OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL: NOV 2-9, 2017

This groundbreaking festival brings you premiere films featuring Israel's minority communities. Join us for a week-long festival of award-winning international films as well as engaging conversations on hot topics that illuminate the diversity of Israeli society. Participate in panel discussions with filmmakers and other special guests, gala events, and more.

Other Israel Film Festival Pass
  • Thu, Nov 2-9
  • $40 for Everyone

The Other Israel Film Festival pass is good for five (5) general admission tickets based on availability. Special events & programs excluded. See a full list of films at otherisrael.org/films.

Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes prior to show time. Pass does not guarantee admission, please reserve your tickets ahead of time, as screenings do sell out.

The JCC Manhattan box office can be reached at 646.505.5708

In Between

Prices Vary

Join us for the Red Carpet Opening Night festivities of the 11th Anniversary of the Other Israel Film Festival, featuring:

In Between
Dir. Maysaloun Hamoud
2016 | 103 min | Narrative

Two Palestinian women share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. A stylish criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, Laila sheds her professional persona and releases any inhibitions in the city's underground club scene. Her more subdued lesbian roommate Salma left her conservative Christian home and floats from job-to-job, working primarily as a bartender and DJ. They are joined by Nur, a religious Muslim, who moves into the apartment while studying at the local university. Her fiance refuses to understand why she prefers to study and work over establishing their househome. Together, the roommates search for ways to live in the space in between their desired modern lifestyles and the pressures from their traditional communities.

Screening followed by conversation and reception with filmmakers and special guests.

New Generations Dinner
  • Fri, Nov 03
  • 6:30 PM
  • $16 for Everyone

Join the New Israel Fund's New Generations, JCC 20s + 30s, and other young leadership groups for Shabbat dinner, drinks, and short films, accompanied by an intimate conversation with guest filmmakers. Event nourished by One Table.

For tickets + more information, click here.

Advance registration required. Drinks will take place in the JCC Manhattan lobby from 6:30-7pm. Dinner will be served in the Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium and will include select film clips from the Other Israel Film Festival.

For specific dietary requests (vegan, gluten-free), please contact sbleich@jccmanhattan.org by 10 AM on Wed, October 25th.

Short Films: Session 1
  • Sat, Nov 04
  • 2:00 PM
  • FREE for Everyone

A compilation of groundbreaking, thought-provoking shorts:

72 GILO (Dir. Catie Damon, 7 min, Narrative)
When a bus picks up a group of stranded Israelis, a Palestinian girl decides to make it her stage.

ACROSS THE LINE (Dir. Nadav Shlomo Giladi, 29 min, Narrative)
An unexpected encounter between a Palestinian hitchhiker and a Jewish settler offers life-changing lessons.

THE TRANSFER (Dir. Michael Grudsky, 22 min, Narrative)
A group of Israeli soldiers and their Arab prisoner must challenge their prejudices when their van breaks down in the desert.

OUR HEROES (Dir. Yair Agmom, 16 min, Narrative)
A Jewish man and Arab woman recount their versions of a shared moment during the 1948 war.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Short Films: Session 2
  • Sat, Nov 04
  • 4:00 PM
  • FREE for Everyone

A compilation of groundbreaking, thought-provoking shorts:

ANA MIN EL YAHUD (Dir. Aharon Shem Tov + Niv Hachlili, 18 min, Narrative)
Possessed by the spirit of his dead grandfather, an Israeli teacher questions his own identity.

AT DAWN (Dir. Omri Burstyn, 19 min, Narrative)
Ali, an Arab in a group of radical Jewish activists, is put in danger due to his crush on Yael.

DOMINO STREET (Dir. Haim Barbi, 16 min, Narrative)
The lives of the residents of Domino Street in Jaffa are entangled, and small decisions make their destinies become intertwined.

SANTE (Dir. Sabrine Khoury, 19 min, Narrative)
An Arab salsa dancer is in a relationship with a Jewish dancer. Together they attempt to perform in an Israeli settlement.

