Documentaries: Society & Ethnology
 
         
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  NOISE
Director: Dan and Noit Geva / Israel 2012
Category: Creative Documentary
ProductionDan & Noit Geva: Habayit Hakatom Ltd.; for the Second Authority for Television and Radio, Israel; Commissioning Editor: Yosi Mulla; The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Israel 
Language: Hebrew, English. Subtitles: English 
Length: 51/ 71 minutes. HD. 
SynopsisNoise is a politically subversive tragic-comedy a salutation to the social engagé of the Griersonian tradition. The film creatively dramatizes the story of a documentarist who suffers from hyper-acoustic sensitivity, which makes his life in Tel Aviv, one of the noisiest urban locations on earth, a living hell. Tormented by the belief that they live in an incredibly noisy society, the award-winning couple of Israeli filmmakers resolves to investigate the issue: they install cameras in their house to capture sources of this formidable sonic mass that invades their daily lives.

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  DESCRIPTION OF A MEMORY - thirteen memories following Chris Marker's ''Description of a Struggle''
Director: Dan Geva / Israel 2006
Category: Creative Documentary
ProductionDan & Noit Geva: Habayit Hakatom Ltd.; for the Second Authority for Television and Radio, Israel; Commissioning Editor: Yosi Mulla; The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Israel 
Language: Hebrew, English, Arabic, Russian. Subtitles: English
Length: 80 minutes

Synopsis: Dan Geva takes us in a cinematic journey to the recesses of the photographed memory in Chris Marker's 1960 impressionist film about Israel, ''Description d'un combat'' (Description of a Struggle), which won the 'Golden Bear' at the 1961 Berlin Festival. Geva creates a poetic and philosophic cinematic dialogue with the original text, using images and words from that film, and then adds his own in a process that reveals that the Israel of today is the country, which the French Master could not even have imagined.

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Festivals & Awards:
  • Winner: Grand Prize: RIDM International Documentary Film Festival, Montreal - Canada 2007
  • Winner: Best Film Award: Temps d'Images International Film Festival on Arts, Lisbon - Portugal 2009
  • Winner: 3rd Prize: Crossroads of Europe International Documentary Film Festival, Lublin - Poland 2008
  • ''Planète Marker'': Centre Pompidou, Paris - France 2013
  • ''Chris Marker Retrospective'': CCCB São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia - Brazil 2009
  • ''Spirales/Chris Marker'': Cinémas du Grütli, Geneva - Switzerland 2011
  • ''Description of a Territory'': TopKino, Vienna - Austria 2010
  • Illegal Cinema: Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers - France 2011
  • ''Cinema from Israel'':DIFF Delhi International Film Festival - India 2012
  • ''Contemporary Israeli Cinema'': Pesaro International Film Festival - Italy 2009
  • ''City Vision: Jerusalem'': Taipei Film Festival - Taiwan 2008
  • DOK.FEST International Doc. Film Festival, Munich - Germany 2008
  • It's All True International Documentary Film Festival - Brazil 2008
  • Melbourne International Film Festival - Australia 2008
  • DOCNZ International Documentary Film Festival - New Zealand 2007
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival - Israel 2006
  • LIDF London International Documentary Film Festival - U.K. 2008
  • DokuARTS International Festival for Films on Art, Berlin - Germany 2007
  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival - Czech Republic 2007
  • Bangalore International Film Festival - India 2008
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  THINK POPCORN 
Director: Dan Geva  / Israel 2004
Category: Creative Documentary
ProductionDan & Noit Geva: Habayit Hakatom Ltd.; for the Second Authority for Television and Radio, Israel; The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Israel 
Language: Hebrew, English, French, Arabic. Subtitles: English narration / English / French
Length: 80 minutes

Synopsis:A tribute to Dziga Vertov's ''Man with a Movie Camera''. Dan Geva, the filmmaker, roams through the country on his motorcycle, with a stage and three cameras, asking people to talk about their ultimate truth. From the seashore, the city square, the market, the park, and the countryside Geva combines dramatic and documentary scenes that break the boundaries of the classic documentary genre.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Official Selection: '' Mediterranean'' : ''Sole E Luna'' Doc Fest - Italy 2006
  • Official Selection:''Cinema'' : Roma Art Doc Fest - Italy 2006
  • Nominee for Best Documentary : Israel Academy Awards - Israel 2005
  • Honorable Mention : Jerusalem International Film Festival - Israel 2004
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  APOLLONIAN STORY
Director:  Ilan Moskovitch and Dan Bronfeld / Israel 2013
Category: Creative Documentary/Environmental
Producers:  Ilan Moskovitch and Dan Bronfeld; for Channel 8 (Hot Cable Communication), Israel
Language: Hebrew, English. Subtitles: English
Length: 69 minutes

Synopsis: Sixty-seven-year-old Nissim Kahlon, is a hermit who has spent 40 years carving out a home on a Mediterranean cliffside, under Apollonia National Park - on the North of the Herzliya coast,15 kilometers North of modern Tel Aviv. For years he lived in this cave, without electricity or running water. Today the "home" that he built out of anything and everything - rocks, trash, sand - contains countless caves and tunnels, and Nissim insists on continuing to work on it every day.
Nissim’s son, eighteen-year-old Moshe, who was born in the cave and will soon join the military, is moving in with him. Through their hard work, of enlarging and digging out the cave, a complex relationship between father and son is revealed.

