What can history tell us about the present? Filmmakers Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker (Karl Marx City) search for answers about what history can tell us about the present, taking inspiration from Sebastian Haffner’s 1978 German best-selling book The Meaning of Hitler. Shot in nine countries, the film explores what Hitler means in the current waves of white supremacy, antisemitism, and the weaponization of history.
Israeli filmmaker Gil Levanon and Australian filmmaker Kat Rohrer speak about their film, "Back to the Fatherland," a documentary exploration of Israelis living in Germany and Austria today.
Filmmaker Barak Heymann and former member of Knesset Dov Khenin talk about "Comrade Dov," Heymann's documentary portrait of the controversial politician and academic, who successfully worked across the political divide, even though he represented the Communist party in Israel's parliament.
Anat Goren's four-chaptered documentary looks at the the Dayan family, a story integrally linked to the mythology and history of the State of Israel. It follows five generations of Dayans, beginning at the turn of the 20th century through today.
Yaron Zilberman talks about his latest narrative film, "Incitement," winner of the 2019 Ophir Award for Best Picture. His narrative follows the events that led to the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as seen through the eyes of the killer, Yigal Amir. With a great performance by Yehuda Nahari Halevi.
Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis has directed over a dozen classic Israeli movies, including "Cup Final," "Lemon Tree," "The Syrian Bride," and "A Borrowed Identity." Riklis speaks about his work, his career, and his latest film, "Spider in the Web," starring Sir Ben Kingsley.
Dror Moreh ("The Gatekeepers") discusses "The Human Factor," his documentary that tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the U.S. came within reach of securing peace between Israel and its neighbors over the last 25 years
"Speer Goes to Hollywood" garnered Israel’s 2021 Ophir Award for best documentary film. The movie studies Albert Speer, the highest-ranking Nazi to avoid execution at the Nuremberg Trials. Director Vanessa Lapa and producer Tomer Eliav talk about what they discovered about Speer and how his dream to have his best-selling memoir become a motion picture almost became reality.
Acclaimed Israeli writer/director Nadav Lapid discusses "Ahed’s Knee," his imaginative psychodrama about an Israeli filmmaker who finds himself fighting for his freedoms and his mother’s life in a remote desert village where he’s presenting one of his films. The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
Filmmaker Daniel Raim discusses “Fiddlers Journey to the Big Screen,” his documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage, cast and crew interviews and more, about the making of the beloved musical film “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Actor Meir Gerner discusses his son Oren Gerner’s movie “Africa,” a docu-fictional drama based on the real-life experiences of family and friends in the Israeli community settlement of Nirit. The movie is centered around the struggle of an aging father, played by Meir Gerner, to find meaning in life.
Documentary filmmaker Dennis Scholl's latest documentary takes us on a journey to Miami Beach of the 1970s and 1980s through the photographic lens of two young photographers.
"Tango Shalom" is a heartfelt family comedy/dance movie involving a group filmmaking effort mainly from the Laniado brothers, Jos and Claudio, and the Bologna family. Heart-pumping and heartwarming, the film tests the bonds of family and community, and the bounds of tolerance and faith. Joining the Laniados are Golden Globe nominee Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars) and the film's director, Gabriel Bologna.
Veteran editor and director Manfred Kirchheimer, whose work includes "We Were So Beloved" (1987), looks at issues related to Jewish identity in “My Coffee with Friends”
"Golden Voices" is about two older immigrants making aliyah to Israel in 1990 from the collapsing USSR, trying to find their place in Israeli society. Writer-Director Evgeny Ruman drew on his personal experience as an immigrant to Israel to make this film.
Dana Modan, creator, writer, and starring actress of "Significant Other," speaks about her award-winning, sophisticated, romantic comedic drama series about two lonely apartment neighbors, set in Tel Aviv.
Keith Thomas and lead actor Dave Davis talk about the new Jewish-themed horror movie, "The Vigil." Based on the Jewish ritual of keeping "vigil" with a corpse overnight, the film features Yiddish as the primary language spoken and is a first for the horror film genre.