Tag Archives: 2000s

Nekam Achat Mishtey Eynay / Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (2005) Avi Mograbi, Shredi Jabarin, Documentary

Nekam Achat Mishtey Eynay AKA Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (2005)
Shot in the Occupied Territories by Israeli director Avi Mograbi, this controversial documentary film draws parallels between the Israeli – Palestinian situation today and the enduring myths of Samson and Masada. Mograbi offers a powerful, at times chilling, lament of the continuing cycles of violence rooted in the past and threatening to engulf everyone’s future. With the roots of so much real-world conflict left unexamined by today’s restless media, this film reminds us just how vital filmmakers like Avi Mograbi are. Documentary today is rarely immersed in questions of this magnitude – or tackles them with the level of eloquence shown here by Mograbi. An exceptional and challenging film.

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Rock Ba-Casba / Rock the Casbah (2012) Yariv Horowitz, Yon Tumarkin, Roy Nik, Henry David, Action, Drama, History

Rock Ba-Casba AKA Rock the Casbah (2012)
The year is 1989. In an era of Palestinian demands for independence, the State of Israel sends young soldiers to oversee the Arab population in the Occupied Territories. After one of them is killed, the common fate of four young soldiers and one Palestinian family is sealed. The film describes the extraordinary journey of a young soldier trying to find his place in the chaos surrounding him.

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Knafayim Shvurot / Broken Wings (2002) Nir Bergman, Orly Silbersatz Banai, Maya Maron, Nitai Gvirtz, Drama

Knafayim Shvurot AKA Broken Wings (2002)
The unexpected death of the family patriarch throws every member of the Ulman clan off course. Widow Dafna takes to bed for three months and when she finally returns to her job at the maternity hospital, she has little time for her children. Eldest son, Yair drops out of school and adopts a fatalist attitude, shutting out his siblings and girlfriend. His twin sister Maya, a talented musician, feels the most guilt and is forced to act as a family caregiver at the expense of career opportunities. Bullied at school, younger son Ido responds by obsessively filming himself with a video camera and attempting dangerous feats. The baby sister, Bar, is woefully neglected. Preoccupied with their own misery, the family is barely a family anymore. When another tragedy strikes, will they be able to support one another?

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Anashim Ketumim / Orange People (2013) Hanna Azoulay Hasfari, Rita Shukrun, Yoram Toledano, Drama, Family

Anashim Ketumim AKA Orange People (2013)
Grandma Zohara occupies a special role within the Moroccan community within Israel. By cradling an object brought to her by her clients, Grandma Zohara gains access to the family’s past through her dreams. This allows her to advise families on future decisions. Lately, however, Grandma Zohara is tiring and begins searching for someone to take over this role. She discovers that the only other person endowed with the power of dreaming is her daughter, Simone, who has different plans for her future. With support of Simone’s sister, Fanny, who arrives unexpectedly from Paris, Simon gathers the strength to resist her mother’s pressure and to pursue her own desire. Together the sisters wage battle for Simone’s independence and creativity.

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Les naufragés de la D17 / Shipwrecked on Route D 17 (2002) Luc Moullet, Patrick Bouchitey, Iliana Lolitch, Sabine Haudepin, Comedy

Les naufrages de la D17 (2002)
During the Gulf War, the paths of several groups of characters cross in France’s most desert-like region. The cast is as follows: An astrophysician who works alone with Geraldine in an observatory high in the mountains. He’d like to seduce Geraldine, but she seems to prefer the shepherd who’s been relegated to a shabby hut nearby. A group of filmmakers stuck in the middle of the countryside after their crew went on strike because lunch never turned up. A squadron of stupid soldiers who consider even the most minor incident to be proof of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of France. A maniacal geologist, oblivious of everything, who continues to search for the traces of a tectonic Big Bang in the most inaccessible places.

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