Docaviv 2021 Overview

Festival:
The 23rd Docaviv: Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival

Dates:
July 1-10

About:
This well-respected Israeli event presents 90 new documentary features in-person and online.

Among the offerings:

Israeli Competition:

HOLES
Director: Shirly Berkovitz
A sudden, shuddering tragedy forces Danny to revisit a dark secret from his past, one he buried years ago. 

HOW TO SAY SILENCE
Director: Shir Newman
An old photograph launches a cross-generational journey, revealing how national values were enlisted in early-days Israel for the patriarchal control over women’s bodies and wombs.

NELSON’S LAST STAND
Director: Avi Maor Marzouk
The story of the bohemian holiday village established by Rafi Nelson on the Sinai border, caught in a border conflict between Israel and Egypt.

QUEEN SHOSHANA
Director: Morris Ben-Mayor, Kobi Farag
A film about Shoshana Damari, the first Israeli diva, who graced local and international stages, stirring millions with her voice, but paid the price for her fame.

RIDING WITH A SPY
Director: Shlomi Eldar
After being convicted of espionage, ostracized by her people, and marked as a traitor, Israeli whistleblower Anat Kamm tried to rebuild her life in New York, but her past still haunts her.

SUMMER NIGHTS
Director: Ohad Milstein
How does the world look through the eyes of a 6-year-old child?

YAMNA’S BLESSING
Director: Ilanut Swissa
82-year-old Yamna, a miracle-worker and righteous woman from Sderot, wants to bequeath her mystical power, passed down from generation to generation, to one of her daughters.

Beyond the Screen Competition:

NOT JUST ROADS
Director: Nitin Bathla, Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou
New highways being constructed in India are dramatically changing the locals’ lives: poor villagers and nomadic populations give way to an emerging middle class, while agriculture is replaced with dreams of profiting from real estate.

ON THIS HAPPY NOTE
Director: Tamar Tal Anati
While preparing for her death, Anat Gov calls upon Kneller, the agent who will be the executor of her will, for a dialogue on life, death, and creation.

A REASON TO LIVE
Director: Arik Alon
The Second Lebanon War left Jonathan Levin paralyzed and unable to speak; holding his writing hand, Adva helps him to seek meaning in his life. 

WALK THE TIDELINE
Director: Anna Antsalo
When the tide recedes, passionate beachcombers in the UK, the Netherlands, and Japan, go treasure hunting.

Depth of Field Competition:

BY THE THROAT
Director:  Effi Weiss, Amir Borenstein
From biblical times to the 21st century, the way we pronounce words has been used to tell friend from foe and decide who gets welcomed and sheltered—and who gets left out. How clear are the vocal borders between us, and how much of this reality is determined by politics?

ONE-WAY STREET
Director: Erez Pery
An Israeli filmmaker living in downtown Manhattan obsessively observes the street below from his apartment’s window.

STATE OF EMERGENCY
Director: Idan Glikzelig
A funny and alarming journey through Israel’s “culture of preparedness” and the people living in its shadow.

Panorama:

APPLES AND ORANGES
Director: Yoav Brill
Around 350 thousand youngsters from around the world came to work in the kibbutz during the 1970s – 80s. Ideology, adventurism and hormones turned the volunteering movement into a hot trend. Why did it end? How many broken hearts were left behind?

THE ETERNAL FLAME
Director: Ranni Midyan
The Physical Immortality Group was popular in Tel Aviv in the 1980s, functioning as the Israeli branch of Eternal Flame–an American group that believed in eternal life–but chaos ensued following the breakup of the group’s leaders, a polyamorous throuple.

HOT BLOOD
Director: Arthur Abramov
Daniela and Ohad dream of winning the World Kickboxing Youth Championship.

A JEWISH LIFE
Director: Christian Krönes, Florian Weigensamer, Roland Schrotthofer, Christian Kermer
Marko Feingold, a survivor of four World War II concentration camps, has devoted his life to helping Jewish survivors reach Palestine.

RIDE THE WAVE
Director: Martyn Robertson
With medals under his belt, 14-year-old champion Ben Larg sets his sights on a new challenge: to conquer one of the world’s biggest waves in the icy waters of Mullaghmore, Ireland.

STORKMAN
Director: Tomislav Jelinčić
27 years ago, when Stjepan rescued a wounded stork who could not fly south with her flock, he had not imagined that he would be sharing his life with her and male stork partner—who faithfully returns every year—and with dozens of baby storks.

Arts and Culture:

AALTO
Director: Virpi Suutari
Alvar Aalto, one of the great masters of 20th-century architecture, shared his artistic vision with his wife, Aino, and when she passed away—with his second wife, Elissa.

AKEJI, THE BREATH OF THE MOUNTAIN
Director: Mélanie Schaan, Corentin Leconte
Between tea ceremonies, encounters with wild animals, and spiritual practice, renowned painter Akeji and his wife, Asako, seem to be one with the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds them.

THAT ORCHESTRA WITH THE BROKEN INSTRUMENTS
Director: Yuval Hameiri
100 musicians rehearse for an extraordinary performance-a symphony of broken instruments.

Masters:

DAYTON DIARIES
Director: Shimon Dotan
An exploration of the crumbling Ohio city, its people, and their stories, patiently woven into a deep, compassionate portrayal.

THE GOOD SOLDIER
Director: Silvina Landsmann
An inside look at the work of Breaking the Silence, an organization of former soldiers who collect testimonies of those who served in the occupied territories.

OUR BEDS ARE BURNING
Director: Igal Bursztyn
An essay about the intellectual history of fascism.

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