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Palestinian producer May Odeh holds the Sunbird Short Film Award trophy for the film entitled 'Izriqaq (Blued),' during the Days of Cinema awards ceremony, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

New Palestinian ‘Oscars’ Aim to Promote Local Cinema

R AMALLAH (AP) - A Palestinian film organization has launched a new cinema award in an attempt to stimulate the local film-making industry and promote cinema culture in the Palestinian a local by to..View More

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Two Female Palestinian Directors Win Big at Haifa Film Festival

Two female Palestinian directors won top prizes at the Haifa Film Festival on Sunday, getting both prestige and lump sums for their feature-length movies in Arabic.  "Personal Affairs," by won..View More

'Shtisel' Israeli series

Amazon picks up US adaptation of Israeli hit series ‘Shtisel’

Friends producer Marta Kaufmann's production company Okay Goodnight is adapting the Israeli TV series Shtisel into a series for Amazon. First aired in 2013, Shtisel provides a rare glimpse into the..View More

Yarkon River

A Cinematic Portrait Of Israel’s Yarkon River

I have fond memories of the Yarkon River. On one of my first dates with the Israeli woman who would become my wife, we sat under a grove of fragrant eucalyptus trees on its bank in Tel Aviv and and..View More

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Movies: A kinder, gentler time in ‘Women’s Balcony’

WOMEN'S BALCONY Hebrew title: Ismach Hatani Directed by Emil Ben-Shimon With Evelin Hagoel, Avraham Aviv Alush, Igal Naor, Orna Banai, Yafit Asulin Running time: 96 minutes In Hebrew. Check with for..View More

Japanese Israeli Movie

Israel’s first Japanese film fest coming to a cinema near you

Japan became a major center for quality cinema in the 1950s when directors such as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu burst onto the world film scene. Since then, Japan has been a source of great In a..View More

Past Life

‘Past Life’ to Close Haifa Film Festival

The closing-night movie of the 32nd Haifa International Film Festival has been announced, and it will be the Israeli premiere of Avi Nesher's latest film, Past Life. The Haifa Film Festival runs at..View More

Past Life

The best of the Haifa International Film Fest

This year’s Haifa film festival features a host of great films and grand guests. The 32nd Haifa International Film Festival, which will run from October 15-24 at the Haifa Cinematheque and a..View More

Sand Storm

Two Israeli films now playing in New York

Plain and simple — Israeli cinema can match up today with cinema from about any other country. With new funding sources from both within and outside the government, and with co-productions we..View More

Joseph Cedar

The Great Israeli Cinematic Brain Drain: Why Israeli Filmmakers Are Opting for Hollywood

The bright lights of Hollywood have proved irresistible ?for a group of acclaimed young directors. NEW YORK — With the global success of Israeli cinema in recent years, a ‘brain of was..View More

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