Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behavior, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death. We are all connected to any person, animal and insect that may have an infectious disease incubating in them. And that connection is either incredibly dangerous or a powerful force for good. It is our choice which of those becomes true.
In October of 2016 the battle for Mosul, the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital in northern Iraq, began. With unprecedented access, Bernard-Henri Lévy and his team follow the Kurdish units and the Iraqi special Golden Division. From street to street, they fight together to regain this city of two million inhabitants. Though successful, the hopes of the Kurdish fighters might not always align with those of their allies.
For centuries, traditional music has unified Mali’s society. Yet the music of Mali is in jeopardy. Radical Islamists introduced sharia law, prohibited dance and secular music and destroyed instruments. MALI BLUES tells the story of four musicians who refuse to accept hatred, suspicion, violence, and a radical interpretation of Islam in their country.
The film follows the stories of a new generation of Palestinians who through social media manage to reach beyond the physical barriers of the occupation. Manal, Issa, Ahmad and Mussa, from the West Bank and Gaza, are looking to break through the current status quo and to regain their freedom. They are the Palestinian Generation Y.
"You lack inner peace, I can see it in your eyes..." With this abrupt remark thrown at her by a woman visiting Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, filmmaker Moran Ifergan is reminded of the religion she left in her late teens, when she used to frequent this holy site. While her marriage falls apart, Moran takes us on an around-the-clock journey to the women's side of the Wall; mixing between private and public, sound and image, God and His absence.
Once a year the DREAM BOAT sets sail for a cruise only for gay men. Far from their families and political restrictions, we follow five men from five countries on the quest for their dreams. The cruise promises seven days of sunshine, love, and freedom – but on board are also their personal stories, their doubts and uncertainties…
All blind from birth, Denis, Peggy and their daughter Lauviah, are haunted by the tragic death of Hassan, the family’s second child, painfully seek redemption. Convinced that their son will soon be back by their sides, this tenacious family of three seek to transcend their suffering in order to attain peace.
Winnie Madikizela Mandela is one of the most misunderstood and intriguingly powerful contemporary female political figures. Her rise and seeming fall from grace, bears the hallmarks of epic tragedy. For the first time, this film pieces together and properly considers her life and contribution to the struggle to bring down Apartheid from the inside, with intimate insight from those who were closest to her and with testimony from the enemies who sought to extinguish her radical capacity to shake up the order of things.
Mogadishu Soldier offer an unsentimental and truly unique view into the fight against the jihadist militants in Al-Shabaab. Two soldiers have been given a camera by the film’s director, and commence to deliver a steady flow of extraordinary material.
From July to December 2015, Bernard-Henri Lévy and a team of cameramen traveled the 1000 kilometers of the front-line that separates Iraqi Kurdistan from Daesh's troupes.
Val swapped family life for seclusion in the Colombian jungle. Now pregnant, her daughter, film director Clare Weiskopf confronts her with the choices she made in an attempt to heal her wounds and define motherhood before becoming a parent herself.
For nearly four months during one of New Hampshire’s coldest winters on record, Linda Bishop, holed up in a farm house, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her.
Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike.
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era.
A Gonzo-style exploration which goes beyond everything you've ever learnt about the dangers of the Darknet. Hackers, cypherpunks and cryptoanarchists guide us ever deeper down this rabbit hole, uncovering the hidden light at the bottom of the deep dark web.
Brunhilde Pomsel was closer to Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels than anyone alive today. She was his personal secretary and stenographer.
In Death by a Thousand Cuts, the murder investigation of a Dominican park ranger by a Haitian charcoal producer reveals the complex, growing conflict between the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the battle for natural resources.
“Landfill Harmonic” follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage.
The Pearl is an intimate and visceral profile of 4 transgender women that come out for the first time in their senior years. Set against the backdrop of logging towns in the Pacific Northwest, the cinematic and observational story is not about becoming a woman, but rather explores what it means to leave behind living as a man.
What does it take to express yourself? The surprising and moving story of Madonna’s most famous troupe of dancers.
Behind the walls of a forbidden city, the only thing more dangerous than its secrets is the truth.