Screening followed by Q&A.

A Land Without Borders

Prices Vary

A Land Without Borders
Dir. Michael Alalu + Nir Baram
2017 | 62 min | Documentary
US Premiere

Award-winning writer Nir Baram grew up in a political household. Both his father and grandfather were members of the Knesset and Ministers in the Israeli Labor Party governments. As Baram begins to lose faith in even the possibility of a two-state solution, he decides to travel throughout the West Bank to speak with the local populations on both sides of the conflict. He learns that in crucial substantive ways, the two groups don't start from a common foundation. So how can they even participate in the same conversation? While the international focus of a two-state solution generally revolves around the "Green Line," the average West Bank Palestinian on the street cares little about 1967 political borders when they desire the land they lost in 1948. These surprising revelations force Baram to challenge his entire political belief system and reevaluate his own hopes for a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

Screening followed by Q&A.

The Promised Band
  • Sat, Nov 04
  • 8:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

The Promised Band
Dir. Jen Heck
2016 | 89 min | Documentary
NY Premiere

American reality TV producer Jen Heck,  brings her friends from a self-described bubble in Tel Aviv, where many are ignorant of the realities of life for Palestinians, to meet Lina, a Palestinian living in Nablus.  This  action could land them all in a great deal of trouble, as the Palestinian city is off -limits to Israeli citizens. When Shlomit and Lina hit it off, they decide to form a band which would allow them to continue to meet and interact. None have much musical ability, but she Shlomit recruits a few more friends, and they begin making regular trips to Lina's home in Nablus. The more time the women spend together, the more they connect with each other and begin to realize they're not so different.

Screening followed Q&A.

The Field
  • Sun, Nov 05
  • 2:00 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

The Field
Dir. Mordechai Vardi
2017 | 72 min | Documentary
NY Premiere

Gush Etzion Junction, a commercial intersection frequented by both Palestinians and Israeli settlers, lies midway between Jerusalem and Hebron and is the entrance to one of the largest settlement blocks in the West Bank. In 2014, Ali Abu Awwad built a shack on a plot of land owned by his family near the junction to create a Palestinian Center for Nonviolence. He invited some settlers to visit, sit, and talk. They would eat and pray together, discuss both the serious and mundane elements of their lives, and begin a process of understanding that could lead to a positive plan for coexistence as friendly neighbors. Awwad had been a fighter and militant activist, enraged by his brother's death at the hands of by an Israeli soldier and having served time in an Israeli prison. But now, collaborating with the settlers, he and his family created "Roots," a grassroots effort to advance responsibility and political reconciliation through peaceful conversation and cooperation. Director Vardi, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and resident of Gush Etzion, provides a glimpse of the dialogue between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, and follows the group throughout a wave of violence in 2015 that challenges all of their hopes for reconciliation.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Breakout Sessions
  • Sun, Nov 05
  • 3:45 PM
  • FREE for Everyone

Following the Sunday 11/5 screening of The Field, please join Alliance for Middle East Peace, Encounter, and Hand in Hand in the lobby of the JCC. Representatives from each organization will provide background information on their efforts and facilitate smaller group discussions focused on coexistence and dialogue as modeled by the participants in the film.

Your Honor
  • Sun, Nov 05
  • 5:00 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

Your Honor
Dir. Ron Ninio
2017 | 96 min | TV Drama (3 Episodes)
NY Premiere

Following the Sunday 11/5 screening of The Field, please join Alliance for Middle East Peace, Encounter, and Hand in Hand in the lobby of the JCC. Representatives from each organization will provide background information on their efforts and facilitate smaller group discussions focused on coexistence and dialogue as modeled by the participants in the film.

Other Israel Underground @ JCC Harlem
  • Sun, Nov 05
  • 6:30 PM
  • $12 for Everyone

Please note: this screening will take place at JCC Harlem, located at 318 W 118 St (between Manhattan Ave and Frederick Douglass Blvd). We will check your name upon entry, you do not need a ticket to enter.