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  SAVING UNCLE JACOB
Director:  Sivan Shtivi  / Israel 2015
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: David Noy: Cinemax Productions, produced for Yes-Docu, Documentary Channel, Israel, supported by SRC - Télévision Radio Canada: Commissioning Editor: Jean Pelletier
 
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English, Narration: Hebrew
Length: 70 minutes

Synopsis: Sivan, the film director, sets out to quit smoking together with his Uncle Jacob, a heavy smoker whose life is in danger. The initial plan involves recruiting the entire addicted family, but rapidly twists and turns as it becomes a more complex and eventful story. Sivan, who is about to become a father, must inevitably confront the painful memories of his father’s suicide, while Jacob’s health continues to deteriorate.
This dark-humored, smoke-filled film shares the story of a tight, loving, self-destructive family, as they reach out to smokers everywhere – active or passive…

Festivals & Awards:
  • Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2015
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  NOT FAR FROM THE TREE
Director:  Alon Alsheich & Eran Yehezkel / Israel 2011
Category: Creative Documentary
Producers:  Yariv Mozer and Alon Alsheich
Production: for Reshet-Docu, Channel Two, Israel; Commissioning Editor: Elinor Kowarsky
Language: Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English
Length: 50 minutes

Synopsis: ''Not Far from the Tree'' is a funny and moving story about the creation of a family-owned winery and about the unavoidable father-son conflict.
Avi Kahanov, has spent his entire life working in the vineyards left to him by his father. This labor of love produced over the past few years the boutique winery Kahanov. Eran is the natural heir, good natured and kind, but he does not work in the family business created by his grandfather. He has chosen his own path and works as an educator of troubled youth. Avi would like to have his son working with him but any attempt ends in a shouting match.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Padova Israeli Film Festival - Italy 2015 
  • Cinematov Film Festival, Milano - Italy 2014
  • TRANZYT International Documentary Film Festival - Poland 2013
  • Best Documentary Award: Haifa International Film Festival - Israel 2011
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  HULA AND NATAN
Director: Robby Elmaliah / Israel 2010
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: for Noga Communications, Channel 8: Robby Elmaliah and the Sapir College, Arik Bernstein: Alma Films  

Language: Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English / French 
Length: 54 minutes

Synopsis: The tragicomic story of two brothers who survive by working as mechanics in a small garage in Sderot. Under the hail of missiles from Gaza, they comment the harsh reality of life in southern Israel during brotherly arguments oozing with black humour. The film is juxtaposing their disheveled lives with the drama of conflict intensifying around them. As much a funny and moving family story as a devastating commentary on the absurdity of war.

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  AS LILITH 
Director:  Eytan Harris / Israel 2009
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: for Channel 10, Israel; Commissioning Editor: Tzipi Baider
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 77 minutes

Synopsis: An absurd, brilliant and surreal film about an orthodox Jewish organization and an eccentric mother who lock horns over the remains of her teenage daughter's body. Lilith, a charismatic single mother woman, with an unusual life story, is in a terrible clash with one of the largest religious organization in Israel, only because she's determined to cremate, not to bury in the Jewish way, the body of her 14-year daughter, who unexpectedly committed suicide. A real witch hunt, with no limits, is taking place in a tiny suburban town. ''As Lilith'' is a darkly funny film, filled with situations, an impeccably well-crafted film that uses fly-on-the-wall filmmaking to capture a completely off-the-wall story.

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Festivals & Awards:
  • Honorary Mention: Krakow Film Festival - Poland 2010
  • Honorary Mention: Jerusalem Film Festival - Israel 2009
  • SilverDocs Film Festival, Washington - USA 2011
  • True / False Documentary Film Festival - USA 2010
  • New York Jewish Film Festival - USA 2011
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival - Canada 2010
  • Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - Hong Kong 2010
  • Göteborg International Film Festival - Sweden 2010
  • WatchDocs Human Rights Film Festival - Poland 2010
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  JEREMIAH
Director: Eran Paz / Israel 2010
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Eran Paz & Ilan Moskovitch
Language: Russian, Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 54 minutes

Synopsis: Yura (Jeremiah), his wife, and two children live in the Shapira neighborhood in the southern part of Tel Aviv. They live among junkies, prostitutes and alcoholics; a different image than the one expected when hearing the words: “Tel Aviv.” In one of the rooms lives Valera, an alcoholic. In the storage room lives Gora, Yura's cousin and a drug addict. Misha, a former boxer, needs a place to stay and is willing to sleep in the yard.

