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June 2020

Crescendo

June 15 - August 31

Crescendo is a powerful Israeli drama chronicling the impossible task of creating a joint Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra. The conductor is faced with teens that have grown up in a constant state of conflict, filled with threats of terrorist attacks and systemic violence. That tension erupts both on and off stage, making everyone wonder if it will be possible to do what every orchestra must do, work together as a cohesive unit to play music together. The supporting cast features Israeli…

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Abe

June 16 - August 31

Abe is about finding one’s identity, which is a challenge everyone faces, but few have the pressure that 12-year-old Abe feels as the son of an Israeli mother and Palestinian father. Though his parents have raised him in a secular household, both sets of grandparents insist he chooses between being Jewish or Muslim. Thankfully, Abe has a passion for food that allows him some escape from the escalating family tensions that are a reflection of the generations-old conflict between Israel…

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Picture of His Life

June 19 - August 31

Picture of His Life tells the personal backstory behind Yom Kippur War veteran Amos Nachoum’s long-standing obsession with the polar bear. It follows Nachoum’s quest to become the first still photographer to photograph the world’s largest land carnivore, while swimming with one in open water, without any protection. He is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time, and has a special affinity for apex predators—he has captured great white sharks, giant crocodiles, anacondas, and killer whales in breathtaking…

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Aviva

June 26 - August 31

Aviva is a young Parisian who develops an online romance with New Yorker, Eden. After a long-distance courtship they meet in person, fall in love, and eventually marry. The two characters are played by four different dancers/actors simultaneously. During their growing relationship, they grapple with their shifting masculine and feminine sides battling for primacy—both inside and outside their bodies. Their struggle finds expression through movement as well as dialogue. Aviva captures our restless, frenzied and fluid time, demystifying the male-female…

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July 2020

Love in Suspenders

July 3 - August 31

Love in Suspenders is a comedy of errors, or perhaps, Eros. When 64-year-old Tammy hits 70-year-old Benny with her car, she follows her son’s advice to do everything she can to keep Benny from pressing charges. What follows is a heartwarming tale of finding love in the most unlikely of circumstances. This film will be available beginning July 3, 2020. Rental period is not available at this time. 2019. Hebrew with English subtitles. Comedy/Romance. 93 minutes. Not rated.   View Trailer…

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One Day After Peace

July 3 - September 14

Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back…

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The Tobaccanist

July 10 - August 31

The Tobaccanist is a tender heart-breaking drama set in the 1930’s, based on the book of the same name, about Franz, a young Austrian, sent to apprentice at a tobacco shop, who makes a mentor of an aging Sigmund Freud. His innocence slowly sheds as he falls for Anezka, a Czech émigré scraping by as an exotic dancer and escort, and as he realizes the increasing brutality of the Nazi occupation. Set against a stunning recreation of 1930’s Vienna, Franz…

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Transkids

July 17 - August 15

Transkids is a documentary that follows four Israeli transgender teens for several years through their lifesaving identity transformations. They face not only the challenges of living in a gender binary world, but must also face issues specific to Israel, where military service is compulsory and Orthodox Judaism is the law. Available July 17, 2020 2020. Hebrew with English Subtitles. Documentary. 103 Minutes. Not rated.   View Trailer   Rent  

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Shooting Life

July 17 - August 31

Shooting Life (originally titled HaSusita Shel Herzl) is a drama that follows Yigal, a teacher new to Sderot, and his war weary high school students, who find a voice when Yigal puts them behind a video camera. Their desire to express themselves brings students, families, teacher, and principal into conflict. Set against a military build up against Gaza, this film ponders Israel’s shattered dreams and future hopes through the eyes of the next generation. 2019. Hebrew with English subtitles. Drama.…

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The House of Wannsee Street

July 24 - August 31

When award-winning Argentinean filmmaker Poli Martínez Kaplun decided to dig deep into her family history, she found a shocking discovery. Searching through family albums and 8mm home movies, she unraveled a twentieth century mystery. What she found were long forgotten images of her great grandfather, who she learned was a German-Jewish philosopher persecuted by the Nazis. To save his family from the concentration camps, he was forced to flee Berlin and moved to Egypt, then Switzerland, and finally Argentina, where…

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