Join us for a night out and screenings in Harlem! A night of thought-provoking short films followed by conversations in the vibrant scene of Harlem. We start the evening at JCC Harlem before moving on to Silvana Cafe-Bar-Live Music for more films and drinks.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission includes 2 free drinks at Silvana.

Shorts at event:

AT DAWN (Dir. Omri Burstyn, 19 min, Narrative)
Ali, an Arab in a group of radical Jewish activists, is put in danger due to his crush on Yael.

THE TRANSFER (Dir. Michael Grudsky, 22 min, Narrative)
A group of Israeli soldiers and their Arab prisoner must challenge their prejudices when their van breaks down in the desert.

72 GILO (Dir. Catie Damon, 7 min, Narrative)
When a bus picks up a group of stranded Israelis, a Palestinian girl decides to make it her stage.

DOMINO STREET (Dir. Haim Barbi, 16 min, Narrative)
The lives of the residents of Domino Street in Jaffa are entangled, and small decisions make their destinies become intertwined. 

Muhi - Generally Temporary
  • Mon, Nov 06
  • 6:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

Muhi - Generally Temporary
Dir. Rina Castelnouvo-Hollander + Tamir Elterman
2017 | 87 min | Documentary

As an infant, Palestinian Muhi was rushed from his home in Gaza to an Israeli hospital. Travel restrictions allowed only Muhi's grandfather to accompany him to Israel, and seven years later, Muhi has grown into a brave and spirited boy. Unable to receive the care he still needs in Gaza, he and his grandfather remain in the hospital, spending their days roaming the wards, separated from their family and most of the outside world. With the help of an Israeli who lost his own son due to war, the grandfather steadily fights to create a future for Muhi outside of the hospital, whether in Israel or Gaza. Caught between two worlds, Muhi grows up speaking Arabic and Hebrew, studying the Torah and Koran, and cared for by the very government that keeps him separated from his mother and the rest of his family. This paradoxical circumstance transcends identity, nationality, religion, and the larger conflict that both surrounds him and divides his world.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Palestine.net
  • Mon, Nov 06
  • 8:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

Palestine.net
Dir. Anat Tel Mendelovich
2017 | 50 min | Documentary
US Premiere

In recent years, social media has become a central part of Palestinian life. The film follows four Palestinians who utilize social media -- especially Facebook and YouTube -- for both activist and aspirational purposes. Mousa, describing the centrality of the Internet in daily life, repeats a common joke: "If you see a guy who doesn't have money to buy a coffee, and he has iPhone, Galaxy, and Blackberry, welcome to Palestine." Ahmad works as a translator, participating in groups that bring together young Israelis and Palestinians for face-to-face dialogue. Manal leads a website that documents violence against women within Palestinian society to shine a light on an otherwise ignored local issue. Issa encourages Palestinians of all ages to use their cellphones to record every interaction with Israeli soldiers as a defense against accusations of violence. To their dismay, peaceful and productive efforts are not the only ones on social media, and the film also illuminates how extremist voices attempt to dominate these platforms.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Waiting for Giraffes
  • Tue, Nov 07
  • 6:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

Waiting for Giraffes
Dir. Marco de Stefanis
2016 | 84 min | Documentary
NY Premiere

The city of Qalqilya sits on the edge of the West Bank and is home to the only zoo in the Palestinian territories. The Qalqilya Zoo lost its prized giraffe during the second Intifada. The lore surrounding the question,"What happened to the giraffe?" became its own urban legend. The beating heart of the zoo, and the man who keeps things running is Dr. Sami, a veterinarian who has dedicated himself to turning his zoo into a world class institution that makes all Palestinians proud. The cooperation and support Dr. Sami receives from the leaders of the Jerusalem Zoo stands in stark contrast to the political obstacles standing in his way, most notably by the Israeli government and military, but also by the revolving door of leadership in Qalqilya. Determined to succeed, even with that cement border wall constantly in view, Dr. Sami continues to leap over the hurdles in the zoo’s path, determined to provide his people with the only zoo they may ever know.