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  AISHA
Director: Oshri Hayun and Hila Cohen / Israel 2010
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Oshri Hayun and Hila Cohen and the Sapir College
Language: Moroccan Arabic, Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 47 minutes

Synopsis: Born in the Atlas mountains of Morocco, Aisha was married at 11 when she fell in love with Joseph, immigrated to Israel in 1955 and had 14 children. At 96, with her husband deceased, and her children rarely visiting, she only has her animals to keep her company, and among them Booba, the goat with whom she has the kind of relationship between a mother and adolescent daughter. In her heart, Aisha is still on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, refusing to let go of the traditions of her childhood, traditions that have alienated her children. 

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  HOME IS YOU
Director:  Yaelle and Aya Shwed / Israel 2012
Production: Yaelle and Aya Shwed: Coming Out Production
Category: Creative Documentary / Society
Language: Hebrew, French, English. Subtitles: English / French
Length: 59 minutes

Synopsis: Aya, a 32 years old musician, with no boundaries or doubts about her identity as a lesbian, meets Yaelle, a 29 years old multimedia artist and new immigrant to Israel from a conservative French family. They create performances together and their encounter develops into a story of true love, while they have to face inner and external conflicts
''Home is You'' is a brave and intimate documentary portrait, vibrant, full of humor, real, and touching. ''Home is You'' confronts a humanistic struggle for love, marriage, and acceptance for all. The film was shot in Tel Aviv, Paris, Toronto and Nevada. 
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  ONE OF SEVEN 
Director:  Goel Pinto / Israel 2010
Category: Creative Documentary / Identity
Production: for Noga Communications, Channel 8; Commissioning Editor: Liran Atzmor
Language: Hebrew, French. Subtitles: English
Length: 50 minutes

Synopsis: ''One of Seven'' is a fascinating journey of journalist and film critic Goel Pinto's life stations. Goel, born to an Oriental religious family, 'one of seven' children, in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv.
Going back to his childhood memories, the director, along with his mother Monique, peel off the layers of his past, in order to get to the root of the lack of identity that accompanies him, he tries to reconcile the different elements that shape his being: religion, ethnicity, homosexuality and the memory of the holocaust. 

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  A TALE OF TWO
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Ma'aseh Be-Shnei Balonim)  
Director: Zohar Wagner / Israel 2016 
Category: Creative Documentary / Society / Health
Production:for Channel 8 (Hot Cable Communication), Commissioning Editor: Rinat Klein; The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films, Israel
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 59 minutes

Synopsis: How to get a pair of perfect breasts and stay alive? Zohar Wagners' journey of survival.
In her fourth highly self-revealing documentary film, Zohar Wagner discovers she has to undergo a mastectomy. Using self humor and optimism, she explores her conceptions of femininity, body image and sexuality.

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''Can perfect breasts find you love? Zohar Wagner's 'A Tale of Two' '' / on i24news (TV)
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Festivals & Awards:
  • Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2016
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"Like all previous documentary films of Wagner, also "A Tale Of Two" is a documentation and exploration of her life . As always, with her very direct way. But "A Tale Of Two" is the most painful and most sincere. "
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  DOLL (Why Did You Dance Naked?) 
(Yemey Ha-Zohar)  
Director: Zohar Wagner / Israel 2012 
Category: Creative Documentary / Society
Production:for Channel 8, Documentary Channel, Israel (Noga Communications)
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 58 minutes

Synopsis: On her third self-revealing documentary film, Zohar Wagner returns to her past as a club stripper in New York and discloses a complicated tale of repression and denial. One day, her fiancé finds a bunch of old tapes which reveals Zohar's wild past in her 20s. The dispute around the video footage leads Zohar on a deeply emotional quest, seeking out her memories and those who were her companions during this hectic period.
With their help she uncovers the ways in which her repression mechanism has led her astray.

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  STRETCH MARKS 
(Simaney Meticha)  
Director: Zohar Wagner / Israel 2009 
Category: Creative Documentary / Society
Production: for Channel 8, Documentary Channel, Israel (Noga Communications)
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 67 minutes

Synopsis: This highly revealing self documentation follows a pregnant, single woman, provocative performance artist into the club, the living room, the bedroom and even beyond… This movie tells the story of Zohar Wagner (''Zorki''), how she got pregnant by one man, fell in love with another and celebrated her rising sexuality up until the day she gave birth. But when her baby is born with the blessing came a curse: the luscious boobs and the man she loved both disappeared.