Two women, their voices echoing over the landscape and highways of Mexico from North to South, as they tell how official corruption and injustice allowed violence to take control of their lives, desires and dreams. An emotional and evocative journey, steeped not only in loss and pain, but also in love, dignity and resistance.
Snow Monkey is an epic portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, where art activist Gittoes recruited gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local, Pashto-style films: vibrant, colorful and infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis.
After decades of steady deterioration, writer and academic John Hull became totally blind. He begins keeping a diary on audio-cassette. On these tapes John maps his journey through a world without faces; a world without day and night or the seasons; a shadowland that threatens to engulf not only precious memories of his wife and children but the life they share.
It begins with a single, microscopic embryo. Add three dedicated researchers at ViaCyte, a biotech start-up in San Diego, and a bold and innovative idea.
In August 2011 29 year old Mark Duggan was shot and killed whilst being arrested by armed police in Tottenham. This incident ignited a riot that escalated into a week of the worst civil unrest in recent British history.
In a never-before-seen interview filmed a few years before his death, Sidney Lumet guides us through his life and work. Powerfully dramatic and wildly entertaining films such as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, and Network, are just part of the canon of one of the most socially conscious directors in the history of cinema.
An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age.
The story of the Rise and fall of National Lampoon. Amid the cultural shift of the 1970s, American comedy got a sharper edge when a newly minted magazine named National Lampoon stuck its middle finger up at the establishment. Energetic, revolutionary, and often hilarious, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD elevates nostalgia to a roof-raising experience.
The FBI called it “the longest-running con in FBI history”: Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a man known to close friends and family as "Clark Rockefeller", lived a life of deception and crime before settling on his ultimate scam – impersonating a Rockefeller.
The fearless Colombian philosopher-politician-teacher Antanas Mockus and his followers struggle for peace in a country with the longest running internal conflict in the world. This is a story about 4 years and a life time that changed a country. And how learning to lose patiently might make you win.
The dream of marrying rich can turn into a horrible nightmare, as some oligarchs’ wives have found out. Director Alexander Gentelev (“Oligarchs”, “Thieves by Law”, “Putin’s Games”) once again achieves amazing access to a hidden Russian world as he meets women before, during, and after their time as a trophy spouse.
Ryan Green’s four-year-old son Joel has terminal cancer. Ryan, an indie video game developer, is building an unusually poetic video game to document his experiences raising a dying child, and to honor Joel while he is still alive. THANK YOU FOR PLAYING follows the creation and growing success of Ryan’s game, as he continues to care for his son.
The film explores how Michail Khodorkovsky struggles with his new freedom, after 10 prison years. Will the ex-Oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky rise again - prevent a war, dethrone Putin - and help change Russia for the better?
Twelve-year-old Mussa won't speak and no one knows why. He is an African refugee living in Tel Aviv, and for the past five years he's been bussed from his troubled neighborhood to an upscale private school. Moussa's Israeli classmates are his best friends, but he chooses to communicate with them only through gestures. Despite the bond he shares with his friends and teacher, Mussa is alone; his parents struggle to make ends meet and are seldom home, leaving Mussa with his voiceless thoughts and a real fear of being deported back to Ethiopia.
Psychologist Frank Nervik exposes the grim truth about the Nordic fur industry. Posing as a new fur farmer, his hidden camera captures riveting footage of his training and day-to-day work, culminating in him being forced to experience the process all the way to the painful end.
'Lanzmann' explores the arduous 12-year journey that led to the creation of one of the most important films of our time. On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the release of Claude Lanzmann’s 'Shoah' this documentary reveals for the first time the trials and tribulations the French iconoclast faced.
For the last 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous and hilarious hoaxes to draw international attention to corporate crimes against humanity and the environment
Coming of age in the 1960s, John Wojtowicz' libido was unrestrained even by the libertine standards of the era, with multiple wives and lovers, both women and men. In August 1972, he attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex‐reassignment surgery, resulting in a fourteen‐hour hostage situation that was broadcast live on television. Three years later, John was portrayed by Al Pacino as "Sonny"
Leading up to the Olympics in Sochi, a law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors” was passed in Russia. Gay Olympians were confronted with a tough decision: whether to protest in defense of their Russian comrades or compete in silence.
