Israel Film Center Recap: Doc Aviv

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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 with an outdoor screening of Hilla Medalia's Dancing in Jaffa, that was supported by the Other Israel Film Fund and recently premiered at Tribeca, about a NYC ballroom dance teacher who came to Israel to teach Jewish and Palestinian kids to dance together.

A fascinating film at the festival was Women/Pioneers. Made from archival footage and personal journals, the films captures the revolutionary kibbutz movement of the turn of last century through the real stories of strong women. The top award went to Pole, Dancer, and a Movie, a unique film about a tough woman who attempts to compete in the European pole dancing championship. One of the more amusing documentaries came from Veteran filmmaker David Ofek - Handa Handa 4 tells the story of two performing brothers from the Bukharan community, one who is defying the standards by not getting married. The Lab, by Yotam Feldman fits into the genre of The Gatekeepers as a critical look at the Israeli arms industry. Another popular film was Rita Jahan Foruz by Ayal Goldberg, about the Israeli diva Rita and her Iranian roots as she records an album in Farsi.

Other noteworthy films are: Turning Thirteen by Dana Idisis about a boy on the autism spectrum studying for his Bar Mitzvah, and, for the artistically inclined: Ram Loevy's Let's Assume for a Moment that God Exists, a film that captures a random day in the life by mixing fiction and documentary.

Stay tuned for screenings of these and other audience favorites from Doc Aviv at The Israel Film Center. Our team is looking forward to taking part of the 30th Jerusalem Film Festival, which opens July 4th.

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