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

A Question of Faith

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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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782 Until Further Notice

2001 Documentary |
Director: 
Naama Marinberg
My cousin Yifat, her husband Yedidia and their three little boys live on a remote mountain, 782 meters above sea level, in the West Bank. The nearest Jewish settlement, Itamar, is 15 minutes away...
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A Jerusalem Tale

2007 Drama |
Director: 
Tehila Wiesenberg-Kaiser
Lazer and Baila Hirsch, an older orthodox couple who have emigrated to Israel from America, struggle with financial hardship and general misfortune. Lazer, a Bretzlav Hassid, finds that his capacity...
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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 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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Addes

2005 Documentary |
Director: 
Avital Livneh-Levi
The renovations of a 100-year-old Jerusalem synagogue on the occasion of its upcoming centennial celebrations ignite a conflict over old and new, identity and obliteration of memory, the living and...
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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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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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Cohen's Wife

2000 Drama |
Director: 
*Adult Subject Matter After being raped by a stranger, a young ultra-orthodox woman awaits a Rabbinical decision about whether or not her husband should divorce her. Jewish law states that "If the...
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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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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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Four Men Entered the Grove

1998 Documentary |
Director: 
Avigail Sperber
Four men, one experience and a fate already known. One cast a look and died, one looked and was hurt, one turned his back on his roots, and only one entered well and came out well. An experimental...
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Fragments of a Dream

1995 Documentary |
Director: 
Yakov Friedland
"Fragments of a Dream” is a futuristic drama about a religious family living in Judea-Samaria in a period when the fate of the settlements is uncertain. The film expresses the changes occurring in...
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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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Hanna is Beautiful

2015 Documentary |
Director: 
Shira Meishar
Hanna, a special needs 37-year-old who shows a moving and philosophical insight into her situation, lives in protective housing, following her daily routine and hoping for love. Earning well below...
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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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It Happened After the Spring

2001 Documentary |
Director: 
Menora Katzover Hazoni
"In the Spring I bought myself a camera. The whole of our settlement was in bloom right then, so I filmed butterflies and flowers. But then everything changed, and there were other things to film."...
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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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Mousseiyoff 9

1999 Documentary |
Director: 
Azarya Hammer
Everyday, at about 11 o’clock in the morning, next to Shlomo’s Felafel stand in the Bukharim neighborhood, a queue forms. Almost everyone here knows everyone, and everyone knows Hanna. This is the...
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One Too Many

2005 Drama |
Director: 
Shaiya Bernstein
30 year old Kobi is married to Rachel, who's been in a coma for 4 years following an accident. Kobi uses a little known loophole in Jewish Law - the signatures of 100 Rabbis - in order to marry again...
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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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Possessed

2018 Drama |
Director: 
Ariel Pariente
In the Israel of the nineties, Sami is the young son of Jewish Tunisian immigrants. Sami feels belittled by the attention lavished on his younger brother, Yudeh. One day the father insists that Sami...
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Revival

2003 Documentary |
Director: 
Sarit Ashkenazi Levi
This film is not available through the website at this time.
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Revival

2013 Drama |
Director: 
Nadav Lazare
Hemi, a 60 year old Jewish sudies teacher, discovers that the punk band his wife used to play in when she was young is getting back together. As the band reunion approaches, echoes of the wild past...
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Rosenzweig Born to Dance

2007 Documentary |
Director: 
Keren Hakak
Avigdor is a tap dancer. In Auschwitz-Birkenau his dancing saved his life. Today, he is 88 and lives in a retirement home. When Avigdor dances on the parquet floor of his room, he laughs until he's...
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Sarah

1998 Drama |
Director: 
One day Sarah decides to stimulate Abraham’s love for her, and instigates a shared night for him and Hagar, the maidservant. The results of this night apparently were not taken into account. Sarah...
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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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Shira & Fetti Don't Live Here Anymore

2001 Documentary |
Director: 
In the light of the political events of 2000, Shira and Yehoshafat (Fatti), together with their one year old son, find themselves evicted from their settlement farm. This non-political film attempts...
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SHMELKY

2018 Other |
Director: 
Raanan Rosenbaum
Children's TV star Shmelky the Jewish Puppet comes to the realization that he wants to make a change and become a serious, respected theater actor. After his dream doesn't go as planned he embarks on...
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Singing Through Our Tears

2003 Documentary |
Director: 
Aurital Maizel Bitton
A group of English-speaking women from Gush Etzion decide to take a novel approach to the numerous Intifada attacks in the area: they will cope by writing a bibilical musical - the story of Esther...
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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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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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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 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 First Night

2005 Drama |
Director: 
Adult Subject Matter 20 year old Emunah, an orthodox bride, accompanies her new husband to their new home on the night of the wedding. Emunah awaits the wedding night with hesitations and...
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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 Stone Garden

2004 Documentary |
Director: 
Miri Bocker
After the funerals are done, in the quiet, Jerusalem's Har haMenuchot cemetery comes to life with the people whose grief and loneliness has turned them into daily visitors there. This documentary...
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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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Thy Face

2007 Documentary |
Director: 
Orit Rosenberg
It's the summer of 2005 and in their little house in Homesh Yael and Nitay sing, cry and shout. Shortly, soldiers will come and evict them from their home as part of the Disengagement Plan. Two years...
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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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Wall, Crevice, Tear

2015 Other |
Director: 
Tehila Raanan
A lyrical, poetic look at the women’s section of the Western Wall. Judaism, Christianity, piety and secularism appear at the wall night and day, rain or shine. With a hypnotic and stylized...
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Willingly

2007 Drama |
Director: 
Pazit Lichtman-Epstein
Yoni and Michal, who have been married for only a year, arrive at the Rabbinate to formalize their divorce. The two expereince different emotions while wating in line, and the ceremony has an outcome...
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Your Sweet Light

2013 Documentary |
Director: 
Noam Keidar
A young couple from Tekoa establishes a Jewish home in India for backpackers. The camera follows the dramatic turns in their relationship that result their work. It is an intense film about ideology...
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