Invasión, an eye-opening documentary about the U.S. military siege of Panama that ousted dictator Manuel Noriega 25 years ago while wreaking untold collateral damage. By turns sardonic and harrowing, Invasión sets out to shatter the willful amnesia of a country all too eager to bury its troubled past.
Part road movie, part spectacle, part human drama, Monsoon is a documentary exploration of chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers. The subject is monsoon, the incomparably vast seasonal weather system that permeates and unifies the immense and varied culture of India, shaping the conditions of existence for its billion-plus inhabitants.
War of Lies is the story of an Iraqi refugee, whose information about portable weapons of mass destruction passed through the hands of the BND, MI6 and CIA. This information was ultimately used by the US government to legitimize the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Today we know the war was based on a lie.
National Diploma follows a group of young Congolese high school students who are about to sit the exam for their National Diploma, the "Final Exams", in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
Yoel Krause is an anti-Zionist who has been collecting pashkavils for 20 years and has over 20,000 in his possession. Israel Kletzkin is different: charismatic, talented, a joker and savvy businessman, who put in a bid and became the official pashkavil paster of the city of Jerusalem. Both men are believers who will not compromise their respective ways of life.
Social acceptance in modern Israel depends largely on one's military service. Troubled youth—particularly those convicted of misdemeanor crimes—are not drafted into the army; thus preventing them from overcoming the past and integrating into mainstream society.
Marking Lebanon in August of 2006 as both the starting and ending point, this film takes us through the bloody terrain of the Middle East over the past six years.
Women Behind the Camera reveals the courageous lives of pioneer camerawomen from Hollywood to Bollywood, from war zones to children's laughter, in a way that has never been seen before.
In Haiti, there is one band that has seen it all: Septentrional. For six decades this 20 piece band has been making beautiful music- a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats, and turns out thousands of fans each time it plays. This film offers a deeper understanding into the survival of Haitian culture and Septentrional through the country's turbulent history.
Today in America over 300,000 veterans are homeless. Nearly half of them served in Vietnam. In 2002 filmmaker Dan Lohaus set off across the US to document the lives of homeless Vietnam veterans and listen to their stories.
This is the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Jewish sports club, Hakoah Vienna. Hakoah ("Strength" in Hebrew) was founded in 1909, in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which most Austrian sports clubs adopted forbidding the acceptance of Jewish athletes as their members.
Ten years after his first Wadi, Amos Gitai takes up again the tale of the inhabitants of Wadi Rushmia. The former protagonists are still there. Their living conditions have deteriorated and new Russian immigrants have arrived and settled. The circumstances and individual stories reflect the political and social situation of the region, which has deteriorated.
Twenty years after his first "Wadi," Amos Gitai returns for the third time to Wadi Rushmia. The site has been almost entirely destroyed by real-estate developers. Yussuf and his wife, guardians of the place and of its history, still live there... 'Wadi Grand Canyon' is composed of three films shot in 1981, 1991 and 2001 on the Wadi Rushmia site.
Wadi is a valley located east of Haifa. A former stone quarry, it is a sort of enclave where Eastern European immigrants, survivors of the camps, live in a state of fragile coexistence with Arabs who have also been expelled from their homes
Shot in high definition from a helicopter-mounted camera, this documentary recounts Greek mythology, legend, history and archaeology from above. A voyage of past and present, of the mainland and the islands: Delphi, Mount Olympus, Athens, Thessaloniki, the Peloponese, Ithaka, Santorini and Crete
Hollman Morris is an internationally acclaimed journalist who, in his weekly television show, Contravia, boldly confronts the violence that ravages his homeland of Columbia.
Eighteen years after "House," Amos Gitai returns to the setting of his first film to observe the changes in the new residents as well as in the neighbourhood. The filmmaker works like an archaeologist, revealing, under multiple layers, a complex labyrinth of destinies.
Shattering assumptions about faith, sexuality and religious fundamentalism, this film is built around intimately-told personal stories of Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian. This group of people face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passionate love of G-d with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality.
Burmese activist Ka Hsaw Wa lives as a fugitive outlaw. His American wife initiated a lawsuit in a US court against Unocal, an oil company. In the case 15 villagers sued the company for human-rights abuses, accusing it of collaborating with the Myanmar military to build a pipeline using forced labor. The film reveals the crisis in Myanmar and demonstrates how international companies cooperate with tyrant governments for financial profit.
