2015 Festival

    Afterthought (Hayored Lema’ala)

    Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    An existential comedy, where Haifa and Mount Carmel with the endless stairs from the oceanfront port to the top of the mountain, take control over destinies in this Mediterranean city. Official Selection at Cannes 2015.

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    Atlit (Rendez-vous à Atlit)

    Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Set in October 1995, three French sisters gather in the coastal town of Atlit, in northern Israel, to sell their late parents’ home. A comical, dramatic and touching story about the bonds of sisterhood.

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    Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    An intimate interview with Claude Lanzmann.
    Double Bill with: What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy
    With Special Guest, director Adam Benzine

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    Closer to the Moon

    Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    This darkly humorous film, based on a true story, is so fascinating and entertaining that you will enjoy it even if you know nothing about postwar Romania under the Soviets. Winner of 9 Film Awards including Best Picture.

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    Dear God (Elohim Yakar)

    Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Double Bill with: Vice Versa. One day a beautiful, mysterious woman puts a note in one of the holy stones of the Western Wall, and sets in motion a personal romantic journey.

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    Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Dough is a warmhearted, humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. The film is somewhat of a phenomenon, selling out at virtually every screening this past year.

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    East Jerusalem – West Jerusalem

    Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Documenting the recording of David Broza’s Steve Earle produced album “East Jerusalem – West Jerusalem” we follow the process over 8 days of the recording sessions in East Jerusalem.

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    Little White Lie

    Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    From documentary award winning director Lacey Schartz, her own true-life story: what defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents?

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    My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    The untold saga of Italians who rescued Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis in World War II. Featuring Gino Bartali, the charismatic Italian Tour de France cycling hero.

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    Of Many

    Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    An award winning short, featuring a Rabbi and Imam serving at New York’s NYU.
    Double Bill with: Partner With the Enemy.

    From NYU – Special Guest , Rabbi Yehuda Sarna

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    Once in a Lifetime (Les Héritiers)

    Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    The true story of a dedicated high school teacher motivating her students by enlisting them in a National contest.
    Special Guest, co-writer and co-star Ahmed Dramé

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    Our 1/4 Life Crisis

    Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Disoriented twenty somethings, often misunderstood as lazy or entitled, share their most private despairs about the perils of emerging adulthood.
    Special Guests, filmmakers Sonia Suvagau & Sebastian Hugeneck

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    Partner with the Enemy

    Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    The documentary beautifully captures the human cost of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. We root for the partners’ success, amid hostile environments and escalating conflict.
    Double Bill with: Of Many

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    Peter the 3rd

    Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Tommy Lang’s Peter the 3rd should make John Madden, director of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, weep. It should, because his hit film doesn’t hold a candle to Lang’s delightful little film “Peter the 3rd”.

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    Raise the Roof

    Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    A 10-year pursuit to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue in Poland.
    Double Bill with: Torah Treasures & Curious Trash.

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    Rock in the Red Zone

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    An intimate portrayal of life on the edge. The besieged city of Sderot, known for its prolific rock scene that revolutionized Israeli music, has been the target of ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza strip for the past 13 years.

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    Sacred Sperm (Zera Kodesh)

    Monday, November 9th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Filmmaker and narrator Ori Gruder expresses hope that the documentary, told with humor and respect, would help ultra-Orthodox Jews become better understood. “It’s a first look into a keyhole that needs to be opened more,” he said.

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    Secrets of War (Oorlogsgeheimen)

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    The award winning film “Secrets Of War” puts both the danger and the humanity of wartime friendships squarely on the shoulders of three children.

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    Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Meet Dana. A feisty, funny, and charming 25 year-old at a crossroads. But not the kind you might expect; Dana battles with Crohn’s Disease every single day.

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    The Farewell Party (Mita Tova)

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    A compassionate film about life and death, and knowing when to say goodbye. A deeply moving and humorous look at the emotional dilemmas we all may have to face one day.

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    The Singing Abortionist

    Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Dr. Henry Morgentaler is often referred to as the most loved and hated man in Canada. But so little is known about the contradictions behind the activist. Special Guest, director Dara Bratt.

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    Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem

    Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Portraits of two beloved icons are woven together in this enchanting documentary. Wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.

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    Torah Treasures & Curious Trash

    Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Jo Milgrom juxtaposes the sacred and the mundane in her assemblage art. Double Bill with: Raise the Roof.
    Special Guest, Director Paula Weiman-Kelman.

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    Vice Versa

    Sunday, November 8th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Double Bill with: Dear God. An innocent and honest relationship turns into an intimate and passionate story that transcends the rules of religion, society and faith. The film is ultimately a poem to the holy nature of love

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    Water (Mayim)

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    A Tel Aviv University film project that called on young Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers to make short films related to the primordial nucleus of all things, “Water”. Here are the final nine award winning results of script to film stories.

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    What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

    Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship between two men, each of whom are the children of very high-ranking Nazi officials and the toll of inherited guilt.
    Double Bill with: Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

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    Yidlife Crisis

    Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Chaimie (Jamie) and Leizer (Eli), best friends, comedians and debating adversaries, tackle life, love, and food entirely in their grandparents’ Yiddish. RATED CHAI+ (Over 18 years). OPENING NIGHT GALA – Special Guests Chaimie and Leizer

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