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A New Israeli Film Explores the Afterlife of Holocaust Family Trauma

By On June 9, 2017

With the 50th anniversary of Israel’s Six-Day War upon us, that historical moment is getting a lot of attention. A critically acclaimed new Israeli film takes place against the backdrop of an… Read More

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A New Comedy About Orthodoxy’s Separate Seating

By On May 25, 2017

Maybe we don’t laugh enough about the tensions between men and women in Orthodox synagogues. But the new Israeli film The Women’s Balcony finds a way to make us, while raising some provocative… Read More

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Netflix Asks: Who Murdered This 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl?

By On March 23, 2017

In 2006, the sleepy Israeli town of Katzrin was shocked by the gruesome murder of 13-year-old Tair Rada in her school’s bathroom. Though the police swiftly convicted a Ukrainian immigrant employed at Rada’s… Read More

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Searching For a Long-Lost Lover, From Israel to the American Open Road

By On August 25, 2016

Is That You?, a new film by director Dani Menkin, straddles two rom-com sub-genres: the road trip movie and the film-about-making-a-film movie. Ronnie (Alon Aboutboul), a recently laid-off Israeli projectionist, is given… Read More

When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves
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When Egyptian Movies Ruled Israeli Airwaves

By On July 20, 2016

In the three decades between Israel’s founding and the 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, the relationship between the two neighbors was tense. And yet, Israelis eagerly turned on their TVs every Friday… Read More

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Gore and Beauty in the Religious Crisis of a Jerusalem Yeshiva Boy

By On July 5, 2016

Trigger warning: there is a lot of gore and beauty in this film. In an early scene of the Israeli feature film Tikkun, our protagonist Haim-Aaron slices his hand and faints from… Read More

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Sexual Abuse, Incest, and Imagination in This Dark Israeli Film

By On May 25, 2016

“Our imaginations can sometimes change our reality,” writes Israeli writer/director Tali Shalom Ezer about her award-winning film Princess. But only sometimes. Ezer’s main character, 12-year-old Adar (played hauntingly by Shira Haas) is… Read More

Being Dead Hasn't Stopped Rabin From Narrating His New Biopic
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Yitzhak Rabin Narrates His New Biopic From The Grave

By On May 6, 2016

  “I think you could say I’m an introverted person. I don’t know if I’m friendly or unfriendly.” These words, spoken by an uncharacteristically confessional Yitzhak Rabin, mark the start of Israeli… Read More

Love, Marriage and Toilet Paper: Israel’s Wedding Doll
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Love, Marriage, and Toilet Paper: Israel’s “Wedding Doll”

By On April 14, 2016

The film Wedding Doll is set in an isolated town in Israel’s Negev Desert. Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt) is a peppy young woman with a mild mental disability who works at a local… Read More

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Baba Joon, Israel’s First Persian-Language Oscar Entry

By On January 4, 2016

Before a word is uttered in the new film, Baba Joon, we see the rolling Israeli countryside, and then the inside of a barn – full of trapped turkeys. The imagery is… Read More

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Finding Home But Risking Your Family, in Jerusalem

By On November 13, 2015

When filmmaker Danae Elon became pregnant with her third child in 2010, she decided to address her years-long feeling of displacement by moving her husband and young sons from Brooklyn to the… Read More

Before Nepal, Israeli Surrogacy Turned to India
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Before Nepal, Israelis Turned to Indian Surrogates

By On May 4, 2015

Before the Nepalese earthquake shed light on the surprisingly intimate connections between gay Israeli men and the Nepalese women carrying their babies, Israel’s South Asian incubator of choice was India. The riveting… Read More