Hebrew DVDs

  • 500 dunam on the Moon
    DVD 6389 Ayn Hawd is a Palestinian village that was captured and depopulated by Israeli forces in the 1948 war. In 1953, Marcel Janco, a Romanian painter and a founder of the Dada movement, helped transform the village into a Jewish artists' colony, and renamed it Ein Hod. This documentary tells the story of the village's original inhabitants, who, after expulsion, settled only 1.5 kilometers away in the outlying hills. This new Ayn Hawd cannot be found on official maps, as Israeli law doesn't recognize it, and its residents, deemed "present absentees" by the authorities, do not receive basic services such as water, electricity or an access road. Rachel Leah Jones' filmmaking debut is a critical look at the art of dispossession and the creativity of the dispossessed.
  • Ajami
    DVD 7124 Shakespearian in its scope and themes; revenge, loyalty, hope and despair, draws us into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother's medical expenses; a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through this dramatic collision of different worlds, we witness cultural and religious tensions simmering beneath the surface and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.
  • Another side of peace
    DVD 2042 Profiles the efforts of Roni Hirshenzon, an Israeli man, to reach reconciliation and to come to terms with the deaths of his sons. He works with his Palestinian partner, Ghazi Briegrieth, to connect with other bereaved families in Israel and the Palestinian Territories through a support group they co-founded called the Parents Circle. The group works to promote peace and dialog and has a single message: no more death. Provides a provocative and intimate look at the human side of the conflict, and the healing power of communication and reconciliation.
  • Arranged
    DVD 6204 Rachel, an Orthodox Jew, and Nasira, a Muslim of Syrian origin, are both public school teachers in Brooklyn. They also have something else in common: they are going through the process of getting arranged marriages through their respective religious and traditional customs.
  • Band's visit = Bikur ha-Tizmoret
    DVD 5403 The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in Israel from Egypt for a cultural event. Once there, they find the expected delegation is not there to meet them. Arrangements to get to their destination of Petah Tiqva have not been taken care of either. They find their own ride and arrive instead at the remote town of Beit Hatikva. Stuck there until the next morning's bus, the band, lead by the repressed Tawfiq Zacharaya, gets help from the worldly lunch owner, Dina, who offers to put them up for the night. As the band settles in the best it can, each of the members attempts to get along with the natives in their own way. What follows is a special night of quiet happenings and confessions as the band makes its own impact on the town and the town on them.
  • Beaufort
    DVD 994 A young group of Israeli soldiers must try to survive before they are pulled out of Lebanon, and protect a fortress that is sacred to both Israelis and Arabs alike.
  • Broken wings = Knafayim shvurot
    DVD 939 A large Israeli family struggles to stay united after the death of their patriarch.
  • Campfire = Medurat hashevet
    DVD 2857 In 1981, a widowed mother and her daughters want to join a new religious settlement in the West Bank, but must meet the group's religious and ideological standards. When a daughter is accused of seducing some boys, she must weigh her allegiances.
  • Eyes wide open
    DVD 6745 Filmmaker Paula Weiman-Kelman follows a diverse group of American Jews on their first trips to Israel, many of whom find themselves radically changed by the experience.
  • Fog
    DVD 6744 This quest to unravel the fate of Mo'in Halabi, an Israeli Druze soldier missing in action since the battle for the Syrian Mount Hermon in October 1973, is a fascinating story of bereavement and mysticism that plumbs the depths of the belief in reincarnation as it unfolds in the theater of the war between Israel, Syria and the Palestinians.
  • For my children
    DVD 7221 Shortly after the second Intifada began in the fall of 2000, filmmaker Michal Aviad turned the camera on herself to document the anxieties and fears of living and raising a family in Israel. Interweaving public and private archival footage and home videos, she meditates on her grandparents' migration to Israel to escape persecution in Europe and to find a homeland. Chronicling her own migrations from Israel to San Francisco and back again, she wonders if her family will have to be transplanted as well, as she searches for signs of hope and safety for her children's uncertain future in Israel. Her grandparents' struggle and family history illuminate broader issues of identity, values, and the Jewish immigrant experience.
  • Forbidden marriages in the Holy Land
    VHS 7295 Looks at eight mixed marriages in the Middle East from different generations and backgrounds and uncovers the mutual intolerance of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Among the subjects in the film is a young Palestinian musician living with his Israeli musicologist girlfriend, a fiery Palestinian woman married to a Jew, a Jewish woman who converted to Islam to be with her husband in Gaza and an African woman married to a white Palestinian. These interviews reveal couples who, in a region scarred by conflict and catstrophe, chose love instead of hate.
