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A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA

A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA

Directed by Thierry Binisti
  • France / 
  • 2011 / 
  • French, Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 99 min
Directed by Thierry Binisti


"[For] anyone who's just interested in a gripping, unsentimental drama with a lot of action and a pacifist message of hope and reconciliation, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea is must-viewing."
- Jeff Henrich, Montreal Gazette

"Heartfelt! [Bottle] is a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope."
- Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

"This is the story of people who dream big and find a commonunderstanding...No matter where your sympathies lie,it's hard not to get behind that."
- Robert Levin, AM New York
AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY

AN AFGHAN LOVE STORY

Directed by Barmak Akram
Directed by Barmak Akram

Winner - Screenwriting Award - Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival

"Engrossing! A satisfying drama...heartfelt in a naturalistic manner."
- Alissa Simon, Variety

"[A] contemporary morality tale in a lean, efficient style."
- Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

"An uncompromising look at the modern Afghan state and its treatment of women."
- Robert Bell, Exlaim.ca
ARRANGED

ARRANGED

Directed by Diane Crespo, Stefan Schaefer

Winner - Best Feature Film - Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - SXSW Film Festival

"The simple sweetness of this heartfelt effort arrives as both endearing and culturally provocative."
- Toddy Burton, The Austin Chronicle

"A gem of a film, beautifully shot and perfectly cast!"
- Mary Glucksman, Filmmaker Magazine

"ARRANGED is a must-see in this globalized world!"
- Alex Navissi, The Daily Texan
CAMPFIRE

CAMPFIRE

Directed by Joseph Cedar
  • Israel / 
  • 2004 / 
  • Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 96 min
Directed by Joseph Cedar

Winner - Best Film - Award of the Israeli Film Academy
Winner - Best Screenplay - Award of the Israeli Film Academy

"Released as the settlements on the Gaza Strip were being dismantled, Cedar's film offers a refreshing new perspective of them and a sly critique of their origins."
- Ken Fox, TV Guide

"Remarkable! A winningly heartfelt little gem!"
- Jen Johans, Film Intution

"Always engaging to watch! A very warm and character-driven film that tackles the very timely, provocative subject of racial discrimination in a surprisingly gentle way."
- Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
EAST JERUSALEM WEST JERUSALEM

EAST JERUSALEM WEST JERUSALEM

  • Israel / 
  • 2014 / 
  • English / 
  • 80 min
Directed by Henrique Cymerman, Erez Miller


"While collaborations like this aren't unprecedented, the timing and scope of this project has far-reaching effects. The album is good; the making-of documentary is extraordinary."
- Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair

"At a time when Israel and Palestine seem as hopelessly divided as ever, the documentary shows how artistry can wrestle with heavy societal themes to inspire personal, soul-stirring music."
- Zach Sharf, IndieWire

"...Israeli filmmakers Erez Miller and Henrique Cymerman manage to inject a sense of optimism into a conflict that often seems desperate and without solution."
- Andrea R. Vaucher, The Wrap
FOR MY FATHER

FOR MY FATHER

Directed by Dror Zahavi
  • Israel / 
  • 2008 / 
  • Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
Directed by Dror  Zahavi

Nominated - Best Actor - Award of the Israeli Film Academy
Nominated - Best Supporting Actor - Award of the Israeli Film Academy

"Quite simply the most powerful and moving films I can remember seeing in years!"
- Eric Alterman, The Huffington Post

"Rich, moving [and] beautifully performed...I absolutely and unequivocably recommend it!"
- James van Maanen, TrustMovies.com

"A satisfying small film with a generous helping of privileged moments in which the characters can just be."
- George Robinson, The New York Jewish Week
GOD'S SLAVE

GOD'S SLAVE

Directed by Joel Novoa
Directed by Joel Novoa


"Riveting!"
- Anath White, RogerEbert.com
JAFFA

JAFFA

Directed by Keren Yedaya
  • Israel / 
  • 2009 / 
  • Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 105 min
Directed by Keren Yedaya

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival
Official Selection - Toronto Int'l Film Festival

"Absorbing and touching!"
- Ray Bennett, The Hollywood Reporter

"An honest and movie look at just how hard it is for love to conquer all."
- Nora Lee Mandel

"A triumph in every sense of the word...Israeli import Jaffa is downright fantastic!"
- Sara Michelle Fetters, Movie Freak
LE GRAND VOYAGE

LE GRAND VOYAGE

Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi
  • France and Morocco / 
  • 2004 / 
  • French & Arabic with English subtitles / 
  • 108 min
Directed by Ismaël Ferroukhi

Winner - Luigi De Laurentiis Award - Venice Film Festival
Winner - Best Film - Mar del Plata Int'l Film Festival

"In this remarkable directorial debut, the stern father of a Muslim family in France has his teenage son drive him to Mecca for the religious pilgrimage known as the hajj."
- Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle

"This movie is why we watch foreign films."
- Eric Hanson, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The movie provides a welcome alternative to the stereotypical images of Islam that plague popular culture."
- Marc Mohan, The Oregonian
MEN AT WORK

MEN AT WORK

Directed by Mani Haghighi
  • Iran / 
  • 2006 / 
  • Farsi with English subtitles / 
  • 75 min
Directed by Mani Haghighi

Winner - Best Film - Traverse City Film Festival
Winner - Best Screenplay - Fajr Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Berlin Int'l Film Festival

"The film is perfectly enjoyable and quite hilarious...it reveals an unknown by depicting the middle class of Iran"
- Christopher Campbell, Cinematical

"Terrific! The real pleasure here is watching the interactions of four good friends."
- Time Out Chicago

"All the characters here are warm, human and convincing, and the film glides easily from the initial tone of light humor to the increasingly painful drama."
- Michael Wilmington, The Chicago Tribune
OFF WHITE LIES

OFF WHITE LIES

Directed by Maya Kenig
  • Israel / 
  • 2011 / 
  • Hebrew & English with English subtitles / 
  • 86 min
Directed by Maya Kenig

Official Selection - Berlin Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival

"Charming...full of wit, [and] sex appeal! Vibrant with juicy young cinema."
- Yair Raveh, Cinemascope

"A fast-paced, heart warming debut - a story that's as funny as it is moving."
- Mara Klein, Nisimazine
ROOM 514

ROOM 514

Directed by Sharon Bar-Ziv
  • Israel / 
  • 2012 / 
  • Hebrew with English subtitles / 
  • 90 min
Directed by Sharon Bar-Ziv

Special Mention - Best New Narrative - Tribeca Film Festival
Winner - Best Feature Film - Brussels Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection - Rotterdam Int'l Film Festival

"One of Tribeca's finds of [2012]! It also features the most complex role for an actress in the festival thus far."
- Kent Turner, Film Forward

"A masterful project!"
- Howard Feinstein, indieWIRE
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