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Sand Storm

Balancing Bedouin tradition and modern life is a rocky path for women.

Baba Joon

There is a quiet eloquence to director Yuval Delshad’s debut film about the burgeoning conflict between a father and his teenage son.

Tikkun

The prime reason to see this artsy film is the beautiful black-and-white, weird, and mystical imagery of cinematographer Shai Goldman.

Wedding Doll

Depicting a mental disability on film is always tricky, but actress Moran Rosenblatt does a fine job balancing her character’s inherent sweetness with an underlying sense of frustration.

JeruZalem

The found-footage horror film is the ugly stepchild in a family of ugly stepchildren. If slasher films do not get respect, found-footage movies, save for one or two, tend to elicit groans and rolling eyes. They are super cheap to make, the cinematography and sound are generally awful, and the acting worse because, for the […]

Rabin, the Last Day

Horribly, terrorism and assassinations seem more common now than when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was gunned down while he was leaving a peace rally in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995. Writer/director Amos Gitai’s frighteningly relevant and insightful re-creation of the days leading up to that murder is a sophisticated analysis of the ways […]

Censored Voices

Censorship always adds the allure of the forbidden to material, and that notoriety seems to be the case with Censored Voices. With rare archival footage, director Mor Loushy illustrates this collection of audio interviews with Israeli veterans of the 1967 Six Day War that were taped almost immediately after Israel captured the West Bank, East […]

The Kindergarten Teacher

Written and Directed by Nadav Lapid Produced by Carole Scotta, Osnat Handelsman-Keren and Talia Kleinhendler Released by Kino Lorber Hebrew with English subtitles Israel. 119 min. Not Rated With Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz, Ester Rada, Guy Oren, Yehezkel Lazarov, and Dan Toren The Kindergarten Teacher poses fascinating and unsettling questions about the arts […]

A Borrowed Identity

Directed by Eran Riklis Produced by Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt, Chilik Michaeli Written by Sayed Kashua, based on his novels Dancing Arabs, Let It Be Morning and Second Person Singular Released by Strand Releasing Israel. 104 min. Not rated In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles With Tawfeek Barhom, Ali Suliman, Yaël […]