The story of Nicolai begins in a tiny, remote village in the Romanian region of Moldavia. With the collapse of communism, Nicolai - like many thousands of other villagers - suddenly found himself out of work, so he decided to seek his fortune overseas, far from his family and home. As his story unfolds, the film raises ethical questions about life in Israel and the kind of law that defines Israel's national identity.
Finally released after years in prison, a sixty-year-old man must come to grips with the fact that his family has abandoned him. Forced to face his freedom alone, he discovers one day that he has a daughter. She is his one chance to make up for his past and achieve his final redemption.
Few judges anywhere have confronted the challenges faced by Aharon Barak, the former Chief Justice of Israel's Supreme Court and on camera for the very first time. A survivor of the Holocaust, he knows firsthand the dangers posed by intolerance and xenophobia, and spent his career negotiating a delicate balance between Israel as a Jewish state and Israel as a democracy.
In 1990, Rabbi Meir Kahane was assassinated in New York. The police raided the killer's apartment finding evidence suggesting that the assassin may have been at the heart of a terrorist cell, but the case was wrapped up and the confiscated evidence was never translated. Investigation of the 1993 World Trade Center attack in New York found a link to the Kahane assisnation, making it difficult not to wonder if a more serious investigation of the Kahane case in 1990 would have stopped Al Quaeda in its tracks.
For over two decades, a group of women and men have been meeting weekly at Israel's National Cemetery. Amongst the graves of the nation's dignitaries, they debate philosophy, read poetry, eat lunch and determine the fate of the Jewish nation.
Summer vacation is over and 26 kids arrive to school fearful of their notoriously strict new teacher, Irena. Russian born Irena immigrated to Israel with her son and husband who died shortly after. She faces the challenge of teaching the third grade in one of the most difficult neighborhoods in Jerusalem where poverty, violence and unemployment are widespread
In the early sixties the most popular books in Israel were the "Stalags," lustful pornographic books describing sadomasochistic acts between sexy female Nazi officers and prisoners held at concentration camps. This film is a voyage in search of the genre writers who until now have never revealed their identities or the motives that led them to produce these books
In 1973, during the Kippur War, an Israeli helicopter with a first aid crew was shot down over the Golan Heights. There were seven men aboard including Amos Gitai. Twenty years later, he meets up with the other crew members and returns to the location of the accident. It is a journey towards remembering a trauma and finding the scars it has left on the survivors.
Shahar is an unemployed filmmaker. His father, Sleiman, a strict 82-year-old Yemenite suggests that Shahar should make a film about the Jewish Brigade in which he served during WWII. Shahar would not be so enthusiastic about this theme had he not realized that he may find a lost brother or sister that his father left behind as a "Souvenir." Apparently, Sleiman had two Dutch girlfriends during that time, which he believes he left pregnant.
Past present and future mix in this eloquent and intense portrait of documentary filmmaker David Fisher and his siblings, as they retrace the footsteps of their late father—a Holocaust survivor who was interned in Gusen and Gunskirchen, Austria
This rousing tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle was recorded at New York City's Town Hall in May 2011 and features her famously musical family - children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, older sisters Anna and Jane - and equally gifted friends including Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones.
Beginning with the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, this two-hour documentary traces the ongoing peace process through years of negotiations and never before-seen footage of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and interviews with key figures on both sides of the bargaining table, giving viewers unprecedented access to the decision making process on which the fate of millions depends.
Seven years after completing an IDF combat course, the director returns to the place where she first fell in love with a woman – her commander. Over the course of 66 days and nights, the film follows the girls in one of the most rigorous combat courses and reveals the mechanism that enables the transformation of 18-year-old girls into fierce soldiers.
Jamie Kastner (A Kike Like Me) sets off on a black-comic road trip through California, Europe and Dubai meeting those who manage to turn the world economic crisis into opportunity
When Erez Laufer accompanied his father to Mumbai to visit his childhood home, he never imagined that he would be caught up in one of the city's most horrific terrorist accounts. Sixty years ago, his father and grandmother found refuge in India as they fled from the Nazis.