  • Ha-mea̓hev bamaʾit = Lover
    DVD 7217 CORE Based on the book by A.B. Yehoshua, this video brings the story of Adam, a car mechanic, his wife, Asia, a teacher, their daughter, Daffi, and Gabriel, a visitor from Argentina, who came to Israel to claim his inheritance. Asia and Gabriel fall in love. Adam is aware of this, but chooses to keep his feelings to himself. When Gabriel disappears during the Yom Kippur War, Adam, who sees the sorrow of his wife, volunteers to go and search for him. The husband's search for the lover becomes a search for our deepest human needs, fears and dreams.
  • Hamsin
    VHS 3193 The problem of Arab-Jewish relations is portrayed in this study of a Jewish landowner and his Arab worker.
  • Hassidut: the music of the Hassidic community
    VHS 5568 Music plays a central role in the daily life of the Hassidic community. Filmed within the Hassidic community, we are treated to beautiful Hassidic melodies as sung in prayer, at celebrations and at many other significant events in the day to day life of Hassidic Jews.
  • He°arat shulayim [videorecording] = Footnote
    DVD 1022 (2012, 106 min.) Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. Special feature include behind the scenes footage, an evening with Joseph Cedar, theatrical trailer and footnote soundtrack.
  • Israel Sounds in Search of a Home
    VHS 6295 A compilation of the various sounds of all of the immigrants to Israel who brought their music with them from the four corners of the earth.
  • Jellyfish
    DVD 6086 While Batya, a struggling waitress, cares for a mysterious child that appeared to her out of the sea. Newlywed Keren nurses a broken leg and a ruined honeymoon. Filipino migrant worker Joy tries to support her son back home. A reflection on making connections and confronting destiny in a deconstructed urban landscape.
  • Kadosh = Sacred
    DVD 6064 The story of two Hasidic sisters living in the Mea Shearim area of Jerusalem. Rivka and her husband are deeply in love, but he obeys his rabbi father and divorces her after 10 childless years of marriage. Rivka's sister Malka loves a man who has left Hasidism after joining the army, but accepts the marriage her parents have arranged to the rabbi's assistant.
  • Kippur
    DVD 186 The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. Although the story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers, the film is far from being an exercise in propaganda. We are led on a day that begins with quiet city streets , but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind.
  • Late marriage = Hatuna meuheret
    DVD 903 Zaza is a 32-year old Israeli bachelor, handsome and intelligent, and his family wants to see him married. But tradition dictates that Zaza has to choose a young virgin. She must be beautiful and from a good family, preferably rich. Zaza's parents, Yasha and Lily, drag Zaza to meet potential brides and their families. Zaza has no choice, so he plays along with his family, advocates of the suffocating traditions of their Georgian Jewish heritage. But Zaza always manages to somehow get out of being engaged. What his parents don't know is that Zaza is already in love. Judith is sensuous, strong and intriguing. She's also a divorcée with a 6-year-old daughter, so Zaza has kept Judith a secret from his family. He will have to choose between respect of the strict confines of family and tradition, or the love of his life.
  • Lev ha'aretz
    DVD 4544 Profiles five seemingly disparate women, four Jews and one Muslim, residing in the town of Ramlah. Located in the heartland of Israel, this former Palestinian territory serves as a microcosm of the beliefs, biases and conflicts of women living in the country today. Their stories help examine the ideological, cultural, and political conflicts in contemporary Israel.
  • Lirʻot ʼim ʼani meḥayekhet [videorecording] = To see if I’m smiling
    DVD 3524 Explores the darker side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the testimonies of six female soldiers [in the Israel Defense Forces] about their compulsory military service [in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip]. At a time when women in the military are increasingly on the frontlines, this film explores the ways that gender, ethics and moral responsibility intersect during war.
  • Matter of time
    DVD 4023 A two-part documentary, originally produced for Israeli television, that tells the story of of North African Jews during World War II through archival and new footage and stills, interviews with surviving eyewitnesses and historians, and computer-generated animation. The question is raised whether the "final solution" would have been carried out on the Jews of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco had the war continued and their experience of the Holocaust, including the deportation of some Libyan Jews to Bergen Belsen, is recognized and examined.
  • Mishehu la-ruts ito [videorecording] = Someone to run with
    DVD 7185 CORE Someone to run with, is an adventure story that take place in the side alleys of Jerusalem and narrates about a young boy trying to follow the footsteps of a young girl.
