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  • Erez Tadmor, Sharon Maymon
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    A group of obese people from the Israeli city of Ramla is fed up with their strict diet regime. But when Herzl, one of them, starts working as a dish washer in a Japanese restaurant, he is exposed to the world of Sumo through Kitano, the restaurant manager and a former Sumo coach in Japan. Herzl falls in love with the Sumo world and persuades Kitano to coach him and his obese friends in a sport and culture where their size is to their advantage. One by one, Herzl's friends leave their dieting club and discover the world of Sumo, where fat people like them are honored and appreciated. Through Sumo, they connect to themselves and their fat bodies, each one in his or her individual way.

     

    Learn more at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Itzik Cohen, Shaul Azar, Dvir Benedek
  • Shai Kapon
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    Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity as he seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched everyday when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 1: Amjad is stopped regularly on the road for a security check by police and does not understand why, because he thinks he looks like an average Israeli. Meir tells him that it is because the Subaru he drives is considered an Arab car. Amjad decides to trade in his Subaru and gets into trouble with the owners of the chop shop. Meanwhile, Amjad the journalist has to explain in the media why Arabs are involved in more traffic accidents.

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. He seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched every day when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 10: Everyone wants to make a quick buck, but is the delivery room really the place to do so? When a known millionaire declares that he will award a million Israeli shekels to the first baby that is born on Independence Day, Bushra and Amjad compete with the Chen couple on who will give birth first.

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Shai Kapon
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    Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. He seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched every day when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 3: Amjad understands that it is time for his parents to stop babysitting his daughter every day and for her to go to kindergarten and broaden her horizons. At first, he tries an Islamic kindergarten with a good reputation in the village. The little girl becomes religious, and Amjad decides to look for a strictly kosher Jewish kindergarten for her. He tries several options and encounters some unexpected difficulties.

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Shai Kapon
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    Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. He seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched every day when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 4: After Amjad and Meir interview the Arab Miss Israel, Amjad heads home while Meir stays back to take pictures. Riding back to the city alone, Meir believes he is being kidnapped by his Arab taxi driver and his cronies. The driver struggles to understand Meir's pleas in Hebrew to spare his life, and thinks his erratic passenger needs to go to the bathroom. Meir calls on Amjad for help when his clueless driver "locks" him in an outhouse. Amjad and his father set out on a rescue mission to free Meir from his "kidnappers."

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Shai Kapon
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    Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. He seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched every day when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 5: It is the week of Passover. Meir, Amjad's coworker, meets with Amal, an attorney and friend of Bushra. He invites her to the Passover Seder. Amjad is also invited along with his wife and children to the home of a reform family whose son goes to kindergarten with Maya. Amjad is enthusiastic about the Seder ceremony and decides to adopt the concept of the Haggadah into Eid al-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice).

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Shai Kapon
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    Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. He seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched every day when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 7: Amjad interviews the leader of a new political party that advocates a repartitioning of Israel between Jews and Arabs. Amjad, who is not at all sure of which side he wants to be on in this new partitioning, goes to a psychologist to figure out what he truly wants. But things only get more complicated...

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. He seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched every day when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 8: Bushra, Amjad's wife honks at a BMW that is blocking them, and Amjad is afraid that he is about to get into a clash with one of the village criminals. He goes up to them to apologize for his wife’s honking and gets into even more trouble. In the meantime, Meir is beside himself with jealousy because of a Palestinian student who is courting his crush Amal.

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew “Avoda Aravit” which colloquially implies “shoddy or second-rate work”) focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity. He seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched every day when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

    Episode 9: Amal wants to meet Meir’s parents. Meir, who is afraid of the meeting, hires substitute parents who will play the role of his very left-wing parents, who have no problem at all with the fact that their son is in a relationship with an Arab woman. Amjad invites Bushra out to a fancy restaurant frequented by Jerusalem’s elite, and ends up in a mess with his neighbor, the dishwasher at the restaurant.

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

     

    Starring: Norman Issa, Marlano Idelman, Clara Khoury, Mira Awad
  • Eran Riklis
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    Set during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, CUP FINAL tells the story of Cohen, a young Israeli soldier who is kidnapped by a group of Palestinian fighters and held hostage during the conflict. The 1982 FIFA World Cup happens to be on during the invasion, and captor and captive's mutual love of football (and support for the Italian team), helps break down the barriers of nationalism and historical baggage.