Racing Hearts follows four unlikely teams on their epic journey to conquer the world's largest relay race Hood to Coast. A celebration of personal determination and the power of family and friends, Racing Hearts proves that you're never too old or too young to attempt the extraordinary.
About 150 medical patients a day seek an unbiased second opinion from an unusual rabbi, self-educated in medicine. He can change the way the patients are treated with a single phone call, often to world-renowned experts in their fields. Admired by some doctors and harshly criticized by others, he remains a fascinating phenomenon in the tangled web of modern medicine.
The story of a French pop group, born in the Parisian suburb of Gennevilliers, discovered by Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) who invited them to record in London. Their music expresses the feelings of the people who live on the periphery of the city, a sort of alienation of the individuals by their environment, the anonymous architecture of low-rent housing characteristic of the second half of the 20th century
After Raida Abu-Mustafa is told she may have to bury her newborn child next to her two daughters, who died from a genetic disease in Gaza, Dr. Raz Somech, a young pediatrician at Tel Hashomer Medical Center, joins the fight to save the baby's life
In June 2002, a bus on its way from Tel Aviv to Tiberius was bombed. Seventeen people were killed, 16 were identified. No. 17 wasn't.
When Danielle fled her husband to Israel she was forced to leave her young son behind in Morocco. Nine years later, she returns to the land of her birth in order to win back custody over the boy. As she confronts her abusive ex-husband's family and her own family divided by the Jewish and Islamic religions, she is caught in a whirlwind of Israeli and Moroccan bureaucracy.
In South Africa, 15-year-old Nikiwe has to take care of her brothers. They live alone in their father's house. Both parents have died, supposedly from AIDS. The children do not even have an ID or birth certificate. Without it, they are not eligible to get government support. They are left to the mercy of their neighbors.
Abandoned by its Palestinian owner in the 1948 war, requisitioned by the Israeli government as vacant, rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956 and purchased by a university professor who undertakes its transformation into a three-story house in 1980, this West Jerusalem building is no longer the microcosm it once was 25 years ago.
P. Sainath, the Rural Affairs Editor of the Hindu newspaper, has taken upon himself the mission to reveal the severe agrarian crisis India is experiencing, a crisis that is generally ignored in both the local and international media. In the past 10 years over 200,000 farmers committed suicide, many by drinking pesticide, as result of economic hardship following the effects of globalization on Indian agriculture
Roza Askenazi sang the way she lived, with passion, fire and love. This is the story of three young musicians from Greece, Turkey, and Israel, who embark on an exciting musical journey, to tell the story of Greece's best-known and best-loved rebetiko singer for the first time on film.
Since the days of Prophet Mohammed, Muslim faithful around the world have heeded the muezzin's call to prayer five times a day. Today, with "Idol" type shows topping world charts, Turkey's mosques have joined the trend. In cities and hamlets across the country, muezzins compete regionally for a chance to make it to the national finals in Ankara
Livorno, Summer of 1984. In Amedeo Modigliani's hometown, well-known for the sharp irony of its locals, the innocent joke of three young students turns out to be the hoax of the century. In one night, they carve « Modi-like » heads with an electric drill.
Miss Gulag follows three women: Yulia, Tatiana and Natasha as they prepare to compete in a beauty pageant. Only these women are not the prototypical pageant contestants. They are the inmates of a Siberian prison and the venue is the prison grounds.
From the heights of his 84 years, the dramatic Greek composer takes the viewers on a journey through 70 years of his prolific musical career
A story of injustice, power and a dream that came true, Mike Brant was presented to the public as a singer-song writer and not as a cover boy until it all went sour. The story embodies the conflict between the will to succeed and the price Moshele Brandt was willing to pay.
In 1935 three Walt Disney films were screened in Moscow. Fyodor Chytruk, then a young art student, saw these films and didn't believe his eyes; he was convinced that he had seen a miracle unfolding before him. What he didn't know was that one day he himself would become one of the greats of Russian animation.
