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The Farewell Party

Israel's 'The Farewell Party' Finds Humor in Death

With dozens of films jostling for attention at the Venice Film Festival, it takes originality to make an impact. Two Israeli filmmakers have done it by refusing to accept that death is no laughing a..View More


Villa Touma

Palestinian Movie ‘Villa Touma’ Arrives in Venice Amid Israeli Controversy

Suha Arraf's "Villa Touma," which screens in Venice Critics' Week, has arrived in Italy carrying the baggage of a major Israeli controversy. The film, a melodrama set in Ramallah during the early a..View More


Write Down, I'm an Arab

Middle East Film Festival Politics

They say that film transcends borders and countries, this might be true about the films, but not about the politics that go into presenting these films. Film festivals are often put in the line of a..View More


The Farewell Party

Review: Dark Israeli comedy 'The Farewell Party' finds humor in assisted dying

VENICE - When high schoolers Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Dionne (Stacey Dash) successfully fix up a couple of single teachers in Amy Heckerling's seminal teen hit "Clueless", the pampered girls be..View More


Villa Touma

A guide for the perplexed: What’s the story with 'Villa Touma’?

When did it all begin? About a month ago it was reported that two Israeli films had been accepted to the prestigious Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 27 - September 6: "The Farewell by..View More


The Congress

Israeli director Ari Folman’s new film ‘The Congress’ is visually stunning

Israeli director Ari Folman's "The Congress" is "a visual masterpiece that will be studied and revered for generations," one critic writes. Another critic took a quite different view of the film, a..View More


Culture, Economy Ministries withdraw Israeli funds from 'Palestinian' film

Israeli-Arab director Suha Arraf will have to return government funding for her film "Villa Touma," as she presented it to international film festivals as Palestinian despite the funding agreement a..View More


Self Made

Shira Geffen's clever identity-swap comedy subverts cliches and upends expectations.

The region may be strained by conflicting ideals, but it's shoddy, Ikea-style furniture that's to blame for the accident that shakes a Jerusalem art-world dynamo out of her latest creative rut. of -..View More


Villa Touma

Palestinian film made with Israeli funds stirs conflict

A film that depicts the plight of Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank, but which is funded by Israeli money, Villa Touma should have served as a rare example of mutual understanding and of..View More


Suha Arraf

I am an Arab, Palestinian and citizen of Israel - I have the right to define my own identity

Over the past few weeks, I have been under attack by the public and the media. I suffered this defamatory attack for defining my film Villa Touma as a Palestinian film even though most of the came I..View More


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