Event DetailsDecember 3, 2020 – December 10, 2020
This year, the Other Israel Film Festival goes virtual for the first time ever. The festival presents an in-depth look into Israeli and Palestinian societies. Over 20 feature-length and short films will be available, examining timely themes such as Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, Israel and the military, education, Israeli leaders, and more. Screenings of these award-winning international films will be accompanied by interactive conversations with notable guests.
This year The Other Israel Film Festival will present a special celebration of the first night of Chanukah: A special performance of MusicTalks celebrating Chag HaChagim, the Festival of Holidays, which is celebrated every December in Haifa, Israel. Together with musicians of the three Abrahamic religions, we will recreate this unique experience bringing together people of different faiths in celebration of Chanukah, Christmas, and Ramadan with music and song.
A Common Goal by Shuki Gozhik
Israel | 2020 | 52 min |Doc
Almost half the players on the Israeli National Soccer Team are Muslim, including the captain. The team’s diverse group of players causes controversy, especially during an important European tournament, most of it provoked by racist fans and the media. The players have their loyalty questioned by all sides while trying to guide Israel‘s national team through the year’s biggest international challenge.
Crossings by Itzik Lerner
Israel | 2020 | 88 min | Doc
An in-depth look into the training and activity of soldiers serving at the controversial checkpoints between the Palestinian Authority and Israel. For the first time in their lives, these young Israelis must play a direct role in the conflict. This behind-the-scenes perspective is a glimpse into the process and feelings of the soldiers.
Golda by Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir, and Shani Rozanes
Israel/Germany | 2019 | 85 min | Doc
Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After the filming ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as Prime Minister—five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost.
Kings of Capitol Hill by Mor Loushy
Israel | 2020 | 90 min | Doc
AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is the spearhead of the pro-Israeli lobby in the US. What started out as a liberal grassroots organization has become one of the most influential lobby organizations in America. For the past 60 years, AIPAC has maintained a strict “no interview” policy. Now, for the first time, its founding fathers are speaking out, granting full access to the untold story of the organization and to the turbulent relationship between Israel and the US.
Ma’abarot by Dina Zvi Riklis
Israel | 2019 | 84 min | Doc
The Israeli transit camps of the 1950s were a controversial enterprise, housing hundreds of thousands of new immigrants from different parts of the world, transitioning them into becoming part of the Israeli cultural tapestry. The film unravels multiple stories of the camp residents, examining and discovering many surprising new details while shattering stereotypes prevalent in the current Israeli consciousness.
Objector by Molly Stuart
Israel/Palestine | 2019 | 75 min | Doc
Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military, and becomes determined to challenge this rite of passage. Despite her family’s political disagreements and the possibility of social backlash and imprisonment, she refuses military duty and takes a stand for justice.
One Hundred Percent by Yael Kipper, Ronen Zaretzky
Israel | 2019 | 70 min | Doc
The Druze are an Arabic-speaking religious population scattered around the Middle East that frequently experiences systemic discrimination. The Druze village of Beit Jann has the highest rate of high school graduates in Israel. Until recently, the school had only a 12 percent graduation rate, but now, through dedicated educators, it has climbed to 100 percent. But is this goal worth the extreme measures that are being taken? Do the students possess a real chance for a better future? This is the story of a closed society trying to navigate a changing reality.
One More Jump by Emanuele Gerosa
Italy/Switzerland/Lebanon | 2019 | 83 min | Doc
Abdallah and Jehad are athletes and old friends from Gaza whose choices have led them down diverging paths. Abdallah has managed to escape to Italy to pursue his professional parkour career. Jehad still lives in Gaza, caring for his family and training young athletes who see sports as a means of hope and release amidst the conflict.
The Prophet by Ilan Rubin Fields
Israel | 2019 | 68 min | Doc
The story of Israel‘s most radical politician, Rabbi Meir Kahane. The American rabbi’s teachings remain one of the largest influences of Israel’s right wing. Today, thirty years after Kahane himself was barred from Israeli parliament, “Kahanism” has seeped into Israeli society, and Kahane’s prophecy about the divide between Judaism and democracy echoes today in the Knesset halls.
‘Til Kingdom Come by Maya Zinshtein
Israel/UK/Norway | 2020 | 76 min | Doc
Millions of American Evangelicals are praying for the State of Israel. Pastors encourage an impoverished Kentucky community, “the forgotten people of America,” to donate to Israel in anticipation of Jesus’s impending return. A deep look into the controversial bond between Evangelicals and Jews, in a story of faith, power, and money, revealing how America’s Right is led by an end-times apocalyptic countdown.
My Dearest Enemy by Zipora Trope
Israel | 2020 | 100 min | Narrative
The story of a friendship between two women—Alice, a Palestinian-Israeli professor, and Maya, a Jewish-Israeli artist. The two women met in Jerusalem as young girls, but grew up taking very different paths.The film spans over 25 years as they struggle to keep their friendship in the midst of their communities’ ever growing conflict.
Laila in Haifa by Amos Gitai
Israel/France | 2020 | 99 min | Narrative
One fateful night in a club in the diverse port city of Haifa, the interweaving stories of five women come together. The film presents a snapshot of contemporary life in one of the last remaining spaces where Israelis and Palestinians come together to engage in face-to-face relationships.