The Israeli blockade on Gaza is tightly monitored: essential necessities allowed, luxuries denied. At their weekly meeting at the Defense Ministry the Israeli bureaucrats move on to the next item on their agenda: hair conditioner. Palestinians may have a right to clean hair, but they don't have a right to smooth and silky hair
For over a century Carnegie Hall rented work-live studio spaces atop the famous music hall to artistic tenants such as Marlon Brando, Paddy Chayefsky, and Isadora Duncan. As a tenant with unlimited access into this little known world, I began to videotape the lives of my neighbors whose lives intersected with decades of artistic history. But the project took an abrupt turn when The Carnegie Hall Corporation terminated all our leases
Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is an acclaimed ecologist whose book and lectures reach thousands of people. Diagnosed at an early age with cancer, she joined a long line of patients in her family. Only she was adopted.
Nadav is a charismatic twelve-year-old with a heightened sense of social and political awareness, a natural born leader. After a long summer of terrorist bombings in Jerusalem, including one that he actually witnessed, he decides to do something about the situation and announces the formation of a new movement, "Peace for the Future," consisting entirely of children
The fascinating story of the special friendship forged between two women: Perla Ubitsch, the last remnant of a family of dwarfs that survived Dr. Mengele's cruel experiments in Auschwitz, and researcher Hannelore Witkovsky a German Protestant born after the war
Discover Israel's nature and wildlife; far from the news reels and different from anything you imagined. Located at the meeting point of three continents, Israel hosts five distinctive climatic zones creating a rich and diverse world of plants and animals
In 2010, when Spain was crowned the champion at the World Cup in South Africa, the national team of Spain, La Roja, was made up of bitter rival players from the Barcelona and Madrid teams. Yet despite this, La Roja is being held as a symbol of a united Spain and of a Utopian national identity. The film uses this complicated new combination of ethnicities and loyalties as a metaphor to explore Spain's hopes for a new future.
Once described by Mahatma Gandhi as "a pillar of light in a subcontinent lost in darkness," Kashmir has become a land of terror and despair; suffering under the strain of constant violence and human rights violations. This film tells the story of a new generation of young Muslim Kashmiris who, after years of armed resistance, decided to lay down their arms and start a nonviolent resistance movement in the hope of finally achieving peace and independence.
In 1961, Nazi war criminal Adolph Eichmann faced trial in Jerusalem. What is less known is that while the defendant was presented before a worldwide audience, numerous other trials were taking place far from the public eye. The defendants in these trials were Jews, holocaust survivors, accused of collaboration with the Nazis.
A film-diary shot in the occupied territories before and during the invasion of Lebanon.
In the summer of 2006 Jerusalem was to host, for the first time in history, the World Pride events, which were to culminate in a traditional gay pride parade. The planned events stirred turmoil in the politically complex city. Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders banned together in an uncompromising battle against what they said would "defile the holy city."
Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day.
A series of interviews with American Jews: Saul Bellow (Noble Prize in literature); I.F. Stone; A. Farbstein, who was Trostky's secretary; the Levi-Strauss Family. These interviews investigate Jewish identity and how to define it as well as the issues of roots and immigration in both the US and Israel.
This is the story of a house in West Jerusalem. It was abandoned during the 1948 war by its owner, a Palestinian doctor, requisitioned by the Israeli government as "vacant," rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956 and purchased by a university professor who undertakes its transformation into a patrician villa.
About a hundred adolescents immigrate to Israel all alone from the former USSR. Within 9 months, in a reckless atmosphere, they are supposed to transform from "Russians" to "Israelis". This film follows their changing lives, and sees them in moments of joy and sorrow, camaraderie and loneliness, hope and disillusion.
May 29, 1985 - 39 fans died in the Brussels' Heyzel Stadium before the UEFA CUP FINAL between Juventus and Liverpool began. It seems obvious that the match would be cancelled. The UEFA representatives insisted that the match be played; the Juventus management had a different plan.
Veit Harlan was, along with Leni Riefenstahl, Nazi Germany's most successful film director, remembered today for his infamous Jud Süß. Harlan was a master of national kitsch, exulting in melodrama and death, but he was also an extraordinary artist who ended up serving the Nazi propaganda machine
On the train on the way to the Festival in Vesoul, filmmakers Amos Gitai and Elia Suleiman talk about the subjects that preoccupy them: war and peace in the Middle East, their film projects, their cities, their private lives.
