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

Women

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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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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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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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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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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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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Hallel

2001 Drama |
Director: 
Liat Vagshel Cohen
As the result of a small car accident, Yael, an orthodox married woman undergoing fertility treatment, meets the young secular owner of a bookstore. Through her new friendship with him, she is drawn...
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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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Revival

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

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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