  • Morocco
    VHS 5567 Documentary on the music of the Moroccan Jews of North Africa.
  • My Israel
    DVD 5514 Few filmmakers have probed issues of Israeli nationalism and Israeli-Palestinian relations more completely or intimately than Tel Aviv-born Yulie Cohen. For Cohen, Israel is the land of her ancestors, the land her parents fought for during the 1948 war and the land she herself served as an Air Force officer during the Entebbe crisis. In 1978, working as an El Al stewardess, she survived a terrorist attack in London that killed a colleague and left her with shrapnel in her arm. Embarking on a difficult and emotional journey, she attempts to free the surviving terrorist who attacked her, to question the myths of the state that she grew up in, and to reconcile with her ultra-orthodox brother after 25 years of estrangement. My Israel is an account of remarkable courage and understanding set against the last turbulent decade of Israeli history.
  • My brother
    DVD 6104 At a time when fundamentalism is on the rise, Yulie Cohen Gerstel sensitively documents her own personal search for understanding once again in this final film in Gerstel's documentary trilogy. As in the first two films, "My terrorist" and "My land Zion," Gerstel turns the lens on her own family as she tries to make sense of her country and her fellow citizens. This time, she begins her investigation with her brother, who chose a different way of life 25 years ago when he became an ultra-orthodox Jew and lost contact with her family.
  • My land Zion
    DVD 5830 Yulie Cohen-Gerstel questions her own decision to return and raise her family in war-torn Israel, while challenging the myths of Zionism. As she wonders about the future that awaits her daughters in a country embroiled in continuous war, she stretches a connecting thread from the murder of Jews in the Holocaust to the war of independence to the rise in settlements and the condition of Palestinian refugees in Israel today. She confronts her parents on the role they played in the pre-state Palmah militia, goes to Hungary with Motti Golani to visit his childhood home, talks with a Holocaust survivor, whose house currently stands on displaced Arab land, and with Ruthi Gillis, the widow of Shmuel Gillis, a doctor who was shot to death in 2001 on his way home.
  • My terrorist
    DVD 5600 In 1978 an El Al flight crew was shot as they got off a bus in London, resulting in the wounding of then-stewardess Yulie Cohen. In 1993 she began an attempt to have her assailant Fahad Mihyi released from Dartmoor Prison. Join her now as a filmmaker years later, struggling with compassion, forgiveness and the concept of peace.
  • Or
    DVD 2483 Or, a pretty and popular Tel Aviv high school student, works nights at a neighborhood restaurant while taking her first tentative steps out of innocence and into first love. But her real full-time job is looking after her mother who has worked as a street prostitute for 20 years. The daughter must make a choice between taking care of her mother's bottomless needs or having an uncorrupted life of her own.
  • Petite Jérusalem [videorecording] = Little Jerusalem
    DVD 2849 In a Paris suburb nicknamed Little Jerusalem, a family of Sephardic Orthodox immigrants shares a low-income apartment. Beautiful, teenaged Laura distances herself from her family's religion and her own burgeoning desire by devoting every waking moment to intellectual discipline and secular philosophy. Mathilde, Laura's married older sister, worries that strict observance of the Torah's marital codes has driven her husband Ariel into the bed of another. When Laura falls under the spell of Djamel, a handsome Muslim journalist, and Mathilde discovers that her worst fears are true, the two very different sisters find themselves in very similar crises.
  • Promises
    DVD 2742 Follows the journey of a filmmaker who travels in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, where he meets seven Palestinian and Israeli children who exist in separate worlds, divided by physical, historical, and emotional boundaries although they live only 20 minutes apart. Explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of these children and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.
  • Sepharad
    DVD 7361 Over 500 years have passed since the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, but Sephardic Jewry has preserved its musical heritage. This program documents the tradition and music of Spanish singers of the Middle Ages, featuring Ladino tunes of the Middle Ages, lullabies, wedding tunes, music of the synagogue and songs of mourning.
  • Sof Shavua B'Tel Aviv
    DVD 7634 Tarek, a young Palestinian man blackmailed into a suicide mission in Tel Aviv, is given a second chance at life when the fuse on his expolsive vest fails to detonate.
  • Teiman Yemen
    VHS 5566 An unusual sense of togetherness and an abundance of musical talent are the unique traits of Yemenite Jews. They perfected singing and rhythm, drumming and dancing. The songs sung by Yemenite men are drawn from the Diwan, a compilation of poetry dating back 300 years, while the women sing ballads of love and family.
