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“On the Map” is about Maccabi Tel Aviv’s win in the 1977 European championship

Film about historic Israeli basketball win opens Jewish film festival

Maybe you’re like Ellen Wedner and don’t give a darn about basketball. You might stop reading once you learn that "On The Map,” the film that opens the Donald M. Ephraim..View More


In between

New Film Depicts Deep Israeli Crisis

The wild arguments aroused by the film “In Between” are fascinating, if confusing. Allegedly, it’s an internal matter for Palestinian citizens of Israel.  The fact is that the..View More


Ben Aroya

'People That Are Not Me': An Israeli Filmmaker's Debut Is Exhibitionist and Humble at Once

There’s something elementary about “People That Are Not Me,” the debut feature film of Hadas Ben Aroya, but along with it is a large dose of singularity and boldness. The result in..View More


Holy Zoo

‘Denial,’ acceptance, and other Jewish matters in the movies

Some films capture the essence of Jewry. But they're not necessarily showing at YES Planet or Cinema City, so viewers need to make something of an effort to see them. Get The Times of Israel's by a..View More


Israel’s ‘Sand Storm’ fails to make Oscar shortlist

Israel’s ‘Sand Storm’ fails to make Oscar shortlist

Israel's hopes for an Oscar as best foreign-language film were dashed when "Sand Storm" failed to make the cut as competing entries from 85 countries were narrowed to nine however, three of the nine..View More


Lost and Found

Movies: Lost and found

People like to think that the Holocaust ended in jubilation as the Allies liberated the camps. But the story of World War II is incomplete without a reckoning of the displacement, confusion and loss..View More


Rising Arab Film Star

Rising Israeli Arab TV Star No Longer Forced to Worry About Humiliating Airport Security Checks

Israeli cinema and television have provided Palestinian actress Samar Qupty with a showcase for her talent and enabled her to make small inroads against bigotry - even among the occasional airport a..View More


Israeli Basketball

'On the Map': Film Review

Dani Menkin's documentary recounts the inspiring tale of the Israeli national basketball team's 1977 win of the European Cup. There's no surer ingredient for a feel-good documentary than an sports a..View More


Oh La La

Oh La La! French comedy fest in Israel part deux

Once upon a time France was known for its dramas, but now, comedy is king in French cinema. The cinematheques in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Sderot, Herzliya, and Rosh Pina, as well as theaters in..View More


PTSD Film

Israeli film on shell shock gets personal and political

At first, the men in the documentary film "Made Like a Gun" (in Hebrew, "Palsar Himalaya") seem very "Israeli." Rugged, tanned, fit, tough, slightly balding, a cigarette forever perched at the of of..View More


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