Screening followed by Q&A.

DESERT WOUNDS

Prices Vary

Desert Wounds
Dir. Nili Dotan
2016 | 58 min | Documentary
NY Premiere

Throughout the world, large groups of people continue to face oppression and discrimination due to religion and ethnicity. Each year, thousands migrate to other countries, uncertain of what may lie ahead, but desperately searching for better lives. With an international refugee crisis afflicting the entire globe, director Dotan follows the specific journeys of two Christian women from Sudan and Eritrea, who fleeing war, dictatorship, and religious persecution in their countries. Over a five-year period, they seek asylum in Israel, later in Uganda, attempting to build new lives while still remaining under the constant threat of deportation. They have no homes to which they can return, and their uncertain status has no end in sight. These specific stories stand in for a more universal tale of refugees, not only in Israel, and uncover the volatile political conversations throughout the entire world, including here at home.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Death in the Terminal
  • Tue, Nov 07
  • 8:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

Death in the Terminal
Dir. Tali Shemesh + Asaf Sudry
2016 | 52 min | Documentary

On October 18, 2015, in the southern Israeli town of Be'er Sheva, a man carrying a knife and a gun walked into a bus terminal and opened fire. Eighteen minutes later, the perpetrator and two other people were dead: An Israeli soldier named Omri Levy and Abtum Zarhum, an Eritrean refugee seeking asylum in Israel because his own country had become too dangerous. Amid the chaos of a terrorist attack, mob rule took control of the crowd, which mistook Zarhum  for a terrorist, and lynched him. By painstakingly editing together security camera and mobile phone video footage and eyewitness accounts, the filmmakers provide a minute-by-minute reconstruction of the incident. The diverse perspectives both complement and contradict each other, questioning the reliability of each witness and revealing the power of emotion over reason.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Born in Deir Yassin
  • Wed, Nov 08
  • 6:30 PM
  • $9 members / $12 public

Born in Deir Yassin
Dir. Neta Shoshani
2016 | 63 min | Documentary
US Premiere

Sitting on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Deir Yassin became the site of one of the most pivotal clashes in the 1948 War of Independence. It also remains one of the most controversial, considered by many a blemish on Israel's storied history. Three years after Jewish fighters conquered this Palestinian Arab village, killing over 100 and forcing out the remainder of the local population, the nascent Israeli government established the Kfar Shaul Mental Health Center on the site, which remains there to this day. Dror Nissan, taken at birth from his mother --who was hospitalized at the facility for the final years of her life -- returns to this hospital as he attempts to learn more about his own past. By both tracing Nissan's personal journey as well as documenting the contradicting memories of several Israelis who fought that day, Shoshani unveils secrets of the nation's founding fathers who set in motion the Palestinian refugee crisis that persists 70 years later.

Screening followed by Q&A.

Closing Night: Holy Air
  • Thu, Nov 09
  • 7:00 PM
  • $18 for Everyone

Join us for a closing night celebration featuring a screening of Holy Air and the announcement of the winner of the Bob Simon Award.

Holy Air
Dir. Shady Srour
2017 | 81 min | Narrative

In Nazareth, Christian-Arab Adam suffers the failure of yet another entrepreneurial idea. He will soon become a first-time father, and his father has fallen gravely ill. Adam needs to catch a break, and finally one day he happens upon his blockbuster idea. With thousands of tourists coming to the childhood home of Jesus every year, Adam could sell them "Holy Air," bottled fresh from the top of Mount Precipice. For a single Euro, tourists can buy a bottle filled with the very same air Mary breathed when the angel Gabriel announced she would give birth to the "Son of God." Adam suddenly becomes so successful that he catches the attention of the local Jewish politicians, the Catholic Church, and the Muslim mafia, alike. Will success liberate Adam and allow him to support his family? Or will more money lead to more problems?

Screening followed by conversation and reception with filmmakers and special guests.

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