  • Too early to be quiet, too late to sing = Muḳdam mide li-shetoḳ meʾuḥar mide la-shir
    VHS 7624 "Too early to be quiet, too late to sing," wrote Yiddish poet Binem Hiller, expressing the status of Yiddish literature today. A flourishing Yiddish culture of poetry, music, drama and literature came to an abrupt end with the Holocaust. Six million Jews perished and with them their language. A small core of survivors continued to create in Yiddish after World War II, spread out among the communities of the United States, Canada, Argentina, and Israel. Now, fifty years later only a few Yiddish poets remain alive, most of them in Israel. Chava Alberstein set out to interview those last writers of Yiddish poetry, to hear their poems and stories. Along the way, she sings a superb collection of Yiddish folk songs. This is a personal film in which Alberstein perpetuates the last living Yiddish poets and gives expression to her endless love of poetry and Yiddish.
  • Trembling before G-d
    DVD 575 A documentary built around personal stories of gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews. Portrays people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passion for Judaism with the biblical prohibitions against homosexuality. Includes interviews with closeted and out gay Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, including the first openly gay Orthodox rabbis, Steven Greenberg.
  • Urs al-jalil = Wedding in Galilee = Noce en Galilee
    DVD 6218 The elder of a Palestinian village under Israeli military rule, wants permission to hold a traditional wedding for his son that will go past the imposed curfew. The Army commander agrees on the condition that he and his officers be invited as guests of honor at the cermony.
  • Women next door
    DVD 8614 (1992) This documentary about women in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict explores the roles that the Occupation has designated for women on both sides and the questions it raises. To find an answer to these questions, Israeli director Michal Aviad set off on a journey through Israel and the Occupied Territories with two other women -- a Palestinian assistant director and an Israeli cinematographer. In English, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
  • Yadon ilaheyya = Divine intervention
    DVD 1904 Elia Suleiman's critically-acclaimed satire chronicles the absurdities of life and love on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli border.
  • Yossi & Jagger
    DVD 1028 A sociological study of two men in the Israeli army who are lovers. The others in the unit react to their situation, suspecting, but not always understanding. One will leave the military soon, but for now, they are both guarding a snowy and desolute outpost from attack. In a time of strife and uncertaintly, they find hope in their unforgettable romance. Based on a true story.
  • Zehavah Ben = The solitary star
    VHS 6297 Follows Zehava Ben, a singer of Oriental Middle Eastern music, on her Middle Eastern tour. While relations between Israel and Palestine and the Arab world have become uncertain, Zehava Ben's tour has opened up a window for peace as she has gained popularity not only in Israel, but in the Arab world as well.
  • Zohar
    VHS 7411 The story of Zohar Argove, a male singer who became the idol of the Israeli masses, whose complex personality led to complications and conflict in his life.
  • al-Firdaws al-mafqūd [videorecording] = Paradise lost
    DVD 7832 Arab Israeli filmmaker Ebtisam Maraʻana grew up in Paradise (Fureidīs in Arabic), a small fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean. One of the few Arab communities remaining after the 1948 war, Paradise became culturally and politically isolated as Jewish settlements sprang up around it, and today it is a place defined by silence and repression. This film follows the director's attempt to recreate the village's lost history, including the story of her childhood hero Suuad, the legendary local "bad girl" who was imprisoned as a PLO activist in the 1970s and banished from the community.
  • ha-Diber ha-ḥamishi = Fifth Commandment
    DVD 7360 Director Shimon Azulay came from a 'traditional' family, where family unity always was paramount. Shimon's retired parents' world revolves almost exclusively around the children and grandchildren. When the director's brother becomes religious, the delicate fabric that holds this family together begins to unravel. In spite of the tremendous gaps that now exist, the Azulays struggle to keep the family united.
  • ha-Hesder= Time of favor
    DVD 4647 A taut thriller about the tense relationship between the orthodox nationalists and the Israeli military in the West Bank. Both a politico-psychological drama and a love story between a passionate woman and two best friends. Raises questions of faith to one's religion, duty to one's nation, and love for oneself.
  • Ḳazablan
    DVD 3842 A musical film set in Jaffa in the 1960s. Kazablan is a Morrocan-born Israeli army veteran who has become the leader of Jaffa's most feared street gang. He is in love with Rachel, the daughter of Polish parents who forbid her to associate with him. Yanosh, the owner of the shoe store, is also in love with Rachel. When the residents pool their money in an attempt to save their neighborhood from being bulldozed by the city, the money is stolen, and Yanosh frames Kazablan for the crime.
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