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An Israeli drama about sorrowful sisters arrives in theaters

It took filmmaker Dorit Hakim more than a decade to decide whether to make a film about her own complicated life. Released at the start of September, "Moon in the 12th House" is an ode to Hakim's a..View More

Poster One Day

'One Week and a Day': An Israeli Film That Makes Fun of Grief

In no other film industry are death and its rituals so omnipresent as they are in Israeli cinema. Aficionados of locally made movies will no doubt recall any number of funeral scenes and visits to a..View More


Culture minister leaves Ophir Awards in protest of Darwish poem

Culture Minister Miri Regev sparked controversy after storming out of the Ophir Awards, protesting the performance of a poem by Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish. She later returned and was..View More


‘Sand Storm’ Wins Ophir Award, Becomes Israeli Oscar Entry

"Sand Storm," a drama by Elite Zexer set in a Bedouin village in southern Israel, has won the Ophir Award as the best Israeli film of 2016. It will represent the country in the foreign language race..View More

Ruins of Lifta

It Takes An (Empty) Village: 'The Ruins of Lifta'

Earlier this year the New York-based filmmaker Oren Rudavsky released (with Joseph Dorman) Colliding Dreams, a fair-minded history of the Zionist ideal. The film documented the tension between as a..View More


Israeli Filmmaker Uninvited from Film Festival

Award winning Israeli filmmaker, Shimon Dotan, was recently uninvited to present his newly released documentary "The Settlers" at Syracuse University's ‘The Place of Religion' film festival of..View More

Sand Storm

Movie Review: 'Sand Storm'

SAND STORM Hebrew title: Sufat Hol Directed by Elite Zexer With Lamis Ammar, Hitham Omari, Ruba Blal-Asfour Running time: 87 minutes In Arabic. Check with theaters for subtitle information. A into..View More

Joseph Cedar

Israeli Director's Star-Studded English-Language Debut Premieres in Toronto

The latest offering from multiple-award winning director and screenwriter Joseph Cedar receives standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival The highly-successful Israeli director Joseph Cedar a a..View More

Toronto Film Festival

Israeli filmmakers shine at Toronto Film Festival

Israeli directors Joseph Cedar, Avi Nesher, Elite Zexer, feature their latest films, garner wide critical acclaim • "Sand Storm," Elite Zexer's film debut was purchased by Netflix • hails..View More

Tel Aviv University

Oscar nod for Israeli student film

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - A Tel Aviv University graduate has won a top Student Academy Award and her documentary will be automatically entered in the Academy Awards competition. Maya Sarfaty will also a..View More

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