The Israeli Film Festival

The Israeli Film Festival

Sunday, Jan 24, 2021


Schedule of Events

Shooting Life

A Film by David Kreiner
Narrative | 84 min | 2018 | Hebrew with English Subtitles

While helping his war-weary students find their own voices, a high school teacher attempts to start a new life in an Israeli town perpetually in danger, in the teen drama Shooting Life. Yigal (Mickey Leon), a middle-aged divorcé and unemployed film director from Tel Aviv, accepts a position teaching filmmaking in Sderot, near the Gaza border where air raid sirens and missile attacks are ubiquitous. Though they're slow to warm to him, he gains his 12th-grade students' trust by coaxing them to film their own stories of love and loss. With their cameras on themselves, they connect with family members, discovering secrets about their lives. But Yigal's fervent commitment to honest self-expression leads some kids into conflict with their parents, and puts him at odds with his school principal. Bolstered by a strong ensemble cast of up-and-coming young actors, this engrossing coming-of-age story ponders, from the next generation's viewpoint, the shattered dreams and future hopes of the Middle East.


A Dani Menkin Film
Documentary | 75 min | 2020

Aulcie Perry, an African American, from the violence-filled streets of Newark, NJ finds his glory in leading Israel's Maccabi basketball team to European championship, only to fall to drugs and jail time before his redemption and search for his biological daughter. Director Dani Menkin has captured the essence of Israel's heartwarming, headstrong, and always hopeful history, and the harrowing tale of its adopted and much-beloved son, in the true story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's legendary player.


Winner of 9 Israeli Ophir Awards including BEST PICTURE and BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Shira Haas)
Directed by Ruthy Pribar
Narrative | 85 min | 2020 | Hebrew with English Subtitles

Asia (Alena Yiv) and Vika (Shira Haas) are more like sisters than mother and daughter. Young mom Asia hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle, and expects the same openness and honesty from teenage Vika. But Vika is at an age where privacy and independence are paramount, and inevitably begins to rebel against her mom's parenting style. With two stubborn and opinionated women under one roof, Asia finds herself in new territory and stumbles to achieve a balance between asserting her parental authority and respecting her daughter's point of view. When health issues lead Vika to be confined to a wheelchair and her need for romantic experiences and sexual exploration becomes more urgent, Asia realizes she must get out of the way so that her daughter can live her life.

Per Film: $12 Household Ticket
All Films Pass (7 Films): $65