Noa discovers that her parents are planning to divorce. In order to try and prevent this, and to protect her younger brother, Noa takes dramatic action which in the...
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Stand At Ease

2005 Drama |
Director: 
Eighteen-year-old Noah is religious and torn between two worlds: his militaristic group of friends in the settlement where he lives and the rock band in which he is a drummer. When he gets a callup...
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Swamp

2000 Drama |
Director: 
Yifat Stein Orenstein
Yael, a 25 year old young woman raised on a religious Moshav, yearns for her own piece of land. Her father meanwhile, has been waiting for years for the oldest son Eli, to come home and take over...
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Sweet Sins

2012 Documentary |
Director: 
Renana Herman
A revealing portrait of the head of an orthodox family still searching for religious identity and of his daughter, the director who is rediscovering him.
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Tainted

2005 Drama |
Director: 
Elkie Hershberg
Esther and Rachel are living in a shelter for ultra-orthodox women who have gotten pregnant before marriage. A special bond is forged between the two women, one of whom is extrovert and one of whom...
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The Diary

2000 Drama |
Director: 
Tami Avnon
Benzi is a 13 year old boy who is due to read segments of his dead brother's diary at the memorial ceremony. But Benzi loses the diary beforehand and is at a loss as to what to do.
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The Divide

2011 Drama |
Director: 
Tzvi Yehuda Herling
Kobi has joined the army despite his parents' opposition. He returns to his home in the hills of Samaria for Shabbat just before he is to be given the award for Outstanding Soldier at an upcoming IDF...
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THE GRAVEDIGGER'S DAUGHTER

2016 Drama |
Director: 
Shira Gabay
Esther's father was a gravedigger who in his last will and testament left only one significant request: that one of his sons continue with his profession. None of his sons have the slightest interest...
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The Rabbi's Daughter

2011 Documentary |
Director: 
Racheli Vasserman
The story of three daughters of rabbis, directed by the daughter of a rabbi. The four women have chosen a different path than that of their parents. Now they face inner dilemmas, communal censure and...
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The Ranch

2004 Drama |
Director: 
Ohad Domb
David is the owner of a ranch in a remote settlement that will soon be evacuated by the army. He has already experienced eviction from the Sinai in 1982, and this time he has decided to give in...
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The Strength to Tell

2013 Documentary |
Director: 
Noam Demsky
The film follows the experiences of a group of "at risk" Jerusalem teenagers, who as part of the Martef drama therapy program are asked to interview the last surviving witnesses of the 1961 Eichmann...
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Tofu

2004 Drama |
Director: 
Orit Ben Hur-Raz
Michael, a dreamy ,sensitive 13 year old, is named after his uncle who fell in the Yom Kippur War. On the morning of Memorial Day he travels with his father and elder brother to Jerusalem, to...
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Who is Coming to Daddy?

2011 Drama |
Director: 
Danny Tzur
The Heart of the Desert. Two brothers decide to go on a snap line in the dessert, on their mother's memorial day. The presence of their father, who is waiting for them at the bottom of the hill, is...
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Yotam

2009 Drama |
Director: 
Yehonadav Friedman
Yotam is a ten year old boy from Jerusalem who is trying with all his might to take care of his divorced and emotionally fragile mother. In a moment of crisis he flees to his father's new home and...
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