"Hill 24 Doesn't Answer" (1955)
was Israel's first breakout film
The 1934 "Land of Promise" was one of the first films to promote Jewish pioneering in the Land of Israel
Meyer Levin's heroic "The Illegals," was made while crossing the Alps with WWII Jewish Refugees on their way to Palestine (Aliyah Bet)
These interviews appeared on "Jewish Cinematheque," seen on the Jewish Broadcasting Service
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Director Jonathan Gruber (“Follow Me: The Yonatan Netanyahu Story”) talks about “Upheaval,” his new documentary detailing the life of the iconic former Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin.
With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, documentarian Dror Moreh (“The Gatekeepers”) crafts “The Human Factor,” the behind-the-scenes story of how U.S. negotiators came within reach of securing peace between Israel and its neighbors over the last 25 years.
Filmmaker Eytan Fox (“Walk on Water,” “Yossi and Jagger”) discusses “Sublet,” his latest drama about a sorrowful American travel writer brought back to life by his connection with a younger man and the city of Tel Aviv.
Shira Haas, award-winning Israeli actress and star of “Shtisel” and “Unorthodox” is joined by first-time feature narrative writer-director Ruthy Pribar to discuss “ASIA,” their new film that tells the universal and timeless story of maternal love and loss.
Israeli/American star of stage, screen and television, Mike Burstyn (“Two Kuni Lemels”) discusses his movie-directing debut “Azimuth,” about an Israeli soldier and Egyptian soldier in conflict after the Six Day War. The discussion also touches on Burstyn’s long-ranging show business career.
Israeli director and actor Gur Bentwich (“The Bentwich Syndrome”) and renowned Israeli actor Alon Abutbul discuss Bentwich’s award-winning film “Peaches and Cream” — about a director trying to rescue his failed movie.
Director Anat Goren discusses her four-part TV series that chronicles the story of five generations of the Dayans that included I.D.F. Chief of Staff and Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan, a story integrally linked to the mythology and history of the State of Israel.
Ophir Award-winning fiction & documentary filmmaker Dani Menkin (“On the Map”) discusses his film “Aulcie” about the African-American basketball player from Harlem, Aulcie Perry, who moved to Israel and led Maccabi Tel Aviv to its first European Championship, while also facing numerous challenges.
Director Yaron Zilberman talks about his film, “Incitement,” winner of the 2019 Ophir Award for Best Picture. His narrative follows the events that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin through the eyes of the murderer, Yigal Amir. With a great performance by Yehuda Nahari Halevi.
Filmmaker Barak Heymann, joined by the subject of his film- controversial Israeli Member of Knesset and academic Dov Khenin, an avowed communist, chronicles how Khenin worked across the political divide in Israel’s parliament to pass over 100 bills.
Shani Rozanes discovered an “off-the-record” 1978 television interview with Golda Meir in an archive, given just months before her death. She uses this as a jumping-off point for her documentary on the life of Golda, Israel’s fourth prime minister.
Film director Eran Riklis (“Cup Final,” “Lemon Tree,” “The Syrian Bride”) discusses his new thriller, “Spider In The Web,” about an aging spy on one last mission and a mysterious woman who turns the hunter into the hunted.
Arab-Israeli co-writer and director of the 2019 hit Israeli comedy “Tel Aviv on Fire,” Sameh Zoabi, describes how his film depicts a Palestinian working on a Jerusalem soap opera becoming friends with an Israeli checkpoint commander.
Jeremy Newberger, one of the co-directors of the film “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel,” tells the story of Israel’s Cinderella run in the World Baseball Classic of 2016-2017, that led to their being able to represent Israel at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Filmmaker Boaz Yehonatan Yacov discusses becoming religious late in life and marrying a non-religious filmmaker; and his directorial debut in “Redemption,” about a religious rock star who returns to performing music to raise money for his sick child.
Veteran Israeli actor Sasson Gabai, three-time winner of Israel's Ophir Award for Best Acting, discusses playing the lead role in “The Band’s Visit” in both the movie (Best Actor - Israeli Ophir Award) and as Tony Shalhoub's replacement in the Tony Award-winning Broadway show.
Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad (“The Women Pioneers”) looks at Israeli society from a woman’s point-of-view. In her narrative “Working Woman”, she highlights the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. Actress Liron Ben-Shlush won the Ophir Award for Best Actress.
Israeli director Ofir Raul Graizer discusses the meaning of his first feature film and his 2018 Ophir Best Picture Award-winning “The Cakemaker,” explaining how the dramatic story parallels his personal life.
Israeli film producer, director, screenwriter and actor Avi Nesher (“Halehaka-The Band,” “Turn Left at the End of the World,”) discusses his family’s history in the Holocaust; the success of his past films; and his 2018 film, “Pilgrim” (“The Other Story”), the second in a trilogy set in Jerusalem.
Israeli Gil Levanon- granddaughter of a Holocaust Survivor, and Australian Kat Rohrer- granddaughter of a Nazi officer, discuss their documentary that explores why so many Israelis resettle in Germany and how grandparents respond to their decision.
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