The 36th Jerusalem Film Festival
July 25-August 4
Approximately 30 documentaries are presented among the more than 100 new and recent features in the line-up of this notable Israeli event.
Israeli nonfiction vies for recognition in the Documentary Competition: Anna Oliker’s THE UNRECOGNIZED
, which looks at a women-focused initiative to modernize Bedouin villages; Yael Kipper and Ronen Zaretsky’s ONE HUNDRED PERCENT
, about a program to elevate high school success rates among an ethnic minority in Galilee; Emmanuelle Mayer’s A FISH TALE
, an intimate look at an African family in Israel debating whether or not to return home; Yoav Gurfinkel’s HASSAN ARFA COMPOUND
, about the marginalized people in a soon-to-be demolished area of businesses; Kobi Faraj and Morris Ben Mayor’s SPOTTING YOSSI
, a tribute to an iconic Israeli performer; Nurit Kedar’s LIEBER-MAN
, which explores the life and politics of the controversial right-wing politician Avigdor Lieberman; and Ariel Semmel’s PARANO
, an autobiographical portrait focused on alien abduction and paranoia.
AN ORDINARY LIFE
Among the other Israeli docs screening are: Shlomit Carmeli and Raphael Carmeli’s SWORDSMAN: GABRIEL MOKED
, a profile of an influential literary world figure; Lina Holopov’s MADA RUSSIA
, a personal film exploring the filmmaker’s roots to her homeland of Russia; and Efrat Shalom Danon and Gili Danon’s AN ORDINARY LIFE
, which follows refugees seeking asylum in Tel Aviv and Berlin.