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The Israeli Film Europeans Are Going to Hate

Joseph Pichhadze’s new film opening this week is called “Sweets,” a seemingly innocent and childish title. The name doesn’t hint that the movie is about a bloody war between..View More

Nadav Schirman

Israeli Doc About Hamas Informant Makes a Splash at Sundance

“The Green Prince,” an Israeli documentary about how the son of a Hamas leader spent a decade as Israel’s top informer in the West Bank, received a top honor at the Sundance Film a..View More

The Green Prince

Israeli documentary wins Sundance Audience Award

Israeli writer-director Nadav Schirman's new documentary, "The Green Prince," which tells the story of a Palestinian spy for Israel, has won the Audience Award at the annual Sundance Film Festival,..View More


Haredi TV Drama Poised as Breakout Hit

“Shtisel,” the Israeli television drama about a Haredi family in Jerusalem, is a breakout hit not only in Israel, but now also internationally.It was announced this week that foreign and..View More

Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves: Israeli Exploitation Flicks Are as Brutal as Any Others

The publicity campaign for Big Bad Wolves, a nasty little revenge thriller from Israeli filmmakers Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales, quotes Quentin Tarantino's decree that it's the "best film of..View More

The Green Prince

Sundance Film Spotlights Palestinian Spy for Israel

The son of a founder of Hamas who spent 10 years as an Israeli "mole" at the heart of the Palestinian Islamist movement is thrown into the spotlight, in a film that premiered at the Sundance Film to..View More


Sundance ’14: “Footage,” “Love” Among Short Doc Winners

The Sundance Film Festival has named the winners of the short film jury awards for non-fiction, while the Sundance Institute has unveiled details of a US$50,000 short film challenge supported by the..View More

Some Day

Family History is Doomed to Repeat Itself in Israeli Film Maker Shemi Zarhin's Debut Novel 'Some Day'

The cover of Shemi Zarhin’s debut novel “Some Day” features two people – a boy and girl – afloat in a red sea. They’re staring at each other but are far away, and..View More

Out in the Dark

Brooklyn Israel Film Fest Screens Israeli-Palestinian Gay Love Story

Talk about bridging the gap.The Brooklyn Israel Film Festival turns 10 this year, and it is heading into its teen years appropriately, with the addition of some edgy programing. “Out in the at..View More

Mosab Yousef

As Film Adaptation Opens, Israel Frees ‘Son of Hamas’ Father

Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and former spokesman for the Islamist group, was released from Israel’s Ofer prison on Sunday, according to Palestinian officials. Yousef was a..View More

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