other israel film festival:  Dec 1-8, 2016

The Other Israel Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. This groundbreaking festival brings you premiere films featuring Israel’s minority communities. Join us for a week-long festival of award-winning international films as well as engaging conversations on hot topics that illuminate the diversity of Israeli society. Participate in panel discussions with filmmakers and other special guests, gala events, and more.

Visit otherisrael.org for more information.

Festival made possible by the generosity of Carole Zabar.

10th Anniversary Other Israel Film Festival Pass
  • $40 for Everyone


The Other Israel Film Festival pass is good for five (5) general admission tickets based on availability. Special events & programs excluded. See a full list of films at otherisrael.org/films.

Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets ahead of time, as screenings do sell out.

The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708


New Voices 2016

FREE for everyone

A riveting compilation featuring diverse stories across generations:

FACING THE WALL (Dir. Alamork Davidian, 26 min, Narrative)
Surni, a young Ethiopian woman, wakes up heartbroken in an Israeli absorption center.

KEYS (Dir. Hadar Reichman, 11 min, Narrative)
Mayhem ensues when Aziz tries to teach his sister not to be afraid of Jews.

TAKE 3 (Dir. Ayelet Bechar, 15 min, Documentary)
Three generations of Palestinian refugees are filmed over the course of 47 years, as they return to visit their family's destroyed village near Ramle.

Screening followed by Q&A


The 90 Minute War

Prices Vary

Dir. Eyal Halfon
2016 | 85 min | Narrative

A comic mockumentary based on the book by Itay Meirson. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has lasted one hundred years. One hundred years of war, bloodshed, bitterness, and suffering. One hundred years of stalemate, intransigence, and failed peace deals. And now, it's all over. They've finally found the solution: A game of soccer. The winner gets to stay. The loser leaves forever. And no whining.

Screening followed by Q&A


30 Years of Musrara: Opening Reception
  • Mon, Dec 05
  • 5:30 PM
  • FREE for Everyone


Situated at the divide between West and East Jerusalem, Musrara, the Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art and Society is dedicated to teaching creativity in the fields of Visual Arts, New Media and Music, and fostering arts initiatives that contribute to the community via special programs for underrepresented segments of Israeli society, creating a space for authentic exploration of the complicated Israeli identity. On exhibit is an array of work from students and alumni in celebration of the school's 30th anniversary.

On display Dec 1-8 outside the Goldman Sonnenfeldt family Auditorium

Presented by the 10th Anniversary Other Israel Film Festival. For a full list of programs and special events, visit otherisrael.org.

Pictured: Tu Bishvat Night by Moshe Shtern


A.K.A. Nadia
  • Mon, Dec 05
  • 6:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public


Dir. Tova Ascher
2015 | 115 min | Narrative

Nadia is a 20-year-old Arab woman having a secret love affair with Nimer, a PLO activist. They move to England, where Nimer is caught by the authorities, leaving Nadia on her own. A shady character provides her with a Jewish woman's Israeli passport, allowing her to return to Israel. Twenty years later, Nadia is Maya, a successful choreographer married to Yoav, a Jewish official at the Ministry of Justice. When Nimer reappears in Jerusalem, Nadia's past catches up with her, forcing her to deal with an identity crisis played out against the region's political backdrop.

Screening followed by Q&A


Hip Hop Concert: Tamer Nafar with Special Guest Marcus Mumford & More
  • Mon, Dec 05
  • 7:30 PM
  • $25 for Everyone


Lead actor and inspiration for the award-winning Junction 48, Tamer Nafar is a pioneer of the Palestinian hip-hop scene, using music in its purest form to promote sociopolitical awareness and giving voice to a generation searching for both political and personal meaning. Tamer will be joined by Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons, with more special appearances by international chart-topping musicians to be announced!

Please note: concert will take place at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Doors open 6:30, concert 7:30. Tickets may be picked up on December 5 at (Le) Poisson Rouge exclusively. Admission is $25 in advance, $30 door.


Nazareth Cinema Lady
  • Mon, Dec 05
  • 8:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public


Dir. Nurit Jacobs Yinon
2015 | 52 min | Documentary

The story of Safaa Dabour, an observant Muslim woman from Nazareth, struggling to take charge of her own fate and freedom and to establish the first and only Arab cinematheque in Israel. A single woman in a man's world, Safaa travels to bring Arab box-office hits from Arab states, and seeks against all odds to create an island of culture for the society to which she belongs. Nazareth Cinema Lady is a cinematic profile of a courageous woman.

Screening followed by Q&A


Land of the Little People
  • Tue, Dec 06
  • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public


Dir. Yaniv Berman
2016 | 83 min | Narrative

Four children who live in a village of military officers' families form a gang, turning an abandoned army base into their camp. When another war begins in Israel and most men are drafted, the kids return to their camp in the wild. To their surprise, they discover two soldiers who deserted their units and are using their camp as a hideout. The children try to regain control over their stolen territory, but the soldiers hold their ground. A ruthless struggle develops between the two groups, and the soldiers, who once sought refuge from the war outside, now find themselves involved in another war, which turns out to be just as dangerous and bloody as the first. With gripping cinematic language, Berman's feature provides a chilling reminder of the implications that constant conflict can have for a society.

Screening followed by Q&A


Beyond the Mountains and the Hills
  • Wed, Dec 07
  • 6:30 PM - 08:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public


Dir. Eran Kolirin
2016 | 90 min | Narrative

David is discharged from the army after serving 27 years. He finally returns to his family and tries to find himself in his new civilian life. When a friend suggests working for a company that markets dietary supplements, David sees this as an opportunity to get his foot in the door of the business world and make something out of himself. But this decision slowly gets him and his family entangled in the web of dark forces that rule life in Israel. In theaters March 2017.

Screening followed by Q&A


Special Presentation: Sand Storm
  • Wed, Dec 07
  • 8:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public


Dir. Elite Zexer
2016 | 87 min | Narrative

As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman's marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the celebration, Jalila stumbles upon her daughter Layla's involvement with a boy from her university a forbidden liaison that would shame the family, which Jalila tries to clamp down on and is met with resistance from Layla. Sand Storm is a story of tradition, modernity, and divided family that upends expectations. Elite Zexer's directorial debut portrays the emotionally layered relationship between mother and daughter, both bound by custom while struggling to adapt to a changing world. Zexer's artful storytelling derives its authenticity, complexity, rich detail, and subtle humor from the 10 years she spent interacting with Bedouin women.

Screening followed by Q&A


Closing Night: Personal Affairs
  • Thu, Dec 08
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • $18 for Everyone


Join us in celebrating the Closing Night of the 10th Anniversary Other Israel Film Festival, featuring the US premiere of Personal Affairs, followed by conversation and dessert reception with filmmakers and special guests.

Personal Affairs
Dir. Maha Haj
2016 | 90 min | Narrative

In this witty and modern family drama, a Palestinian family's personal affairs unfold. In Nazareth, an aging couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth, her husband lands a movie role, and their grandmother loses her head. Between checkpoints and dreams, frivolity and politics, some want to leave and others want to stay, but all have personal affairs to resolve. Official Selection, 2016 Cannes Film Festival.


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