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Festivals & Awards:
  • Visions du Réel International Film Festival, Nyon - Switzerland 2010
  • RIDM Montréal International Documentary Film Festival - Canada 2009
  • Nominee: Estonian People’s Award: Pärnu International Documentary Film Festival - Estonia 2010
  • Sexy International Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2010
  • Kos International Health Film Festival - Greece 2010
  • Delray Beach Film Festival, Florida - USA 2010
  • Gender DocuFilm Festival, Rome - Italy 2010
  • Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2009
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  ZORKI – hiding mom's secret
Director:  Zohar Wagner / Israel 2006
Category: Creative Documentary / Society
Production: Barak Heymann: Barak Films; for Yes-Docu, Documentary Channel, Israel
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 54 minutes

Synopsis: Two years ago, Zohar Wagner, then 34, decided to tear away the cloak of silence that enveloped her bourgeois family. Her mother had a five year affair with a man ten years her junior, and Zohar, at the age of twelve, was an accomplice to the secret. Twenty years after the difficult episode that had torn the family apart, as the Filmmaker's Mother is selling her childhood home, the family gathers and Pandora's Box is opened. The film is called "Zorki," the family nickname for Zohar. 

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Festivals & Awards:
  • Winner: Best Foreign Film- Audience Choice : Delray Beach Film Festival, Florida - USA 2007
  • Winner: Gold Remi Award : Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas - USA 2007
  • Nominee: Best First Film Award : Israel Documentary Awards - Israel 2007
  • DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2008
  • Film & Television Festival, Rosh Pina - Israel 2006
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  BABYLON DREAMERS 
Director: Roman Shumunov / Israel 2016
Category: Society/Immigration/Arts&Culture
Production: Doron Tsabari: Guerilla Films & Roman Shumunov
Produced: for Channel 8 (Hot Cable Communication), Commissioning Editor: Rinat Klein; Gesher Multicultural Film Fund and The Avi Chai Foundation, Israel.
Language: Russian, Hebrew, English. Subtitles: English 
Length: 90 minutes

Synopsis: A group of young dancers (''Unstopabullz'') from Ashdod, in Israel’s periphery, whose members are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, is trying to win the International Breakdance Championship. The competition is the highlight of their dreams as dancers, but as we watch them prepare, we encounter a world of crisis and alienation. And yet, despite the hardships, these bold dancers confront reality head-on, because desperation is a luxury that they can hardly afford.

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Watch UNSTOPABULLZ at the International B.O.T.Y (''Battle of the Year'') 

Watch Roman Shumunov on Israeli News, Channel Two/ Israeli Television (Hebrew) 

Watch Roman Shumunov and Doron Tsabari, on Walla News (Hebrew) 

Festivals & Awards: Doc Aviv/Best First Film Award
Jury's justification: "The best debut prize is given to Roman Shumunov, a young filmmaker who brings his great rebel spirit to his film Babylon Dreamers. His fresh approach in portraying a group of tough and sensitive breakdancers opens up a window of hope and new possibilities for underground culture."

Movie Reviews: 
* « Break-dancing is a fascinating form of creative expression for young men.  In the film, Babylon Dreamers, directed by Roman Shumunov, we meet a group of break-dancers, living in Ashdod, immigrants from the FSU. »
Break-dancing / Amy Kronish /  IsraelFilm.blogspot
* « An inside look into a segment of society that is seldom seen » The Russian Underground / Bernard Dichek / Jerusalem Post 
* « Docaviv Galil, documentary film festival will open with the very cool doc Babylon Dreamers, about a group of young immigrants following their dream to win an international breakdance competition. It’s a moving doc, certain to strike a chord with dreamers everywhere, and thought-provoking insight into the cultural and practical challenges of immigrants in Israel.» Midnight East Top Ten November 2016 / Ayelet Dekel / Midnight East  

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  SUPER WOMEN (Супер Женщины /Super Zhenshchiny) 
Director: Yael Kipper & Ronen Zaretzky (''Child Mother'') / Israel 2013
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Yael Kipper & Ronen Zaretzky; for Channel 8 (Hot Cable Communication), Israel; and The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films.
Language: Russian, Hebrew. Subtitles: English 
Length: 80 minutes

Logline: Underpaid, overworked, unrespected: Supermarket Cashiers in Tel Aviv. Fighting exploitation, a mean boss, and the misfortunes of life with woman power and apron dresses.

Synopsis: The story of five cashiers who work the same shift in a supermarket, in Tel Aviv. Most are immigrants from Russia, others are native Israelis. The film follows their relationships, the mutual support and solidarity, dealing with the management and customers, their difficulties making a living and their working conditions, as they try to change their fate.
''Super Women'' is a beautiful example of cinéma verité and a special peek into a hidden world.

