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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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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-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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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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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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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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Doda Diya

2000 Documentary |
Director: 
Moshe Huri
I’ve been living with my aunt (Doda) Diya for six months now and that’s what she says every time I complain I’m a penniless student. Doda Diya, a widow who leads a simple life, had waited 40 years to...
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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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Elyokim

2003 Drama |
Director: 
Miri Bocker
Elyokim, who is ultra-orthodox and a brilliant talmudic student, is in love with Rachel, the daughter of his Rabbi. The social conventions which govern Elyokim's world means he will never be formally...
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Evacuation Order

2001 Drama |
Director: 
Shoshi Grinfeld
On a little hilltop in the Samarian hills, a pretty young settler lives alone in her caravan. A man and woman soldier are sent to inform her that the caravan is illegal and is being dismantled. The...
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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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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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Hammetz

2001 Drama |
Director: 
Itzik Yuval
It is Passover eve, a few hours before the festival is due to begin. The famous Israeli football team Maccabi Tel Aviv is due to play the semi final against Barcelona. Rubi, a divorced 45 year old...
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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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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'll See You Again

2013 Documentary |
Director: 
Achva Hershtik
Grandma Rebecca is forced to leave her home and memories and move in with her children and grandchildren. The separation from her home and her life is unbearably hard. Her family guides her with love...
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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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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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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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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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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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Revival

2003 Documentary |
Director: 
Sarit Ashkenazi Levi
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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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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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Seven Stories

2002 Documentary |
Director: 
Aliza Binyamin Gliss
From an apartment block in the "Nahalat Shiva" neighborhood in Jerusalem, the director brings to the screen the many different stories of the residents, of whom she herself is one. The residents come...
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Sharks in the Galilee Sea

2000 Documentary |
Director: 
Gil Mezuman
The arguments at Bat Sheva's sewing class are getting more violent. The local elections make everybody hot-tempered. Who will be mayor? Zvika Cohen, the "Shas" representative who's been deputy mayor...
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SHELL

2016 Documentary |
Director: 
Hagai Adorian
Ariel, a young veteran combat medic, is unable to the dispel terrible images of war that keep replaying themselves in his head. He drives aimlessly around the countryside, eating and sleeping in his...
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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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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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Taken

2016 Drama |
Director: 
Hadas Yona
Pretty young Yuval imprisons the man who once sexually assaulted her in her apartment. A dark and dramatic game ensues in which the outcome is less critical than Yuval's realization that, as a rape...
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The Breakfast Parliament

2010 Documentary |
Director: 
Golan Rise
Every morning, veteran members of Kibbutz Ein Tzurim get together in the empty dining room. Here their "parliament" reverently discusses the inner politics, gossip, and agricultural developments of...
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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 French Revolution

2015 Drama |
Director: 
Hai Afik
A noisy disturbance from some youths on the street erupts into Noni and Tamar’s home, shattering their evening. The violence that ensues raises questions for both of them about fear and ethics,...
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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 Orthodox Way

2004 Drama |
Director: 
Ilan Eshkoli
Eli, who is single, goes out on a blind date to please his aunt. But everything that could possibly go wrong, does, and Eli and his date spend a bizarre evening driving around the streets of...
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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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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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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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Union Street

2013 Documentary |
Director: 
Matan Pinkas
A young activist who is also a filmmaker begins a personal campaign to elect the head of Histadrut Street, a small road in the center of Jerusalem. The very concept and the campaign disrupt the daily...
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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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Welcome Home, Mani

2007 Documentary |
Director: 
Chaim Elbaum
Rachel and Mani, after 51 years of marriage, are holding out against all odds. Mani has had a stroke, and the couple are struggling with disability, loneliness, and powerlessness. Every day Rachel...
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White Mist

2014 Documentary |
Director: 
Itaay Netzer
The dark apartment is filled with memories of their life together, Yizhak and Brut. One is a verteran immigrant from the Former Soviet Union, the other a small, black bouncy dog. Brut has a tumor on...
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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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Yan's Tea House

1998 Documentary |
Director: 
"Yan’s Tea House” is not just the place where I worked as a waitress. The place represented something that I had not previously encountered in Israeli society. There I came to know Dahar, the...
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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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Your Sweet Light

2015 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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