"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

Want to see some of the best films of recent years? Just scroll down to "best films" to find listings of my recommendations.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Recent documentaries recommended for Selichot

In answer to the requests that I have received for recommendations for films for Erev Selichot this year, I am suggesting four recent documentary films. The first three have been reviewed on this blog during the last month or two --

About the Second War in Lebanon, life in the Galilee and existential contemporary questions about terrorist attacks --
Cobwebs directed by Micha Livne, narrated by Zvia Keren
For my comments and distribution information: http://israelfilm.blogspot.com/2008/08/cobwebs.html

A story of faith and hope -- about the disengagement and rebuilding one's life following the loss of one's family in a terrorist attack --
Footprints in the Sand directed by Revital Zivan (Shtern)
For my comments and distribution information:

Screened recently with much success and discussion at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem -- a personal documentary about trying to reunite a family torn apart when one sibling becomes an ultra-orthodox Jew --
My Brother directed by Yulie Cohen
For my comments and distribution information:

The fourth recommendation is Paula Weiman-Kelman's recent documentary entitled Eyes Wide Open, about issues of Jewish identity, how American Jews relate to Israel, about some of the complex issues of modern Israel and Israel-Diaspora relations. The film premiered at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this summer and at least a dozen other venues. For more information, check out the film's website. The film is available from Ruth Diskin.

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