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Festivals & Awards:
  • Best Cinematography Award & Special Jury Mention: Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2013
  • Best Documentary Jury Award: International Women's Film Festival Rehovot - Israel 2013
  • Honorary Mention: Dok Leipzig International Film Festival - Germany 2013
  • Women's International Day Special Programming: Kino Krokodil, Berlin - Germany 2014
  • Closing Film: Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Ad Hoc: Inconvenient films”, Vilnius - Lithuania 2013
  • Trento Film Festival - Italy 2016
  • AmDocs American Documentary Film Festival - U.S.A. 2014
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - U.S.A. 2014
  • New Jersey Israel Film Festival - U.S.A. 2015
  • Diaspora - Israeli Russian Film Festival, New York - U.S.A. 2016
  • Art Doc Fest International Documentary Film Festival, Moscow - Russia 2013
  • Film Festival ''Days of Ethnographic Cinema'', Moscow - Russia 2014
  • Film & Media Festival of MEAST and Central Eurasia, Tallinn - Estonia 2014
  • Festival of Migrant Film (FMF) - Slovenia 2014
  • Israeli Documentary Collection: EBS International Documentary Festival - Korea 2014
  • NUS Arts Festival - Singapore 2014
  • CITY PLUS Israeli Film Week, Taipei - Taiwan 2014
  • Nominee: Best Feature-Film Award: Israel Documentary Awards - Israel 2013
DOK Leipzig/Honorary Mention
Jury Statement: "We would like to honour this film for capturing the raw sincerity and solidarity of a group of Russian immigrant women who are working as cashiers in a local supermarket in Israel. The place is a microcosm and background for conversations about broken dreams and struggle for a better life.''

Doc Aviv/Special Jury Mention
Jury Statement: "The Special Jury Mention goes to a film that opens our eyes to a world we visit every day without seeing, bringing characters to life with respect and generosity."

Doc Aviv/Best Cinematography Award (Avigail Sperber)
Jury Statement: "For sensitively capturing the drama of its characters' inner worlds."

IWFF Rehovot/Best Documentary Jury Award 
Jury Statement: "Through wonderful cinematography and editing which is not afraid to extend the gaze and look beyond, Kipper and Zaretzky make the viewers share their loving, compassionate and respectful gaze on the film’s protagonists.
The film is committed to the wonderful characters and more so to human dignity, and thus we are happy to grant the Jury Award to the filmmakers.''

Movie Reviews:
* « By precise observation and structuring, Yael Kipper and Ronen Zaretzky manage to achieve a social study of great clarity and emotion. Moments of intimacy and closeness… Great Cinema… » Grit Lemke / Dok Leipzig
* « So hopeless are the circumstances so strong and impressive are the people portrayed. Most of them Russian emigrants, they all have a colorful life story. And they want to make the circumstances of life is not broken. As the film grows and grows, the frustration, the sadness turns into anger. One would only wish the women that they have the strength to fight. » Miranda Schiller / Mephisto976.Uni-Leipzig.de
* « ''Super Women,” an important documentary by Ronen Zaretzky and Yael Kipper, chronicles the day-to-day reality of five cashiers working at the Mega supermarket in Ramat Aviv. » Tahel Frosh / Haokets
* « A beautifully photographed portrait; we are given an up-close and personal look at a group of women, most of them Russian immigrants, who represent a class of society which is underpaid, overworked and barely appreciated. » Amy Kronish /  IsraelFilm.blogspot
* « Israel’s must-see documentaries / 8 Israeli Documentaries You Need To Watch: SUPER WOMEN... »
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  FRAGMENTS
Director: Jonathan Haimovitch / Israel 2009 
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Meital Gambashoo, Jonathan Haimovitch and the Sapir College 
Language: Russian, Hebrew. Subtitles: English / French / Russian
Length: 50 minutes

Synopsis: A filmed journey through a single street on the outskirts of Jerusalem. An attempt to explore fragments of the filmmaker's childhood and recapture memories of the mother he lost. He returns to the street where his childhood unfolded and meets its elderly residents, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, creating a mosaic of a rapidly vanishing way of life.

Festivals & Awards:
  • 3 Continents Film Festival, Nantes- France 2010
  • Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival, Pamplona - Spain 2010
  • Hamburg International Film Festival - Germany 2009
  • Torino International Film Festival - Italy 2009
  • Winner of the David Perlov Grant - Israel 2008
  • Winner: Best Film Award: Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Students Category - Israel 2009
  • Winner: Best Film Award & Best Editing Award: Cinema South International Films Festival - Israel 2009 
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L’CHAIM! (To Life!)
Director: Elkan Spiller / Germany 2014
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Elkan Spiller: Elkan Spiller Filmproduktion 
Language: German, English, Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 52/89 minutes

Synopsis: L’Chaim! is a glimpse into the unusual life of Chaim Lubelski, who had a wild past as a hippy, before he became a millionaire and a professional chess player. When his mother needs care, Chaim decides to move in with her into the elderly home in Antwerp, Belgium. He cares for her around-the-clock with remarkable joy, lots of laughter and singing. Shaped by his mother’s history as a Holocaust survivor, Chaim feels his mission is to ease her pain. The film is an intimate story about altruistic love and deep humanity. 

