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In Hebrew with English captions, unless otherwise noted.

Ajami (DVD FOREIGN AJA)  120 min.  2010. 

Shakespearian in its scope and themes, revenge, loyalty, hope and despair, this film draws us into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination, a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother's medical expenses, and a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through this dramatic collision of different worlds, we witness cultural and religious tensions simmering beneath the surface and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.

Alex in Love [Alex Holeh Ahavaha] (DVD FOREIGN ALE)  In Hebrew and English, with Hebrew captions.  88 min.  1986. 

Set in the early years of Israeli independence, this romantic comedy is about the pains and pleasures of youthful love.

Alila (DVD FOREIGN ALI)  122 min.  2003. 

For the apartment dwellers, every action creates a ripple unknowingly felt by all. Libertine Gabi’s violence with her lover Hezi brings the wrath of their neighbors. Mali joins her ex-husband Ezra to search for their son, an army deserter. Ezra’s illegal construction site and undocumented immigrants prompt the hermit Schwartz to relive the horrors of the Nazi death camps.

Avanim [Stones] (DVD FOREIGN AVA)  109 min.  2003. 

A young woman splits her time between her job at her father's Tel Aviv firm, her husband and child, and her lover. Her life becomes altered forever when the lover is killed by a suicide bomber.

Aviva My Love (DVD FOREIGN AVI)  107 min.  2006. 

Aviva is a poor hotel cook with a big dream. Through her sister she meets Oded, a famous writer who promises to make Aviva a great writer too. But Aviva's big break affects her family when her future alternates between despair and hope. Special features (in Hebrew only): Behind the scenes; "Anita's letters;" TV special "Premier in the shelter in Tiberius;" deleted scenes; Israeli Academy Award Ceremony: highlights; "Aviva" celebrating 300,000 filmgoers; trailer; music video clip "My spring (Aviv) will come" by Miri Messika; music video clip "Avivo blues" by Zarhin, Levy, and others.

Aviya’s Summer (DVD FOREIGN AVI)  91 min.  1988. 

This is Gila Almagor’s autobiographical film about a Holocaust survivor who immigrates with her daughter to the newly founded Israeli state. Aviya is a spunky 10-year-old girl who, like her mother, has survived persecution.

Band’s Visit (DVD FOREIGN BAN)  In Hebrew, Arabic and English.  87 min.  2007. 

An Egyptian orchestra arrives in Israel to play an important cultural event only to find themselves in the wrong town. As the band settles in the best it can, each of the members attempts to get along with the natives in their own way. What follows is a special night of quiet happenings and confessions as the band makes its own impact on the town and the town on them.

The Barbecue People [Ha-Mangalistim] (DVD FOREIGN BAR)  86 min.  2005. 

An Iraqi Jewish family celebrates Israel’s 40th Independence Day around the picnic barbeque. Stories of the family intersect in encounters that lead to the Mediterranean port city of Ashod, where the family comes to terms with its past and looks to the future. Suspenseful and entertaining, this was nominated for 11 Israeli Film Academy Awards.

Beaufort (DVD FOREIGN BEA)  126 min.  2007.  

A young group of Israeli soldiers must try to survive until they are pulled out of Lebanon, and protect a fortress that is sacred to Israelis and Arabs alike.

Berlin Jerusalem (DVD FOREIGN BER)  In multiple languages with English captions.  85 min.  1989. 

This drama of Israel's birth focuses on two women: Ella Lasker-Schuler, a German poet; and Tania Shohat, a Russian revolutionary. They meet in Berlin, where utopian ideas and fear of the Nazis force their escape to Palestine. Re-united in Jerusalem, they confront a harsh reality in the city idealized in their dreams.

Birth of a Golem [Naissance d’un Golem] (DVD FOREIGN BIR)  In French, English, and Hebrew, with English captions.  60 min.  1990. 

Amos Gitai’s dreamlike film “notebook” stars Annie Lennox of The Eurythmics in an exploration of the Golem myth. The myth of the clay statue that comes to life is a platform for a parable about filmmaking and creativity.

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi [Ha-Kochavim Shel Shlomi] (DV D FOREIGN BON)  94 min.  2004. 

Sixteen-year-old Shlomi lives with his mother, his soldier brother, and his grandfather. Although not doing well in school, Shlomi is a gifted cook and takes care of most household chores. His school’s principal finds out that Shlomi is actually a genius and tries to get him into a more challenging course of study. However, he prefers to take care of his family and pursue the beautiful girl next door.

Brave Detective Schwartz (DVD FOREIGN BRA)  In Hebrew with English and Hebrew captions.  95 min.  2005. 

Kahana, a banker, suspects his wife is having an affair with the devious Dr. Lux. He hires the notorious Detective Schwartz to catch the cheating couple, but it is not going to be easy. Will Dr. Lux bamboozle everyone and win Kahana’s wife as well? This comedy is the winner of 3 Israeli Film Academy Awards.

Broken Wings [Knafayim Shvurot] (DVD FOREIGN BRO)  84 min.  2002.  

An Israeli mother wrestles with her own grief and that of her four children while working two jobs to keep her family together after the death of her husband. Winner of 9 Israeli Film Academy Awards.

Bruriah (DVD FOREIGN BRU)  89 min.  2008. 

Bruriah and her husband Rabbi Meir lived in the 2nd century C.E., at which time the Rabbis declared "women are light-minded". Bruriah, a most learned and intelligent woman, mocked their statement. This story infiltrates and creates turmoil in the life of a religious, Jerusalem family in 2008. The heroine of the film, who also bears the name Bruriah, struggles with childhood trauma: a life of excommunication which was forced on her following the publication of her father's book on the same subject. Bruriah goes in search of the one copy of the book which may have survived.



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