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God's Neighbors

God’s Neighbours

It was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch Gods Neighbours, an Israeli film by Meni Yaesh about a group of young members of the Breslov Chassidic sect who take it upon themselves to their..View More

The Congress

New Israeli movies coming to a theater near you

A lot went on at the Cannes Film Festival, which ran from May 15-26, including new films by the Coen brothers, Roman Polanski, Jim Jarmusch, Steven Soderbergh and many others. But some of the most ,..View More

Fill the Void

Haredi Family’s Secrets Revealed Tenderly

When it played last fall's New York Film Festival, Rama Burshtein's debut feature, "Fill the Void," was one of the great surprises of the autumn, a stunningly poised and mature first film that the -..View More

Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Israel Creates the Falafel Western

The term "falafel western" might not be in everyone's lexicon. But it is an appropriate phrase to describe Ballad of the Weeping Spring, which will get its UK premiere on the Gala night of Seret, a..View More

Fill the Void

Rama Burshtein's Orthodox tale 'Fill the Void' is from the inside

Israeli writer-director Rama Burshtein felt a lot of pressure graduating from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem two decades ago because everyone expected great things from 'She..View More

The Congress

Ari Folman Animates Robin Wright in Film

That's an idea to set tongues wagging at the Cannes Film Festival, and it's the distinct impression left by Israeli director Ari Folman's head-spinning part-animated feature "The Congress." Cannes /..View More

Fill the Void

Ultra-Orthodox insider invites outsiders in through the big screen

TEL AVIV - Israel's ultra-Orthodox, with their bobbing side curls and modestly dressed women, are no strangers to the silver screen. But rarely, if ever, have they been portrayed by one of their has..View More


Movie review: Policeman

Formally meticulous, even austere, the assured feature debut of Israeli film-maker Lapid announces the arrival of a significant talent. This is a film of masterful control: in the way it shuns the..View More

Fill the Void

Film Review: Fill the Void

Rama Burshtein's Fill The Void (Lemale et ha'halal) is the second film in as many years to emerge from Israel with not only a strong international presence, but a unique perspective on religious as..View More

Fill the Void

To 'Fill The Void,' A Choice With A Personal Cost

Driving home from a screening of the ravishing new Israeli film Fill the Void, I caught sight of a young man in full Hasidic garb, trying to coax his toddler son across a busy Los Angeles street. My..View More

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