Millions of babies around the world are being born thanks to technological innovations that allow sperm from Israel and an egg from South Africa to meet in the womb of a Thai surrogate and become a child raised by an American family. Will natural forms of impregnation soon become a relic of a time when we didn't know how to have perfect babies?
This intimate report from Israel's periphery tells the story of a troupe of dancers from one of Ashdod’s poorest neighborhoods. Immigrants from the former Soviet Union, they overcome the difficulties, challenges, and crises that life imposes, and cling to their dream of attending and winning the International Breakdance Championship.
Thy Father's Chair
Shraga and Avraham are identical twins who have neglected their Brooklyn home to the point that it has become a dark den, infested with vermin. Then a lively cleaning crew comes in to help them to reluctantly take their lives back.
Joe Feingold, 91, is a Holocaust survivor who arrived in the U.S. after World War II. It is hard for him to play the violin, which has been with him almost his entire life, so he decides to donate. It ends up with Brianna, 12, who who insists on meeting him. As the two of them discover, music creates a deep personal bond between them.
The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev
Tajikistan’s answer to the Jackson Family. A modern-day Shakespearean tale about a famous Tajik musical family, controlled by their charismatic patriarch-grandfather - Papa Alaev.
Sashka is a sweet 13-year-old boy, who was born and raised in Sderot. When a new military operation breaks out near his home, he is forced to relocate to a boarding school. It is the beginning of his sudden coming of age, an accelerated and sobering experience.
Dancing for You
Vilde wants to win the national championship, dancing a Norwegian folk dance traditionally reserved for men. She spends hours training in the breathtaking landscapes surrounding her village, hoping that her exuberance and determination will encourage her grandfather to overcome his illness.
At 68, Izak learns he has a brother he never knew about. Izak takes his newly discovered brother to meet Aida their mother. As part of the discoveries about the family, the film uncovers the story of the Displaced Persons camps- the vibrant and often wild social life that flourished immediately after WW2.
A poor town in Florida is preparing for the high school prom. Excitement runs high. The bling, the hairdos, frilly gowns, and makeup make it possible to forget the poverty and squalor. For one night of the year they can pretend that Hollywood is here.
A Syrian Love Story
“You can’t be Che Guevara and a mother,” Amer tells Raghda, but maybe she can't do it any other way. After years of struggle, life without her homeland and the revolution has no meaning for her. It is hard to determine what is more demanding in this bold film: the revolution, or the search for inner peace.
Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes
Is the love between siblings a myth? "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes" is a personal quest to understand the relationship between brothers and sisters and the impact it has over their lifetimes. Each of the participants in this film brings childhood photographs that enable an insightful - if painful - glimpse at the relationship between siblings in a family.
A Crime Called Man
This film tells the story of playwright Hanoch Levin by visiting the key moments in his life and meeting with the people closest to him: his three wives, four children, and siblings. The complex personality of an artist committed first and foremost to his work is expressed in each of these complicated relationship, so brimming with love.
Rahel, the daughter of a Swiss bishop, is coping with a difficult pregnancy in Israel. One of the identical twins she is carrying has died in utero, and now poses an almost certain threat to its sibling. The doctors are unequivocal about it. They tell Rahel that she should abort the surviving fetus and end her pregnancy.
Three Italian Jewish brothers set off on a journey through Tuscany, in search of a cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. Their quest, full of humor, food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth, both of which really, truly happened.
The World Cup in Brazil is a chance for a father and son (director Sergio Oksman) to meet again, after twenty years of estrangement, and take part in the passionate emotions sweeping over their homeland. This is a film that revolves around soccer, even though it doesn't show a single soccer field.
The Mute's House
There is a house in Hebron, abandoned by its Palestinian residents. Known as “the Mute’s House,” only Sahar, a deaf woman, still lives there, together with her eight-year-old son, Yousef. This film captures the remarkable story of two people living in the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as told from Yousef’s point of view.
For ten years, director Aslaug Holm recorded the lives of her two young sons, Markus and Lukas. Initially she wanted to capture intimate little moments before they slipped away. Instead, she found herself contending with much deeper questions. This is a delicate, thought-provoking coming-of-age film, in which breathtaking cinematography captures heartwarming moments of tenderness.