Israel/Palestine Studies

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One of modern history’s defining ongoing conflicts, where issues of nationalism, religion and ethics vie for legitimacy and recognition.

Israel/Palestine Studies Collection

  • Budrus | Director: Julia Bacha  
    Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: Israel, Palestine, USA | Language: English, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel's Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women's contingent that quickly moves to the front lines. Struggling side by side, father and daughter unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today. In an action-filled documentary chronicling this movement from its infancy, Budrus shines a light on people who choose nonviolence to confront a threat.
  • The Women Pioneers | Director: Michal Aviad  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    A hundred years ago, women pioneers came from Europe to Palestine, to realize the dream of creating a new woman in a new world, a woman who is as independent as men are. The women pioneers have left diaries and texts which tell their stories. Their writings shed new light on the archival footage of the time. The Women/Pioneers uncovers the course of their passionate battles and painful disappointments, until they were defeated, and gave up their own liberation for the national struggle.
  • Promises | Director: Justine Shapiro   B.Z. Goldberg   Carlos Bolado  
    Year of production: 2001 | Country of production: USA | Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. Emmy award-winning and Academy award-nominated, PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.
  • Women Of Hamas | Director: Suha Arraf  
    Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: Germany, Israel | Language: Arabic (with full English subtitles available)

    While the most prominent members of the controversial organisation Hamas are men, most of its field work is carried out by cadres of women supporters. These women of Hamas are the most powerful women in the Palestinian territories. Focusing on three such women, this film probes at their ideological commitment to the movement and gives us an insight into the work of those who remain in the shadows.
  • Ford Transit | Director: Hany Abu-Assad  
    Year of production: 2002 | Country of production: Netherlands | Language: Arabic (with full English subtitles available)

    Rajai, a Palestinian “service” taxi driver ferries his passengers between East Jerusalem and Ramallah for 3 shekels a ride. En route, he either gives you insight into the daily challenges faced by Palestinians under Israeli occupation, or he drives you crazy. Or both. His take on the Intifada, suicide bombings and life in general is mirrored in his passengers—which include prominent Palestinian political and cultural figures, and more than one delightful cameo appearance in this blurry document of fact and fiction.
  • Holy Fire | Director: Yoram Sabo  
    Year of production: 2008 | Country of production: Israel | Language: English, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    The Old City of Jerusalem is in the heart of the Middle East conflict. Measuring just a single square kilometer, people from three of the world's great religions rub shoulders in four distinct quarters, and houses built on top of each other nestle against some of the holiest sites in the world. There, of all places, tense co-existence is maintained. In the churches, leaders of the feuding sects stake their religious and territorial claims. On top of the Temple Mount, a group of Palestinian children practice throwing stones, while beneath them an orthodox Jew plans to rebuild the Jewish Temple.
  • To See If I’m Smiling | Director: Tamar Yarom  
    Year of production: 2007 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    Israel has the only army in the world to draw women for mandatory military service. Here, female soldiers share their perspective on a seemingly endless war and the moral challenges inherent in their relationship to the Palestinian population. The women look back critically at the way they handled the power that was placed in their young hands at the young age of eighteen and courageously answer the painful questions that were never asked during their time in the army. Did they really smile in these pictures? 
  • No. 17 | Director: David Ofek  
    Year of production: 2004 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    In 2002, a bus traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberius blew up in a suicide bombing. 17 people were killed, of which 16 were identified. No. 17 was not. He was buried a few weeks later in an anonymous grave. The police stopped trying to identify him, believing he must have been a lone foreign worker. This is where the filmmaker steps in, documenting, over a period of six months, his real time search for the identity of a man whom no one claimed as missing.
  • Luxuries | Director: David Ofek  
    Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    An elusive “coordinator,” vague formulas that calculate “survival capacity”, warehouses cramped with rotting goods, and donkeys dressed up as zebras – all take part in the mosaic that sketches a surreal reality in which evil and stupidity merge.
    Director David Ofek takes the viewer on a journey to the absurd front of the Israeli “blockade on Gaza”, revealing the consequences of a policy that limits the flow of goods into Gaza.
  • Life Sentences | Director: Nurit Kedar, Yaron Shani  
    Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Arabic, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    An Arab man marries a Jewish woman. They give birth to a girl and a boy and live in quiet harmony among the Arab-Jewish community. Nobody realizes that behind dozens of mysterious terror attacks which trembles the state of Israel in the late 60's stands no other than the Arab father.

    When he is caught the mother decides to flee the country with her kids. When they grow up, the two will take opposite roads – She will become an ultra-orthodox Jew, and he will fall in love and marry his Muslim cousin..
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