The life of young Rajai, a Palestinian taxi-van driver who struggles on a daily basis to get passed roadblocks and barriers, over detours and shortcuts from East Jerusalem to Ramallah and back again transporting passengers for three shekels a trip. His point of view on the Intifadah, the occupation, suicide attacks and life in general is mirrored by that of his passengers, ordinary people but also by politicians and other prominent Palestinians.
How does a single heterosexual woman, who's tired of waiting for Mr. Right, do what she desires most and give birth to a child? This dilemma challenged Dafna, until she met Itamar and Kai
Neel, 50-years old and mother of three, has been diagnosed with cancer. After three years of aggressive treatment, her oncologist has predicted she will have one year to live
In Cairo on 4 May 1994 Arafat and Rabin signed a peace agreement. For four months Amos Gitai followed the events leading up to the event and chronicled public reactions on both sides. This television film is in four parts
What is anti-Semitism today, two generation after the Holocaust? Director Yoav Shamir travels the world in search of the most modern manifestations of the "oldest hatred" and comes up with some startling answers.
In 1992 in Wuppertal, Germany, two skinheads killed a man who claimed to be Jewish. Amos Gitai questions the witnesses, the residents and the protagonists of the trial.
In the north western corner of Namibia near the Angolan boarder, one of the most godforsaken desolate regions of Africa, lives a Himba tribe. They are one of the last tribes trying to maintain a traditional way of life. Winds of change, progress and modernism coupled with the real menace of AIDS threaten to annihilate the ways of the Himba
This film looks at an ambitious initiative to re-open a previously abandoned cinema in the West Bank city of Jenin. It presents an intimate, nuanced and textured view on the city and its domestic affairs
Ayed Morrar, an unlikely Palestinian community organizer, unites all Palestinian political factions and Israelis. Together, they wage a lengthy lunch-counter-sit-in-style unarmed struggle to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier
The 1986 Euryhmics tour of Japan is the end of the world tour during which Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart promote their latest album "Revenge." The time between concerts leads to the shocking discovery of a world of sounds as cultivated by the Japanese, both brutally technological and highly refined traditional expressions.
"At 14, my grandmother's sister disappeared from her home in Israel. Years later, she started sending my family letters with a desperate plea for contact, written from a refugee camp where she lived as an Arab. My family chose to turn their backs."
In Thailand half a million women work a prostitutes while men leave the country as low paid labourers in the Gulf Emirates. This is a film on the trade of human beings and economic relations in the modern world.
A cartography of the Italian political landscape during the 1993 municipal and presidential campaigns. The leading contenders in Napels are Mussolini's Granddaughter Alessandra and her left wing rival Antonio Bassolino.
Privoli 2 (ep. 7): France has Edith Piaf, America has Bessie Smith, Cape Verde has Cesaria Evaroa and Greece has Mario." This was how Mario was described recently after a successful concert tour in Europe. | Deka Adoulas 2 (ep. 8): Teodorus Polikandriotis is one of the last great performers of rebetiko to be seen in nightclubs today. He may be seventy-eight years old, but in rebetiko there is no such thing as retirement
As we mark the 15th anniversary of the US military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, filmmaker Johnny Symons ventures to explore its affect. The policy was created to allow gay men and women to join the US military without being asked about their sexual orientation with the understanding that they would not disclose it themselves
Three weeks after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995 Amos Gitai investigates and traces the event. He travels through the country for three months. Memories of war and peace take place through various encounters.
One day, when I opened my refrigerator, I looked closely at a can of pineapples. The can said "made in the Philippines, packaged in Honoluu and distributed in San Francisco" and the label was "printed in Japan." Pineapple is a microcosm that allows me to tell a story and deal with the issue of the Third World.
