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Bringing Film to Israel

Lia van Leer (born Greenberg), founder of the Haifa Cinematheque, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Israel Film Archive, and the Jerusalem Film Festival, was born in Moldova on this date in 1924. Both of her parents and her grandmother were murdered by the Nazis before she emigrated to Jerusalem in 1943. In 1952, she married Wim van Leer, a […]

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Three Israeli Films to Watch For

by Tony Wohlfarth The Other Israel Film Festival takes place in New York on December 1 – 8  at the Upper West Side JCC  and at other locations in Manhattan and the Bronx. Film screenings are complemented by Q&A sessions, guest speakers, panel discussions and music at the eight day event (www.otherisrael.org). In this column, […]

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Tikkun, the Movie

by Ralph Seliger Reviewed in this essay: Tikkun, a new film by Avishai Sivan. TIKKUN is a well-made, well-acted film that’s difficult to watch — at times painfully so. It is not about the kind of social change that the kabbalistic term, tikkun olam, has come to mean in Jewish liberal circles. Instead, the film […]

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Channel Esther: What It Takes to Get a Gett

by Esther Cohen GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM is a 2014 Israeli-French drama film directed by a brother and sister, Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. The film was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards (this February 22nd), but was not nominated by the Academy of […]

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When Iraq’s Jews Were Forced Out

A Film That Dramatizes Their Exile by Myriam Miedzian Reviewed in this essay: The Dove Flyer, directed by Nissim Dayan. Written by Nissim Dayan & Eli Amir. United King Films, 2013, 108 minutes.   THE DOVE FLYER, aka Farewell Baghdad, was shown at the November 2014 Other Israel Film Festival at the JCC of the […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Women in the IDF

by Mitchell Abidor Reviewed in this essay: Zero Motivation, a film by Talia Lavie TALIA LAVIE’S DELIGHTFUL FILM about life in the IDF, Zero Motivation, is a radical change from the films we usually see about Israel. The soldiers featured in this film are neither conscientious heroes nor rage-filled brutes. Lavie instead takes us to […]

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