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Dani Menkin’s documentary “On the Map” follows the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team’s unlikely European championship victory. (Handout photo)

Israeli basketball team's unknown underdog story opens Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

Dani Menkin thought everybody knew about the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team, how their improbable defeat of the mighty Soviets inspired a nation and helped, in the oft-repeated words of their..View More

Yafit Asulin, Evelin Hagoel and Einat Saruf in

Jewish Film Series marks 10th year in Chattanooga

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga will open its 10th annual Jewish Film Series with "The Women's Balcony," the first of five award-winning films to be shown over the next few weeks at the..View More

'Big Sister' screenshot.

Two Israeli Films to Compete at Tribeca Film Festival Michal Gassner’s 'Big Sister' joins 'Holy Air' by Shadi Srour. read more:

Two Israeli films will compete at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month. Shady Srour's "Holy Air" ("Hawa Moqaddas") will screen in the International Narrative section, while Michal "Big a..View More


Israel Film Festival Launches 31st Season in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles based Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the U.S., is launching its 31st edition by hosting an awards luncheon honoring CAA's Adam Berkowitz, producer and..View More


Gere delights Israeli fans at premier of Israel-U.S. movie

Hollywood actor Richard Gere delighted fans after walking the red carpet in Jerusalem for the Israeli premiere of his new film "Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer". The a..View More

MURKY TERRITORY The Controversial Film Giving Israeli Zealots a Voice

MURKY TERRITORY The Controversial Film Giving Israeli Zealots a Voice

Director Shimon Dotan's ‘The Settlers' has attracted a firestorm of criticism for humanizing the West Bank's Israeli settlers. But as he sees it, there is value in showing zealotry in its is a..View More

Director Elite Zexer discusses the 12-year journey to making her film 'Sand Storm' at a Times of Israel Presents event at the Jerusalem Cinemateque on March 2, 2017. (Amanda Borschel-Dan/Times of Israel)

Behind the scenes with Israeli ‘Sand Storm’ director Elite Zexer At packed Times of Israel event, filmmaker says that by making the particular universal, Arabic­language Bedouin women’s story touches global audiences

Sitting on a plush red chair on the Jerusalem Cinemateque stage on Thursday, Elite Zexer, director of Israeli film "Sand Storm," recounted for a packed audience how, unlike the Oscars in the United..View More

The director Udi Aloni, left, and the actor-rapper Tamer Nafar, collaborators on the film “Junction 48,” in Jaffa, Israel, in early February.

The Unlikely Story Behind a Palestinian Hip-Hop Film From Israel

When the hip-hop-flavored "Junction 48" won top prizes at the Tribeca and Berlin film festivals last year, its Israeli director, Udi Aloni, wondered whether he'd forgotten about the folks back home...View More

Andoni believes the film is an important way to raise awareness of the reality that Palestinians endure under occupation [Tobias Schwarz/AFP]

Film recreates notorious Israeli detention centre Raed Andoni's Ghost Hunting explores trauma of former Palestinian prisoners as they rebuild their interrogation cell.

In his award-winning documentary Ghost Hunting, director Raed Andoni brings a group of former Palestinian prisoners to an empty warehouse in Ramallah and asks them to rebuild the interrogation where..View More

For Maysaloun Hamoud, the real shock of her film

Alcohol, drugs and lesbianism: Arab Israeli film faces backlash

Jerusalem (AFP) - The culture clash in "Bar Bahar" starts off when Nur, a veiled and conservative Muslim, moves into a flat with two other Arab Israeli women and sees their drug-taking, party-going..View More

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