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
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.