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Innocence

  Guy Davidi

  Denmark, Israel, Finland, Iceland     100 minutes

Synopsis

With an uneasy beauty and a blistering moral force, Innocence explores the militarization of Israeli society and its impact on the lives of its young people, most of whom are conscripted into the army. Through intimate narration taken from the diaries of dead recruits and the rare home movies they left behind, the film reveals the inner turmoil of the soldiers, while also depicting the insidious and widespread ways in which children are indoctrinated into the culture of war at an early age. Filmmaker Guy Davidi, who co-directed with Emad Burnat the seminal Oscar-nominated Palestinian-Israel co-production Five Broken Cameras, creates another essential and emotional portrait of the personal devastation caused by war and the guileless victims left in its wake.

 Hebrew with subtitles 

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Film Credits

  •   Sigrid Dyekjær, Hilla Medalia. Co-Producers: Kaarle Aho, Margreth Jonasdottir
  •   Guy Davidi
  •   Guy Davidi, Maja Friis
  •   Guy Davidi, Avner Shahaf
  •   Rinat Klain, Dorit Hassel
  •   Heikki Kossi
  •   Snorri Hallgrímsson
  •   Danish Documentary, Medalia Productions.
  •   Co-Production companies: Real Lava, Making Movies, Sagafilm

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Let It Be Morning Vayehi Boker

  Eran Kolirin

  Israel      2021    

Synopsis

When Sami returns with his wife and son to his Arabic village for his brother’s wedding, he plans a quick return to Jerusalem, where his business and mistress await. Just as he is leaving, the village is unexpectedly put under lockdown by Israeli soldiers, and Sami finds himself caught in an uneasy web of personal and political intrigues. This adaptation of Sayed Kashua’s 2006 novel mixes wry comedy with a touch of the absurd to create a perceptive, winsome satire.

 Arabic, Hebrew with subtitles 
  101 minutes

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Toklomati

  Gadi Aisen & David Ofek

  Israel      2018    

Synopsis

This perceptive documentary follows 12-year-old Idan, a talented young athlete anticipating his Bar Mitzvah. More than a rite of passage, it represents the first time the boy will meet his African father, Tony Toklomati, a professional soccer player removed from the country for lying about his age. But will the family raise enough money to pay his way to Israel, and how long will he be able to stay?

 English, French, Hebrew with subtitles 
  71 minutes

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Off White Lies

Shy teenager Libby moves back to Israel to live with her hapless father Shaul, unexpectedly finding herself without a home as war breaks out around them. Shaul devises a creative solution: posing as refugees, they are taken in by a wealthy family in Jerusalem. Finally, in a “normal” household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their father-daughter relationship, but their false identities can’t last forever.

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Lemon Tree

Salma, a Palestinian widow (living there for decades), has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. A complex, dark and sometimes funny look at the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive.

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