Festivals & Awards:
  • ''New German Cinema'': Munich International Film Festival - Germany 2014
  • Seal of approval: Highy Recommended: The German Film Board - Germany 2014
  • Documentary of the Month in Germany: The German Film Board - Germany 2014
  • Best Documentary (Audience Award): Filmz Festival of German Cinema, Mainz - Germany 2014
  • St Louis International Film Festival - USA 2014
  • Richmond International Film Festival - USA 2014 
  • Warsaw Jewish Film Festival - Poland 2014
  • Film Fest Kosova The Goddess on the Throne, Kosovo - Serbia 2015 
  • Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona - Spain 2015
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  SPOKEN WITH LOVE 
Director: Dan Wolman / Israel 2007
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Dan Wolman Film Productions 
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 52 minutes

Synopsis: Film director Dan Wolman who's many fictional features have included extreme parent-children relationships, documents his parents daily life and tries to find out what lies at the root of the childhood traumas portrayed in his films. The film holds many surprises like the fact that as a child Dan discovered in his parents bedroom a photograph of a young man dressed in the uniform of the German Army, or the fact that his father was the private Doctor of the Emperor of Ethiopia. 

Festivals & Awards:
  • Doc Aviv Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2007
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  S(ELECTIONS) 
Director: Ronen Amar / Israel 2006
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Osnat Trabelsi: Trabelsi Productions  
Language: Hebrew, English. Subtitles: English
Length: 59 minutes

Synopsis: Filmmaker Ronen Amar (''My Family's Pizza'') documents two protagonists whose only common denominator is the sleepy southern town they come from. Amar follows his cousin Eyal, a successful architect-contractor who decides to run for mayor and kick up dust. He also follows his friend Koko, a stoner on an eternal soul search. With municipal elections raging in the background, Amar's protagonists stand at critical junctures in their lives. How will their s[elections] shape the director's future as well?

Festivals & Awards:
  • Winner: Best Film- Audience Choice : DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2008
  • Winner: Silver Remi Award : Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas - USA 2007
  • Israel Documentary Film Festival, Paris  - France 2006
  • Cinema South Festival, Sderot - Israel 2006
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  MY FAMILY'S PIZZA
Director:  Ronen Amar / Israel 2003
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Ronen Amar, Lior Dustry, Sapir Academic College 
Language: Hebrew. English translation. Available: French translation.
Length: 52 minutes

Synopsis:Maksim, a sleep addict, asks his parents to help him buy a pizza place he co-owns. As soon as the work begins, the parents realize they will have to invest a lot more than just money. With dad as the delivery boy and mom as the oven cleaner, the film creates a true profile of the average Israeli family in the new millennium. Perhaps the same applies to your home and family?

Festivals & Awards:
  • 3 Continents Film Festival, Nantes- France 2010
  • Winner: Best Documentary Award : The Mediterranean Film Festival of Algarve - Portugal 2006
  • Gold Remi Award: Worldfest International Film Festival - Houston Texas - USA 2005
  • ''New Israeli Cinema from Gaza and Sderot'': Maysles Cinema/Maysles Institute, New York - U.S.A. 2012
  • Visual Culture Festival Joensuu - Finland 2004
  • DokumentART Neubrandenburg - Germany 2004
  • Newport Beach International Film Festival California - USA 2004
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto - Canada 2004
  • CineMed Mediterranean Film Festival Montpellier - France 2004
  • Honorable Mention: Dignity and Work International Film Festival Gdansk - Poland 2004
  • Winner: Best Film: Southern Film Festival Sderot - Israel 2003
  • Winner: Best Film: Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival Tel Aviv, Student Category - Israel 2003
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  SISAI
Director: David Gavro / Israel / Ethiopia 2005
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: David Gavro, Yael Shavit, Avner Faingulernt and Sapir Academic College
Language: Hebrew, Amharic. English translation.
Length: 56 minutes

Synopsis: 20-year-old Sisai, Ethiopian immigrant in Israel, lives with his adoptive family - the Gavros. Father Gavro returns from Ethiopia with news of Sisai's biological father's whereabouts. Confused by the news and the fresh confrontation with his past, Sisai does not share his family's excitement. He is too busy with his own news; Sivan, his girlfriend, is pregnant. The director, who is also Sisai's brother, joins him and their father on a journey to Ethiopia on their search for identity, blood connection, love and longing.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Winner: FIPA D'OR Prize : Best Documentary Award:FIPA Festival Biarritz France 2006
  • Winner: Best Documentary Award : DeREEL Independent Film Festival -Australia 2007
  • Winner: Lombardia Prize for Best Film : Milan African Film Festival - Italy 2006
  • Winner: Best Documentary Award : Jerusalem International Film Festival - Israel 2005
  • Winner: Best First Film Award: Israel Documentary Awards - Israel 2006
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto - Canada 2006
  • ''New Israeli Cinema from Gaza and Sderot'': Maysles Cinema/Maysles Institute, New York - U.S.A. 2012
  • 3 Continents Film Festival, Nantes- France 2010
  • The African Diaspora Film Festival, New York City - USA 2006
  • Muestra Internacional Documental, Bogota- Colombia 2006
  • Open Frame International Festival & Forum - India 2006
  • Mediterranean Documentary Film Festival - Greece 2006
  • DaKINO Bucharest International Film Festival - Romania 2006
  • Beeld voor Beeld Film Festival, Amsterdam - The Netherlands 2006
  • Etats generaux du documentaire de Lussas - France 2006
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  ALIMENTATION GÉNÉRALE / THE GENERAL STORE 
Director: Chantal Briet / France 2005
Category: Creative Documentary
Production:  Ludovic Arnal: Yenta Production/Arsenal Productions
Language: French. Subtitles: English
Length: 84 minutes

