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

Parents & Children

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 Little Bit Different

2004 Drama |
Director: 
Racheli Sheinfeld Gadot
Chava, an ultra-orthodox young woman, called off her engagement a year ago. Now a new match has been suggested for her. The introduction is made, but Chava experiences a sharp disappointment. Can she...
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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 Walled Garden

2013 Documentary |
Director: 
Efrat Cohen
Efrat, a religious woman who grew up in the secular world, is married to a young rabbi and raising three small daughters. Curiosity draws her to the walled garden of the St. Clare monastery in...
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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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A-Maiseh

2004 Drama |
Director: 
Yitzik Sverdlov
The warm relationship between Mendel, an elderly Holocaust survivor, and his Filipino caretaker, Jose, is tested when Jose does not have a work permit and the police begin searching the neighborhood...
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Army Dad

2006 Drama |
Director: 
On the exact date that Gideon, a tough young officer in the IDF, needs to prepare his recruits for a parade, his wife decides to bring their 6-year-old son to the base and leave him there. The clash...
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Barriers

2012 Drama |
Director: 
Golan Rise
Uri, a young officer, together with two soldiers under his command, is manning a checkpoint. Two women from the "Watch” organization are filming events at the checkpoint. Uri receives an order to...
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By Way of the Wadi

2001 Documentary |
Director: 
Bilha Bachrach
Ohad was murdered by terrorists at Wadi Qelt, a nature reserve of exceptional beauty and home to a nubmer of Christian monasteries, not far from Jerusalem. Five years later, the director Bilha...
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Changes

2004 Documentary |
Director: 
Avishag Elbaz
Life has changed beyond recognition for Aviva and Avram Herzlich after the murder of their daughter, Talia, and her husband Binyamin Ze'ev Kahana. They have left their beautiful home in the North and...
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Come Back Shulamit

2005 Drama |
Director: 
Sheva Shrader-Sabag
On the way ot a fitting for her wedding dress, Shulamit is involved in a car accident which results in amnesia. Shulamit can remember nothing related to her fiance or to her upcoming wedding. The...
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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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Daddy Bird

2010 Drama |
Director: 
Eliav Mason
Tomer is 8 years old. His father, Eli, is an air-force pilot. Eli and his friends know how to fly airplanes, how to navigate by the stars, and how to fight in the air. This is the stuff of bedtime...
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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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First Time Home

2004 Documentary |
Director: 
Elkie Hershberg
The personal diary of the director, Elkie, in the first year of her marriage. She and her husband, Avi, are from completely different home backgrounds. Elkie is the only child of a single mother who...
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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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Happy Hanukah Bodenheimer

2012 Drama |
Director: 
Hadas Dissen
Two young brothers struggle with a promise:"When the Messiah comes, the dead will ariseand your father will come home.”
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HappyMess

2001 Documentary |
Director: 
Shai, the twin brother of the director, suddenly announces out of the blue that he will be marrying his girlfriend. From that point on our family becomes enmeshed in conflict and chaos about when the...
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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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House 103

2005 Documentary |
Director: 
Ohad Domb
August 2005. The Tal family are living out their final moments in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. "Disengagement”, Ariel Sharon's political plan to evict the 22 Jewish communities of the Gaza...
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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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Ma Nishtanah

2012 Drama |
Director: 
Eliraz Shohat
Passover eve. The last of the Hametz is burned. The burden of emotion is heavy for a mother and daughter who must wrestle with the pain of a father and brother now gone, and with their loneliness.
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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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Oshri

2018 Drama |
Director: 
Lihi Sabag
One morning Sima leaves the women’s shelter where she lives and makes a mysterious visit to a pre-school, where she gains entry under false pretences. There she attempts to deliver a birthday present...
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People

1996 Drama |
Director: 
A Holocaust survivor and his son, shut themselves in their home out of fear of the outside world. The boy lives a life of fear and solitude, peopled with interest and imagination. One day, when his...
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Persian Lullaby

2010 Drama |
Director: 
Keren Hakak
Dafna, the 40-year old single mother of a newborn boy, arrives at her parents’ home a few days before her baby’s brit (circumcision). Her father, an elderly Persian Jew, repeatedly snubs Dafna,...
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Point of Light

2012 Documentary |
Director: 
Ariel Chen
Love and terror, life and death, commitment and the longing for a child shape the first two years of marriage for the director and his wife.
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Refrain

2018 Drama |
Director: 
Calanit Tayar
Ever since Liat's mother taught her to play piano as a child, her life has revolved around music. Now, as a young adult and with her mother long gone, she begins the process of auditioning for the...
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Related

2000 Drama |
Director: 
Renanit Parshani
Bebi, Neta' grandmother, has Alzheimer's disease. The woman Neta most loves in the world is disappearing, and Neta must cope with this new reality. Neta also has to cope with her mother Chana, and...
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Saving Private Finkelstein

2001 Documentary |
Director: 
Laizy Shapira
Who would believe that the bite of a small dog would lead to the unfolding of a chain of events resulting in the discovery of Private Finkelstien's grave in a British War Ceremony in Israel? Who is...
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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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Shira

2009 Drama |
Director: 
Miryam Adler
Shira, the mother of five children, lives in a religious community. Her husband's expectation is that she will continue to bring children into the world. Shira begins to collapse under the stress of...
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Sister of Mine

2012 Drama |
Director: 
Oshrat Meirovitch
Like all young ultra-orthodox girls, Ruchi, the favorite daughter of a Jerusalem family, dreams of becoming a wife and mother. But the fact that Ruchi's younger sister has Down's syndrome makes Ruchi...
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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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The Blessing Inside

2003 Experimental |
Director: 
This experimental film delves into the emotional world of a woman about to undergo a hysterectomy. In this time of stress and uncertainty her thoughts flow back to the safety she felt as a small...
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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 Dream Factory

2016 Other |
Director: 
Michal Pinsky-Gross
Ben is a technical illustrator who spends his days drawing nuts and bolts and his nights painting colors and dreams. His ambition to publish his comic book meets with frustration and failure until...
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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 Little Dictator

2015 Drama |
Director: 
Nurith Cohn
Yossi Kleinmann, a dull history professor and expert on the political leaders of totalitarian regimes, feels unappreciated both by his students and his domineering wife. One weekend, at the 90th...
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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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Three Mothers

2004 Documentary |
Director: 
Gitit Persky
The director, a new mother herself, seeks out motherhood in its different forms. She meets Shelley, who got pregnant in high school and refused to give up her baby for adoption. Shelley, now in her...
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Torn

2000 Drama |
Director: 
Eyal, who is religious, lives with his non-religious girlfriend Tal, but hides the fact from his parents. When they find out, Eyal's mother, a fierce activist in the National Religious Party, is...
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Until the Wedding

2003 Documentary |
Director: 
Ayelet Giladi Bitan
Ayelet is getting married nine months after Yuval, her brother, has died in a hiking accident. Ayelet begins to understand that, despite the happiness her family feels for her, she has placed them,...
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Vienna. An End

2002 Documentary |
Director: 
Idit Gan Zvi
A woman who has lived in Vienna for over 50 years is about to leave her home for Israel, where her children and grandchildren live. The film focuses on her last week in Vienna: packing, saying...
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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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