"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.


Tuesday, April 28, 2020


This is a new website (in Hebrew) -- DocuCorona -- offering Israeli documentaries, available for free or almost free viewing during this period.

You can choose from the literally tens of films on a wide array of subjects.  I have chosen the following two documentaries (both include English) to highlight --

The Holy Gathering, directed by Nahum Grinberg and Naamit Mor Haim (64 minutes, documentary), is a fascinating look at the phenomenon of young men, brought up on Kibbutz Bet Zera, which is a Hashomer HaTzair kibbutz, who have become newly religious in recent years. The kibbutz originally subscribed to an anti-religious ideology, and it seems that perhaps as a result of that, these young people are searching for meaning, and eventually finding their way to religion.  The older generation is quite disappointed and even outraged as a result. Among other subjects, the film describes the experience of growing up in the children’s house, which created a void in the lives of the young people. 
You can watch the film on Youtube!

Dancing in Jaffa, directed by Hilla Medalia, (previously reviewed on this blog), is a touching full-length (87 minutes) documentary about breaking barriers between Jewish and Palestinian youngsters in Jaffa.   The film Is available for streaming for 48 hours for a small fee

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