Synopsis: Elegant vérité-style documentary gracefully explores the quotidian lives in an immigrant-heavy Parisian suburb, Epinay-sur-Seine, taking us into the everyday life of a small grocery store. Customers arrive, one after the other, under the happy gaze of Ali, the charismatic owner. There is the old lady with the dog, the unemployed philosopher, the youngster who dance hip hop and the kids who want candies. The film shows us the importance of the small shop “around the corner”: a space, where you can find human warmth, laughter and conviviality in spite of the difficult conditions.

In the Memory of Ali Zebboudj : French TV 

Festivals & Awards:
  • Winner: First Prize: Documenta Madrid – Spain 2006
  • Winner: Best Feature Award: Doc Lisboa - Portugal 2005
  • Selection ACID, Cannes International Film Festival - France 2005
  • Beur is Beautiful: International Touring Program: ArteEast, New York - USA 2008
  • Muestra Derechos Humanos/Human Rights Film Festival - Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain 2010
  • Melbourne International Film Festival - Australia 2007
  • Bangalore International Film Festival - India 2008
  • C.O.L. C.O.A. French Film Festival, Los Angeles - USA 2007
  • The Magnificent Seven-European Feature Documentary Film Festival - Serbia 2007
  • Cinémed Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier - France 2006
  • Miami International Documentary Film Festival - U.S.A. 2006
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Toronto - Canada 2006
  • Rencontres Internationales du documentaire Montréal - Canada 2006
  • Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival - U.K. 2006
  • Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival, Pamplona - Spain 2006
  • Shadow International Film Festival, Amsterdam - The Netherlands 2006
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  SYSTEMA 
Director: Ohad Milstein
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: : Israel / 2010
Language: : Hebrew Subtitles: English
Length: 46 minutes

Synopsis: A documentary film with a very strong aesthetic value, following a member of the Israeli women's synchronized swimming team during her final year before being drafted to the army.
The film's arena is the swimming pool which is divided into two parts: the underwater world of poetics, abstracts and enigmas, representing an inner world, as opposed to the world above the water which contains a strong, realistic, sharp set of rules upheld by coach Lola.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Best ''Free Documentary'' Award: Israel Documentary Awards - Israel 2011
  • Doc Aviv Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2010
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  ESHBAL
Director: Ziv Even Tsur / Israel 2005/2007
Category: Creative Documentary
Production:  Amit Goren, Galia Bador: Amit Goren Productions 
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English / French 
Length: 56 minutes

Synopsis: Kibbutz Eshbal in the Galilee, established in 1998 as an educational center, runs a boarding school for adolescents who have been expelled from other educational institutions. At Eshbal, Baruch, Ora, Moshe and Yael, first-generation immigrants from Ethiopia, are counseled by Yoav and Vickie, kibbutz members. The film portrays the first class at Eshbal's boarding school while documenting life on a secluded hill in the Galilee, of committed kibbutz youngsters and alienated youths, each striving, in their own way, for a place within Israeli society.

Festivals & Awards:
  • DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2008
  • Bogota International Documentary Encounters- Colombia 2006
  • Fipatel, FIPA International Film Festival, Biarritz - France 2006
  • Nominee for Best Documentary: Israel Academy Awards - Israel 2005
  • Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2005
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  GATOS (Cats)
Director: Gali Meiri / Brazil / Israel 2005
Category: Creative Documentary
Production:
Language: Portuguese, Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 52 minutes

Synopsis: The film follows 4 young Brazilians from a village that was just recently discovered by tourists. It shows the immense influence that the tourists have over the lives of the locals, and the difference between the way the tourists conceive the locals and the reality that is filmed. The arrival of foreigners to the village has created a new variety of options for self fulfillment, that doesn't go hand in hand with the economical and social possibilities of the locals.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Special Mention : Amazonas World Adventure Film Festival - Brazil 2006
  • Globians world and culture Documentary Film Festival, Potsdam - Germany 2008
  • Capoeira Film Festival, Amsterdam - The Netherlands 2008
  • DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2008
  • Toronto International Portuguese Film Festival - Canada 2007
  • Ethnographic International Film Panorama, Paris - France 2007
  • Ecolnoa International Environmental Film Festival, Tel Aviv - Israel 2007
  • Planet in Focus International Film Festival, Toronto - Canada 2006
  • Pärnu International Film Festival - Estonia 2006
  • Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival - Israel 2005
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  SABA (Grandfather)
Director: Amram Jacoby / Israel 2005
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Amram Jacoby and Sapir Academic College.
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, English. Subtitles: English / French 
Length: 56 minutes

Synopsis: Avraham Ezequiel is 92 years old. He was born in Irak, educated in Singapore , then worked as a journalist for the Palestine Bulletin after 1929, he now offers his story to his grandson, interspersing it with quotations from Kafka and Robert Frost, readings from holy texts in Arabic, Hebrew and English and patient tending of his olive grove. This film is an unusual man's journal, through which his grandson let his voice be heard. It provides Grandfather, at the age of ninety-two with a reason to live.