    See more about Cup Final at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Moshe Ivgy, Bassam Zo'amat, Suhel Haddad, Gassan Abbas, Sharon Alexander, Johnny Arbid, Sami Samir, Meir Suissa, Gadi Poor, Victor Kamar, Rada Ibrahim, Roberto Pollak, Mohammad Bakri, Salim Daw
  • Assi Dayan
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    In this satirical cult-classic, a Reserves unit in the Israel-controlled Sinai is less than five miles from the Egyptian front lines. However, the Israelis are hardly concerned with the Egyptians, as half of the Reserve-niks are just happy to get away from their homes and essentially go camping in uniform, while the other half goes crazy in hilarious fashion. When one of the Israelis mistakenly wanders across the lines and is captured by an Egyptian patrol, a madcap rescue mission is hatched. Add to that some oil prospecting, a stowaway girlfriend, and an officer in need of some female attention, and all the ingredients for an enjoyable romp are there. Can Reserves duty in Israel (or anywhere) really be this fun?

    For more information visit the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Gavri Banai, Menahem Zilberman, Tuvia Tzafir, Nitza Shaul, Lans Kroner, Shaike Levi, Isarel Poliakov, Rafi Ginai, Moshe Ish-Kassit, Oshik Levi,Aryeh Moskona, Hana Laszlo, Miki Kam
  • Dani Levy
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    The bastard love child of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator and Mel Brooks’ The ProducersMy Führer is a wildly provocative and laugh-out-loud satire about Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.

    December 1944: Berlin lies in ruins and the war is as good as lost. Goebbels is convinced all the country needs is a re-energizing speech from the Führer. Adolf, however, is only a shadow of his former self; demoralized and depressed, he hides in his office. The only man who can help is Germany’s finest acting teacher, Adolf Grünbaum – a Jew.

     

     

    Starring: Ulrich Mühe, Sylvester Groth
  • Ephraim Kishon
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    This sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history, is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised apartment and are abandoned for months. A Yemenite Jewish family that was flown to Israel during "Operation Magic Carpet"--a clandestine operation that flew 49,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel the year after the state was formed--is forced to move to a government settlement camp. The patriarch of the family, portrayed by Chaim Topol, tries to make money and get better housing, in a country that can barely provide for its own and is in the midst absorbing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. This hilarious portrayal of immigrants in Israel won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, putting Israel on the international film stage for the first time.

    See more about Sallah Shabbati at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Chaim Topol, Geula Nuni, Gila Almagor, Shraga Friedman, Zaharira Harifai, Shaike Levi, Nathan Meisler, Esther Greenberg, Mordecai Arnon
  • Rami Na'aman
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    An enchanting comedy about the adventure of a Jewish professor, an Arab sanitation worker, and a young Italian nun, who discover a utterly surprising similarity in their uncommon interests. At first they find themselves at odds, but then decide to work together to rebuild a statue important to Tel Aviv. The Flying Camel is a celebration of the differences that make everyone unique, and the bonds that can be made when we accept each others' differences.

    See more about The Flying Camel at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Mosko Alkalai, Gabi Amrani, Salim Daw, Gideon Zinger, Gilat Ankori, Sean McBridge, Lorance Bovard
  • Adam Sanderson, Muli Segev
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    In this comedy set at the dawn of monotheism, God tries to recruit tough negotiator Abraham as his first customer. Old Abraham refuses unless God rescues his nephew, Lot, from Sodom, about to be obliterated due to its residents' never-ending sins. Yet as God sends his angles to rescue Sodom, they discover that scruples are of no consequence when things get rough, and Lot's wife redefines the meaning of "oppurtunism". Will Lot escape the world's most nefarious city? Or does God have a different plan in mind?

    See more about This is Sodom at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Eyal Kitzis, Tal Friedman, Alma Zak, Moti Kirshenbaum, Dov Navon, Eli Finish, Yuval Semo, Maor Cohen
  • Arik Kaplun
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    This charming, entertaining film, full of warm humor and sentiment, swept the recent Israeli Awards in almost every category. Three parallel sories of love unfold in Israel during the Gulf War with Iraq, as the people retreat into thier homes and shelters to avoid the  lethal scud attacks. Yana, a Russian immigrant abandoned by her husband, is pregnant and in debt, but when she moves into a flat with wedding photographer Eli and the two are forced into a sealed room from the fear of chemical weapons, sparks fly. At the same time, formal and businesslike Rosa finds love, while Alik and his wife learn the meaning of loving commitment and transform each other into better people.

    See more about Yana's Friends at the Israel Film Center

    Starring: Evelyne Kaplun, Nir Levy, Shmil Ben Ari, Mosko Alkalay, Dalia Friedland, Vladimir Friedman, Israel Damidov, Lana Sachanova, Jenya Fleisher, Evyatar Lazar, Lucy Dubinchik, Valentin Nikulin, Aleksandr Stanilov
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