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Culture minister leaves Ophir Awards in protest of Darwish poem

Culture Minister Miri Regev sparked controversy after storming out of the Ophir Awards, protesting the performance of a poem by Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish. She later returned and was..View More


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‘Sand Storm’ Wins Ophir Award, Becomes Israeli Oscar Entry

"Sand Storm," a drama by Elite Zexer set in a Bedouin village in southern Israel, has won the Ophir Award as the best Israeli film of 2016. It will represent the country in the foreign language race..View More


Ruins of Lifta

It Takes An (Empty) Village: 'The Ruins of Lifta'

Earlier this year the New York-based filmmaker Oren Rudavsky released (with Joseph Dorman) Colliding Dreams, a fair-minded history of the Zionist ideal. The film documented the tension between as a..View More


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Home Alone

Dance on Film: The Moderni Series

Israel's rich modern dance scene is made more accessible and endurable through another of Israel's renowned art forms-- its film industry.   Israeli film has experienced significant growth the..View More


Big Bad Wolves

2013: A Year of Growth For Israeli Cinema

Although this year, Israel will not have a film competing for an Oscar, there is no doubt that Bethlehem, Israel's submission to the Academy will be seen by American audiences. 2013 brought Israeli..View More


Israel Film Center Recap: Doc Aviv

The 2013 Doc Aviv Film Festival included a diverse selection of Israeli premiere documentaries. On a oddly misty night in the new Tel Aviv port (though it felt more like London), the festival opened..View More


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