Festivals & Awards:
  • 3 Continents Film Festival, Nantes- France 2010
  • Winner of David Perlov Grant 2004
  • Winner of Public Award's for Best Film : Alba International Film Festival - Italy 2006
  • Visions du Réel International Film Festival, Nyon - Switzerland 2006
  • Cinéma du Réel International Film Festival, Paris - France 2006
  • Filmer a tout Prix International Film Festival, Bruxelles- Belgium 2006
  • Frankfurt International Film Festival - Germany 2006
  • Göttingen International Film Festival - Germany 2006.
  • Documenta Film Festival, Madrid - Spain 2006
  • Festival PopolieReligioni - Italy 2006 
  • EcoVision International Film Festival - Italy 2006
  • EcoFilms Rodos Film Festival - Greece 2006.
  • Yerevan International Film Festival - Armenia 2006 
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  FROM THE HEART OF ODESSA
Director:  André Schreuders / Ukraine / The Netherlands 2007
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Amram Jacoby and Sapir Academic College.
Language: Russian, Ukrainian. Subtitles: English
Length: 59 minutes

Synopsis: Alec Kopyt, a musician from Amsterdam returns to Moldavanka - once the poor Jewish neighbourhood of Odessa - his place of birth and the cradle of old-time Russian Mafia songs (Blatnyak). He is looking for musicians to play together these songs in the restaurant of an old friend. While strolling along the picturesque yards of the ruinous slums, we meet colourful Odesits who resemble the ancient heroes of the street songs we hear. A touching portrait of a neighbourhood, its music and performers.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Krakow Film Festival - Poland 2011
  • WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film IFF - Poland 2009
  • IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam - The Netherlands 2008
  • Dialëktus European Documentary Film Festival Budapest - Hungary 2008
  • Docudays International Human Rights Film Festival, Kiev - Ukraine 2008
  • DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2008
  • Netherlands Film Festival Utrecht - The Netherlands 2007
  • Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival - Turkey 2007
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  THE OLD STORES 
Director: Yoav Gurfinkel / Israel 2007
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Maayan Keret & Yoav Gurfinkel: Y.G. Productions
Language: Hebrew, Arabic. Subtitles: English
Length: 53 minutes

Synopsis: This is the story of a number of old stores in modern-day Tel Aviv-Jaffa, all small businesses, 40 years old or older, who have somehow survived despite the hardships of time. The film passes between the stores and unfolds an old and aging world of tradition and family businesses, a whole fabric of life and places very different from the fast, dynamic life that surrounds us.
Among the participating shops: A barber shop about to close, Mikolinsy shoes which was one of the city's most elegant shops and an Arab-owned pharmacy in Jaffa run by a father and his son.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Remi Award Winner: Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas - USA 2008
  • Globians world and culture Documentary Film Festival, Potsdam - Germany 2008
  • DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2008
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  NIGHT WATCHERS
Director: Amnon Benjamin & Hanna Ben-Moshe / Israel 2003 
Category: Creative Documentary
Production:
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English
Length: 52 minutes

Synopsis: The radio program 'Out with Drugs' goes on air every Saturday at midnight. Eyal, a radio broadcaster takes calls from drug addicts crying out for help, while Yuval rushes through the empty streets of Tel Aviv in search of the anonymous voices. From the dark night appear dreamlike images. Eyal and Yuval are trying to help them fight their addiction - against all odds.

Festivals & Awards:
  • New York Independent International Film and Video Festival- USA 2003
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival - Israel 2003
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  CHILDREN BY REMOTE CONTROL
Director: Nachum Landau / Israel 2004
Category: Creative Documentary
Production:
Language: Thai, English, Hebrew. English translation
Length: 51 minutes

Synopsis: A personal voyage attempting to decipher the mystery behind the Thai workers' warm and loving bonds with their children, based mainly on telephone calls and letters. The filmmaker, living in a Kibbutz and father to seven children, tries to understand the Thai workers' inner conflict of financial gain vs. family ties. He joins one of these couples on their return trip to Thailand. A thought- provoking film which takes viewers from smiles to tears.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Israeli Documentary Film Festival Confluences Paris - France 2005
  • Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival - Taiwan 2005
  • Second Prize: Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival Tel Aviv (Student Category) - Israel 2003
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