THE FIELD (aka BACK TO SEBASTIA) Director: Mordechai Vardi / Israel Category: Current Affairs /Politics Production: Mordechai Vardi: Veradim Productions; for Channel 8 (Hot Cable Communication), Commissioning Editor: Rinat Klein; The Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, Israel Associate Producer: Michael Treves: JMT Films Distribution & Co-productions Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English. Subtitles: English Expected length: 70 minutes
Logline: In the West Bank, between Jerusalem and Hebron, there is an awakening of people from both sides desiring to find hope, and working for reconciliation.
Synopsis: Etzion Block intersection (Gush Etzion), between Jerusalem and Hebron: Ali Abu Awad dedicates his family’s field as a Palestinian Center for Non-violence. Despite his life experience, four years in an Israeli prison, his mother’s five year sentence, a brother killed by an Israeli soldier- Ali creates ''Roots'' with local Israeli settlers advancing responsibility and grassroots work to enable political reconciliation. The film director accompanies the initiative for 2.5 years and documents the changes transpiring on both sides. In 2015, Etzion Junction suffers a wave of violence and the activists face a reality where their own relatives are being attacked.
Long synopsis: In the West Bank, between Jerusalem and Hebron, there is an awakening of people from both sides desiring to find hope, and working for reconciliation. In the difficult situation of national conflict with the threat of terrorist attacks and the reality of occupation.
"The Field" is a feature length documentary film that follows the "Roots" project. A first of its kind initiative between Palestinians and Israeli settlers together working towards coexistence and peace not through politics but rather through a peoples movement developing from the grass roots.
Every day, thousands of Palestinians and Israeli settlers pass through the "Etzion Junction," Near the junction you'll find the field of Ali Abu Awwad (40). Ali is a main character in the film - a charismatic leader, and his autobiography tells a story that normally produces a bitter hardened enemy. A childhood with a mother in Israeli prison, his own coming of age in the prisons because of his anti-Israel activities, his being wounded by shots fired from a passing Israeli car and his brother killed by an Israeli soldier. Ali invites Israeli settlers and Palestinians to meet in his piece of land and to hear the narrative of the other and to open to change. In Ali's field, people get liberated from the mutual fear. It's like another planet, a bubble of calm within a harsh reality. Ali's initiative is called "Roots" and it began in the winter of 2014 when he met a settler named Shaul Judelman, and they built together a partnership of peace activists. A joint project of Palestinians and Israeli settlers to find a way to live together in the hope of a better future.
FRIENDSHIP.COM Director: Alex Gabbay Production: Alex Gabbay: M & M Films Ltd. / U.K. Category: Human Interest / Science Language: English Length: 52/85minutes
Synopsis:Friendship.com will examine the role of friendship in a technologically
biased future. How is the internet changing the way we relate?
Friendship.com will draw on a patchwork of real life stories and new
research from behavioural sciences and neuroscience to question what we
really know about the value of friendship. How important is it to our
happiness, functionality and health? What role has it played in our
evolution? Is social media really helping friendships transcend race, class
and nationality? How important is a person's real identity? The film will
take a closer look at the relationships we rely on and how they are
changing for better and for worse.
FLAMENCO TRIANGLE (Triángulo Flamenco) Director: José Manuel Alguacil / Spain Producer: Nicole Maynard Pinto and Karolina Hernández Cháves 2Sentidos Producciones S.A. / Costa Rica Category: Arts & Culture Language: Spanish. Subtitles: English Length: 90 minutes. HD
Synopsis: ''Flamenco Triangle'' showcases flamenco within an international framework and captures its historical influences through a musical journey that takes us to the cultures that originated it: Morocco, Spain and Cuba - the root, the epicenter and the fusion - of this legendary art.
CUBA FLAMENCO Director: José Manuel Alguacil / Spain Producer: Nicole Maynard Pinto and Karolina Hernández Cháves 2Sentidos Producciones S.A. / Costa Rica Category: Arts & Culture Language: Spanish. Subtitles: English Length: 52 minutes. HD.
Synopsis: During the Spanish presence, Cuba became one of the most prosperous colonies in America. Spanish people have a very close bond to Cuba that still remains today. Through the portraits of various contemporary Cuban artists who dedicate their lives to flamenco, we will travel along with this genre as a structural element in search of the presence of this art, its roots and influences in Cuba.
ASYA (Tell My Story) Director: Shira Lavy / U.K./Israel Producer: Mike Chamberlain: Stampede Limited & Ingun Olsen: Seven Sisters Films (U.K.) Category: Human Interest / Ethnology Language: Arabic, Hebrew. Subtitles: English Length: 52 / 75 minutes
Synopsis: Asya is a 32-year-old Bedouin woman, who doesn’t give up easily. She used to live in a tin shed, along with her 8 children in the Bedouin city of Rahat in South Israel. Fleeing from a drug-addicted and wife-beating husband, her arranged marriage, ended in divorce. She then married a man, who lives a very traditional Bedouin life, to become his second wife. He has moved her to a small village where he lives with his first wife and their 9 children. Asya is a strong willed independent woman who challenges her family and tradition, by taking destiny into her own hands and the high price she has to pay for it.