"Hill 24 Doesn't Answer" (1955)
was Israel's first breakout film
These interviews appeared on "Jewish Cinematheque," seen on the Jewish Broadcasting Service
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Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv speaks about ‘Golda,' his new, highly anticipated film about the fourth prime minister of the State of Israel, starring Helen Mirren and Liev Schreiber. Nattiv speaks about how he chose to focus the film on her decision-making during the Yom Kippur War and her legacy today.
Director Idan Haguel talks about “Concerned Citizen,” his dark comedy that tackles race and gentrification through the story of a gay couple in a multi-racial neighborhood in contemporary Tel Aviv.
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.
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.
Orit Fouks Rotem and Dana Ivgy
Frst-time Israeli director Orit Fouks Rotem and lead actress Dana Ivgy to discuss "Cinema Sabaya," winner of the Ophir Award for Best Picture of 2022. It's a film about a group of Arab and Jewish women who attend a documentary workshop where they learn to challenge preconceived beliefs and come together as mothers, wives, and women through filmmaking.
Dana Modan, creator, writer, and starring actress of "Significant Other," speaks about her award-winning, sophisticated, romantic comedic drama series about two lonely apartment neighbors, set in Tel Aviv.
Director Alon Schwarz discusses “Tantura,” his controversial documentary. The film investigates disputed events at the Palestinian village of Tantura in 1948, where survivors claimed to witness a massacre of civilians by Israeli troops.
Lebanese writer/director Oualid Mouaness discusses his award-winning film "1982," a harrowing portrait of one of the most cataclysmic moments in Lebanon’s history- told through the lens of a child and his vibrant imagination.
Shortly before the death of A. B. Yehoshua in 2022, director Yair Qedar delved into many facets of the author 's life. Considered by many to be the greatest living Israeli writer of the day, Qedar discusses how in his film "The Last Chapter of A.B. Yehoshua," Yehoshua dealt with illness and widowhood, but ultimately chose love as he embarked on his final journey.
Morris Ben-Mayor talks about "Queen Shoshana," his award-winning new documentary film about Shoshana Damari, Israel's greatest female singer. Widely known as the "first Israeli diva," Damari graced local and international stages, stirring millions with her beguiling voice and spectacular performance. Yet behind the larger-than-life persona and her memorable songs was a woman about whom we know little.
Actor Meir Gerner discusses his son Oren Gerner’s movie “Africa,” a docu-fictional drama based on the real-life experiences of family and friends in the Israeli community settlement of Nirit, and centered on his aging father’s struggle to find meaning.
Acclaimed Israeli writer/director Nadav Lapid discusses "Ahed’s Knee," his imaginative psychodrama about an Israeli filmmaker who finds himself fighting for his freedoms and his mother’s life in a remote desert village where he’s presenting one of his films. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
"Let It Be Morning," won Israel's Ophir Award in 2021 for best feature film, thereby becoming Israel's submission to the Oscars. Kolirin speaks about working with Palestinian actors on a film that challenges its audience. He also talks about his earlier success writing and directing "The Band's Visit."
"Speer Goes to Hollywood" garnered Israel’s 2021 Ophir Award for best documentary film. The movie studies Albert Speer, the highest-ranking Nazi to avoid execution at the Nuremberg Trials. Director Vanessa Lapa and producer Tomer Eliav talk about what they discovered about Speer and how his dream to have his best-selling memoir become a motion picture almost became reality.
"Golden Voices" is about two older immigrants making aliyah to Israel in 1990 from the collapsing USSR, trying to find their place in Israeli society. Writer-Director Ruman drew on his personal experience as an immigrant to Israel to make this film.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gabay, 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.