The Other Israel Film Festival features films, documentaries and shorts about the Israeli and Palestinian experience, by Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. It’s a combination of inspiring subjects about friendship across the cultural and political divide and sobering looks at survival and terrorism, with FREE and ticketed screenings.
This year’s film festival includes a joyful account of a group of Israeli and Palestinian women who form a rock band, a searing account of Palestinan boy born without arms, who lives in an Israeli hospital, away from his family in Gaza, and another smiler about the arrival of a giraffe to the only zoo in Palestine.
This is the 11th annual Other Israel Film Festival, November 2-9.
Like its predecessors, screenings are in several locations. This year, that’s JCC Manhattan, JCC Harlem, and the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU in the Village.
As last year, tickets are $12 for general admission, and $6 for students. Plus a FREE screening on Sat. Nov. 4. Some screenings are repeated more than once, and most are being seen in NYC for the first time..
Here’s some of what’s being shown. Find the full schedule, and links to trailers, here.
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.
Which film – or films – do you plan to see?