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  • Dani Menkin
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    The inspirational and humorous non-fiction account of a remarkable man and his remarkable life. Ami Ankilewitz was diagnosed with an extremely rare and often fatal form of spinal muscular atrophy (type 2) that severely limits physical growth and movement. Yet at thirty-four years of age, he continues to outlive a doctor's prediction of life expectancy by twenty-eight years... and counting. Ami, who weighs only thirty-nine pounds, works in Israel as a 3D animator and creates his art despite the fact that his bodily motion is limited to a single finger on his left hand. In doing so, he continues to redefine notions of a "limited" life. The film follows Ami's journey in search of the doctor who predicted his early demise. Along the way, Ami attempts to come to terms with another major incident from his past and to complete a lifelong dream: to ride a Harley-Davidson across America.

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  • Dror Sabo
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    It is the height of summer and the reality show "His Heart's Choice" is just about to launch its third season. Zacky Reibenbach, the show's creator, knows that without a really good gimmick, there is no way he will repeat the success of the previous two seasons. Then he remembers his film student, Yehuda Konitz. Yehuda has been documenting the rehabilitation of his friend Eitan for the past three years after the latter went blind under strange circumstances during his military service. His unique rehabilitation process was developed by Yael, Eitan's personal trainer and Yehuda's girlfriend. Yael is Eitan's eyes, and with her he is a true phenomenon--exactly what Reibenbach is looking for. Yet when Yehuda accepts Reibenbach's offer of fifty grand to help his movie, in exchange for putting "the phenomenon and the trainer" on the show, he finds himself drawn into Reibenbach's deceptions, as well as the shady, glitzy world of reality television, and on a downward spiral towards a dead end... 

    See more about Dead End at IsraelFilmCenter.org

    Starring: Noa Barkai, Ofer Sechter, Levi Gershon, Gal Zaid, Amnon Wolf, Eran Sarel, Hadas Moreno, Meital Ben Hemo, Michael Moshonov, Yaron Motola, Maya Gasner, Asi Azar, Amit Lior
  • Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir
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    Morad, a teenager living in an Arab neighboorhood in Israel, had everything a teenager could want; he was socially popular, loved by his family, an athlete, and a good student. But after a cruel beating by his classmates, he becomes catatonic and withdraws from life. Instead of interring him in a mental institution, his doctor suggests dolphin-assisted therapy down in Eilat. Desperate to help his son, Morad's father sells everything, leaves his job and family, moves to Dolphin Reef on the Red Sea, and vows not to return until the boy fully recovers. But even when Morad begins to speak again, he's changed beyond what anyone could've expected. A moving film about nature's power to heal.

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