Israeli Films

Israeli Films, Now Streaming

09/18/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Looking for a little Israeli culture but don’t want to leave your house? Well, how about streaming an award-winning Israeli movie with your choice of snack: popcorn or bamba (Israel’s snack of choice, peanut-butter puffed goodness). Make it the ultimate movie night with one of the Israeli classics like “Sallah Shabati” or even a film in movie theaters right now.

A scene from “Aviva, My Love,” an Israeli film available on new JCC in Manhattan streaming website.

Can Pro-Israel Films Reach Wide Audiences?

Two new films deserve viewers, but Israel is a hard sell these days.

01/20/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

After recently screening two new, first-rate documentary films about Israel, my first thought was that they should each be made mandatory viewing for Jewish youth in the diaspora, and maybe Israel, too.

Gary Rosenblatt

Israeli Films Continue To Challenge National Policies

Critical portrayals of Jerusalem are increasingly popular, at home and abroad.

05/05/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Every spring, as Israel Independence Day nears, I receive many requests from institutions seeking to screen a film that celebrates Israel. They’re not looking for one with a complicated or progressive view of Israel; they’re looking for a new, good old-fashioned, unquestionably Zionist film. As director of the Israel Film Center at The JCC in Manhattan, I try to see all the quality Israeli films, and every year I have a hard time finding such films to celebrate Israel Independence Day.

Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir,” a critical look at Israel’s 1982 War in Lebanon. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classic

Israel’s “Footnote” Gets Oscar Nod

01/23/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) -- “Footnote,” Israel’s Oscar entry for best foreign-language film, was nominated for an Academy Award.

The nominations were released Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

“Footnote,” directed and written by Joseph Cedar, centers on the rivalry between a father and son, both famous Talmudic scholars in Jerusalem.

At Sundance, View Of Israel Ranges From Critical To Abysmal

01/23/2012 - 19:00

PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – For Israel fans, it's all pain and anguish this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Unlike in years past at America’s top independent film fest, when feature films exploring the nuances of Israeli life offset some hard-hitting documentaries – such as in 2007 when the award-winning “Sweet Mud” contrasted with “Hothouse” – 2012 has no such leavening agents. At the venues in this mountainous ski town showing the films this week, the views of Israel range from critical to abysmal.

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