In four 30-minute episodes, we set out in the footsteps of biblical Abraham as he journeys from his birthplace in ancient Mesopotamia, through Syria, Lebanon, and Israel and eventually to his final resting place in the West Bank city of Hebron. Along this trail we meet Muslims, Christians and Jews, all united in the belief that they are descended from him
Various characters meet in a Hebrew language Ulpan where their personal stories meld with the complexities of Israeli reality. The immense effort of learning a new language is revealed through their encounter with a strange culture and an unfamiliar environment
This is the story of a film that was never completed, a rough first draft of the longest Nazi propaganda film ever shot inside the Warsaw Ghetto. Shortly before the major deportation from the ghetto, a large professional film crew was sent inside to juxtapose meticulously staged scenes of Jews enjoying a life of luxury in the ghetto with images of hunger disease and death that required no staging at all
Follow the life of a group of young Palestinian outlaws, construction workers in Modiin, telling a story that takes us into an absurd reality. A daily routine of police raids and fear of the separation wall slowly closing in on them cannot take away from their youthful playfulness as they are pushed from childhood to manhood.
Most of us can relate to a search for a true identity, however, very few have to endure surgery to achieve this goal. Monica is a 22 year old Norwegian. When she was born, her parents thought she was a boy. They named her Morten. In April of 2002 Monica had her body surgically corrected to make it fit her real gender.
Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translation, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story
The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories of the West Bank.
The Russian city of Sochi on "Russia’s Riviera" is a traditional summer resort for Russia's rich and beautiful. It was also chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics by the International Olympics Committee (the IOC). It was a bizarre choice. When the IOC made its decision, there was not one single venue fit for Olympic purposes of any kind in Sochi
Hamas' takeover of Gaza turned it into one of the most controversial organizations in the world today. While the most prominent members of the group are men, most of its field work is carried out by cadres of women supporters, the most powerful women in the Palestinian territories.
From a snowy small town in Northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan and back, the film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends, forever changed by a faraway war, and their disorientation and dislocation, their struggle to fit back into their daily routines and the effect their re-entry has had on their families and community.
Made famous by the feature film "Eastern Promises", former heads of Russia’s criminal underworld, the "vori v zakone" ("Thieves by Law") share their story for the first time with the world. The thugs, who transformed into reputable businessmen, reveal in the most intimate detail how they came to influence Russia's economy as it emerged from decades of Soviet rule, and how they used their vast wealth to build up a political base in a land that once treated them as common criminals
In 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to demonstrate that his people were deserving of statehood, inspiring them to change their destiny and seek UN membership
When filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton adopts a baby girl from China, she realizes her daughter’s future journey will be a challenge. What issues of cultural identity will she face? What questions will she ask?
Around 49 million Americans struggle with the problem of not knowing where their next meal is going to come from. The stories of three people from Colorado, Pennsylvania and Mississippi shed light on the underlying causes of this huge problem. Rosie is so hungry that she can’t concentrate on schoolwork.
Robi Damelin, an Israeli of South African origin, lost her soldier son in the occupied territories. Robi tries to reconcile with her son’s Palestinian killer, however he refused, stating that her son was part of the occupation army. Now Robi travels to South Africa, 15 years after the end of Apartheid to seek answers from the South African model of the Truth and Reconciliation Committees
At 4, Maori boy, Ngaa Rauuira, learnt English, at 12 he began his first university degree, at 14 he googled international polities and came up with Yale University and at 16, he went.
Inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history
This enthralling documentary follows the life and work of the two comedy geniuses, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - the world’s most beloved comedy duo. Laurel & Hardy started way back in the days of the silent film, but their humour and talent still bring joy and laughter to peoples’ hearts even today
On 23rd February 2002 Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped in Colombia by Marxist guerrillas of the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). She was held captive in the jungle for some six and a half years. On July 2nd 2008 Ingrid was freed along with 14 fellow hostages in the most daring of military rescues without a single shot being fired.
Their family names alone evoke horror: Himmler, Frank, Goering, von Ribbentrop. Hitler’s Children is a film about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime: men and women who were left a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history.
When an American white-boy with Alabama roots becomes a Spanish Flamenco guitarist in Andalucian boots, what happens along the way and behind the scenes?
ASL (American Sign Language) Poetry is a performance art form utilizing body language, rhythm and movement to create a three dimensional pictorial equivalent to oral poetry. The film follows a group of Deaf teens introduced to ASL Poetry. Aneta, a member of the group, goes one step further, boldly entering the spoken word slam scene, a highly verbal arena
Inspired by characters from "Alice in Wonderland" "Waiting for Godot" and "Antigone", young Palestinian actresses deal with the military occupation and gender oppression, violence and grief on stage and in life