Thank you for coming out and making it a wonderful festival in these difficult times...
we leave you with one more bonus short and ask you to support our Israel Emergency Fund
The true story of two boys kidnapped from Kibbutz Nir Oz
Yagil and Or were returned home on November 27th!
*New short added to the Israel collection - see below
Ben plants a tree on the street in front of his house in Neve Sha’anan, a migrant neighborhood in the south of Tel Aviv. The district is on the up, and Ben has bought and upgraded a flat here together with his partner Raz. This couple now enjoys a settled existence ready to tackle their desire to have children. One day, when a neighbourly conflict escalates over the tree he has planted, Ben's life goes into a turmoil. Idan Haguel portrays a gay middle-class couple whose desire for self-realization begins to narrow their worldview, bringing deep-seated prejudices to light. A deftly told parable about the mechanisms of gentrification which, with a hint of satire, raises an uncomfortable question, namely: exactly how tolerant are we?
Follow in the footsteps of faith seekers who are on a mission to find their connection to Judaism. All are searching for identity and connection. By following their conversion process, we meet their teachers, families and are vicariously exposed to Judaism's rich customs and traditions.
Diana from Costa Rica found out about her Spanish-Portuguese Jewish roots from a high school genealogy project. Adam from Toronto was raised as a Pentecostal Christian but started questioning his beliefs as a teenager. Bianka from Warsaw wanted community and an intellectual approach to spirituality.
Across the Line - 29 min Hananel, a young religious Jew, is hurrying home for Shabbat. An unexpected encounter with Mundir, an unwanted and stubborn Palestinian hitchhiker, leads Hananel on a series of mix-ups that eventually teaches him a lesson in communication, friendship and love.
An Average Story - 18 min When Avi Cohen is told by the Central Bureau of Statistics that he is the most average man who ever lived, his life is turned upside down.
Welcome and Our Condolences - 26 min 1991, the start of the Jewish immigration wave from the USSR to Israel. 12-year old Misha films his family's journey. The traumatic immigration experience turns absurd when their old aunt dies on the plane just before they land. Now, the family must to go through various levels of bureaucracy with an immigrating corpse.
Like a Fish Out of Water - 50 min Marcelo is a non-religious young man, an actor and a single parent to his eleven years old daughter, Lucy. He's desperately looking for someone to help him improve his Hebrew accent. So he can pass the auditions for an Israeli Soap Opera. Anat, his religious teacher, is probably the best solution, but it seems that she hates soap operas, and is not so fond of her pupil either. In fact, she has her own problems: mainly her mother, Bruria, an energetic, not to say pushy lady, frantically seeking a perfect match for her daughter who has, in her eyes, clearly passed the proper wedding age.
Israel | Short Fiction | 2023 | 25 min
Director and producer: Yahav Winner
Avinoam and Barak, father and son from a Kibbutz bordering the Gaza strip, are forced to deal with another round of rockets and combat, each in their own way. One night, Barak reaches a boiling point and Avinoam is forced to absorb the heat.
Our shorts collection was meant to be a celebration of Israel's 75th - Now October 7th will forever be an important part of Israel's history. We're honored to show this short created this year about life in a community bordering Gaza.
On Saturday, October 7th, in the early morning, Hamas terrorists burst into Yahav's family bedroom in Kibbutz Kfar Aza in the south of Israel. Yahav tried with all his strength to block the terrorists, allowing his wife, Shaylee, and their one-month-old daughter, Shaya, to escape. Shortly afterward, Yahav was murdered in cold blood. Shaylee defended baby Shaya, with no food or water, for 27 hours until they were rescued.
The film may have, if it's ready, an introduction about Yahav.
The 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, architect of the mass murder of the Jews during World War II, is revisited in a gripping and surprising new vision from American filmmaker Jake Paltrow (The Good Night). The story is told from the p.o.v. of 3 characters: Eichmann’s Jewish Moroccan prison guard; an Israeli police investigator for the prosecution and a Holocaust survivor; and a 13-year-old Jewish Libyan immigrant. Largely shot on 16mm film, Paltrow’s vividly textured work uses these disparate points of view to paint an image of the diasporic Jewish people and, in its unorthodox narrative approach, reminds us that the same histories are experienced differently by people all over the world, and we are connected through shared traumatic pasts.
Turning cultural appropriation on its head, two actresses wait to audition for the role of a lifetime, in this provocative, poignant look at who owns history in today’s cultural climate. A thought provoking short film seen through the eyes of two girls (a white Jewish American and an African American), both of whom identify with the diary written by Anne Frank.
Three very different shipping containers are mistakenly mixed up resulting in a scramble to find the correct trailer. JOHNNY SALONIKI, the innocent son of a mafiosa, is pulled into the family business to find the missing trailers before time runs out.
HUMMUS FULL TRAILER is a colorful and hilarious look at how a couple of Arabs, Gay florists and orthodox Jews discover each other’s secrets all while trying to keep a wedding on track, hitmen away and flowers alive.