Jewish Cinema & Culture

9 Star Hotel

9 Star Hotel

Director: Ido Harr
Year: 2007

This unflinching documentary follows Ahmed and Muhammad, two of the many Palestinians who illegally cross the border into the Israeli city of Modi�in in search of work.

9 Star Hotel

Ajami

Ajami

Director: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
Year: 2009

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Ajami is a bold crime drama set on the margins of an Arab ghetto. Working with a cast of non-actors in the real streets of Ajami itself, the film deftly meshes characters and conflicts with...

Ajami

Alila

Alila

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 2003

Amos Gitai's ALILA tells the story of over a dozen distinct characters who inhabit an apartment complex located in a rundown neighborhood of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Alila

Art of Faith

Art of Faith

Director: John McCarthy
Year: 2008

Travel to the four corners of the world in this visually sumptuous series that captures the best examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each film brings to life the most significant religious buildings of the three...

Art of Faith

Beaufort

Beaufort

Director: Joseph Cedar
Year: 2007

Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, BEAUFORT chronicles the final days of an Israeli army unit's tense, painful withdrawal in 2000 from a strategic bunker inside a 12th century Crusader fortress near the Lebanese border, marking the end of...

Beaufort

Colliding Dreams

Colliding Dreams

Year: 2015

COLLIDING DREAMS recounts the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, and urgently relevant political ideologies of the modern era. 

Colliding Dreams

Devarim

Devarim

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 1995

DEVARIM is the first of Gitai's acclaimed trilogy of films about life in Israel's major cities (YOM YOM is set in Haifa and KADOSH is set in Jerusalem). Set in Tel Aviv during one very hot summer, it follows the intersecting lives of three young men...

Devarim

Eldorado

Eldorado

Director: Markus Imhoof
Year: 2018

Academy Award® nominee Markus Imhoof (The Boat Is Full, also available) weaves together childhood memories of the Italian refugee girl taken in by his parents during WWII and today’s struggle of refugees fleeing from Africa to Europe.

Eldorado

Farewell Herr Schwarz

Farewell Herr Schwarz

Director: Yael Reuveny
Year: 2013

Winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Haifa International Film Festival, director Yael Reuvenya's film is a cinematic journey about the Holocaust from a third generation perspective. Siblings Michla and Feiv'ke Schwarz were separated by the wa...

Farewell Herr Schwarz

The Golem

The Golem

Director: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener
Year: 1920

Recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, an ancient Hebrew legend provides the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the early German cinema and a landmark in the evolution of the horror film. Suffering under the tyrannical...

The Golem

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss

Director: Felix Moeller
Year: 2009

Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss

A History of Israeli Cinema

A History of Israeli Cinema

Director: Raphael Nadjari
Year: 2009

Raphaël Nadjari’s extraordinary two-part documentary weaves together clips from more than 70 years of Israeli film with commentary from filmmakers, scholars and critics

A History of Israeli Cinema

In The Image

In The Image

Director: Emmy Scharlatt, Judith Montell
Year: 2014

Palestinian women volunteers are given video cameras and record the brutality and human rights violations by Israelis that are a part of their daily lives.

In The Image

Kadosh

Kadosh

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 1999

"Incandescent" portrayals by two Israeli actresses illuminate the plight of women within Orthodox Judaism today. Using superb cinematography, ethnic music, and authentic Jerusalem locations, Israel's best known filmmaker renders a heartbreaking...

Kadosh

Kedma

Kedma

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 2002

May 1948, some days before the creation of the state of Israel. Upon arrival in Palestine, a boat of concentration camp survivors is confronted by hostile British soldiers. The hopeful emigrants have then to follow the Jewish forces to immediately...

Kedma

Keep Quiet

Keep Quiet

Director: Sam Blair, Joseph Martin
Year: 2016

An anti-Semitic far-right politician's astonishing transformation after finding out he is Jewish.

Keep Quiet

Keep the Change

Keep the Change

Director: Rachel Israel
Year: 2018

Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen.

Keep the Change

Kippur

Kippur

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 2000

Acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai's semi-autobiographical account of the 1973 Yom Kippur war from the point of view of a young soldier. Kippur is not a traditional "blood, guts and glory" war film. There are no men in battle, only the rescue crews...

Kippur

The Last Resort

The Last Resort

Director: Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch
Year: 2019

The Last Resort resurrects Miami Beach of the 1970s, home to a vibrant population of Jewish retirees, through vivid photographs captured by a pair of young artists who dedicated themselves to documenting this unique and fleeting chapter in the...

The Last Resort

My Father My Lord

My Father My Lord

Director: David Volach
Year: 2007

"An astonishing debut feature."(Variety). The son of a respected elder in a cloistered hasidic enclave unwittingly runs afoul of his father's strict religious doctrine when childhood life prompts questions outside the confines of tradition. A family...

My Father My Lord

Omar

Omar

Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Year: 2013

Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes...

Omar

One Day You'll Understand

One Day You'll Understand

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 2008

As the trial of Klaus Barbie is being televised throughout France a family is forced to confront its past in Nazi occupied France. Victor discovers that his mother Rivka (Jeanne Moreau) has been hiding a terrible secret.  Directed by famed...

One Day You'll Understand

Or (My Treasure)

Or (My Treasure)

Director: Keren Yedaya
Year: 2004

Ruthie and Or, a mother an daughter, live in a small Tel Aviv flat, out of which the former has been a prostitute for the last twenty years. Or has tried many times to get her mother to quit working the street, but without much success -- and now...

Or (My Treasure)

La Petite Jerusalem

La Petite Jerusalem

Director: Karin Albou
Year: 2005

Winner of the script prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, Karin Albou's La Petite Jerusalem pits intimacy against sex and ideology against divinity, "with candor, sympathy and excellent cinematography," (Nathan Lee, The New York Times). Offering...

La Petite Jerusalem

Rabin, The Last Day

Rabin, The Last Day

Director: Amos Gitai
Year: 2015

Lauded director Amos Gitai (Kippur) delves into the prelude and aftermath of the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in this gripping docudrama.

Rabin, The Last Day

Regina

Regina

Director: Diana Groó
Year: 2013

Diana Groó’s documentary tells the story of Regina Jonas (1902-1944) a strong woman, who made history by becoming the first properly ordained woman rabbi in the world.

Regina

Saint Clara

Saint Clara

Director: Ari Folman and Ori Sivan
Year: 1996

A Russian immigrant teenager's clairvoyant powers create mayhem among the students at Golda Meir Junior High in this jumpy, highly energetic, off-kilter Israel where first love and the apocalypse seem interconnected.

Saint Clara

Sophie Scholl-The Final Days

Sophie Scholl-The Final Days

Director: Marc Rothemund
Year: 2005

Sophie Scholl-The Final Days

A Strange Course of Events

A Strange Course of Events

Director: Raphael Nadjari
Year: 2013

Shaul is a melancholic dreamer, with a tendency to run whenever things go wrong. He returns to Haifa one day for a reckoning with the father he has not seen in 5 years. But getting along with an airy-fairy mother in-law with a penchant for New Age, ...

A Strange Course of Events

Takva: A Man's Fear of God

Takva: A Man's Fear of God

Director: Özer Kiziltan
Year: 2006

Muharrem (Erkan Can) lives a solitary existence, strictly adhering to the most severe Islamic doctrines. To his surprise, a religious leader hires him as a rent collector, where he is given Western-style suits, a cell phone and a car with a driver.

Takva: A Man's Fear of God

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