Total Denial

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.

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The Tale of Nicolai and the Law of Return

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.

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The Prisoner

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.

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The Judge

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.

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The Fatwa (The Trail to 9/11)

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.

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The Cemetery Club

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.

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Teacher Irena

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

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Stalags – Holocaust & Pornography in Israel

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

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War Memories, Kippur (Souvenirs de Guerre, Kippour)

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.

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Souvenirs

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.

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