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There have been several good documentaries (and a few good feature films) made about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that unhappy relationship between neighbors that has such wide ripple effects -..
posted May 31, 2012 in News | Permalink
Directors who have just released a film tend to be a bit frantic. They are trying to coordinate a lot of interviews and appearances at once, while fielding calls from well-wishers. Their agent may a..
Groups of unarmed civilians, carrying flags and shouting chants, face a heavily armed flank of soldiers. The militia moves forward, guns begin to fire, and the people flee, fearing for their lives,..
posted May 30, 2012 in News | Permalink
"5 Broken Cameras" provides a grim reminder - just in case you needed one - of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A chronicle of protest and endurance, punctuated by and..
posted May 29, 2012 in News | Permalink
When emailing and skyping with Guy Davidi, the 33-year old Israeli co-director of "5 Broken Cameras," opening May 30 in New York at the Film Forum, one encounters a sophisticated - albeit imperfect..
Ishai Golan is used to playing soldiers, mostly very miserable ones. In his newest film, however, Hagar Ben-Asher's "The Slut," he has a different duty: satisfying his neighbor, a woman whose lust a..
posted May 28, 2012 in News | Permalink
When "Yossi and Jagger" appeared 10 years ago, I found it both heartrending and groundbreaking. Opening up the still-taboo subject of homosexuality in the army, the film provided a sharp critique of..
posted May 27, 2012 in News | Permalink
Another international achievement for Israeli cinema: God's Neighbors, a film by Meni Yaesh has won the Gaul's Society of Authors, Directors and Composers award in the prestigious Cannes Film The is..
posted May 25, 2012 in News | Permalink
Here's a proposition worth arguing about: documentary films about women make for more interesting viewing. It's an imperfect dichotomy, I accept. But, once one accepts that documentary film-making a..
posted May 23, 2012 in News | Permalink
Back in the 1930s and ’40s, when Diaspora Jews desperately needed a symbol of Jewish strength and pride, the brawny, sunburned kibbutznik became the poster image for the new Jew emerging in a..
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