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The Farewell Party

Israel's 'The Farewell Party' Finds Humor in Death

With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing a..View More


Villa Touma

Palestinian Movie ‘Villa Touma’ Arrives in Venice Amid Israeli Controversy

Suha Arraf's "Villa Touma," which screens in Venice Critics' Week, has arrived in Italy carrying the baggage of a major Israeli controversy. The film, a melodrama set in Ramallah during the early a..View More


Write Down, I'm an Arab

Middle East Film Festival Politics

They say that film transcends borders and countries, this might be true about the films, but not about the politics that go into presenting these films. Film festivals are often put in the line of a..View More


The Farewell Party

Review: Dark Israeli comedy 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in assisted dying

VENICE - When high schoolers Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) successfully fix up a couple of single teachers in Amy Heckerling's seminal teen hit "Clueless", the pampered girls be..View More

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Rita Jahan Foruz (2012)

Rita Yahan Foruz

Directed by: Ayal Goldberg

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Rita Jahan Farouz immigrated to Israel from Iran with her family, when she was eight years old. Now on the eve of her forty-ninth birthday, with enormous tension between Tehran and Jerusalem looming.. View More

Sumna's Letter (2011)

Ha-Mikhtav shel Sumna

Directed by: Timna Goldstein Chatab, Hadar Kleinman

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Hannah Star was adopted as an infant from Romania to Israel and was sent to a boarding school at age 13.  As she approaches her 18 birthday, she decides to go on a journey in search of her and.. View More

Dark Side (2014)

Hatsad Hafel

Directed by: Natalie Assouline Terebilo

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86-year-old Moshe Knebel appears to be a regular grandfather. Maybe a tad sturdier and stronger than most, but still a normal old man. Moshe Knebel, however, is anything but ordinary. He took Today,.. View More

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