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DOCAVIV - THE TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

May 23 - June 1, 2024

Director: Itamar Alkalay

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DOCAVIV - THE TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

May 23 - June 1, 2024

Director: Itamar Alkalay

Best-selling

Water Tower Murder

The murder investigation of an engineer in Tel Aviv in 1937 exposes an international Nazi spy network

Agent of Happiness

He was sent by the Bhutanese government to gauge its citizens’ happiness—but will he find his own?

Wake Up, Grandson — Letters to my Rebellious Rabbi

The duel between Rabbi Avraham Heller, savior of Safed in 1948 war and his grandson Renen Schorr

High & Low: John Galliano

John Galliano recounts his downfall from celebrated haute couture designer to international persona non grata

The Prosecution

Precedent-setting documentation of the prosecution’s work on serious crime cases in Jerusalem

Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story

A gorgeous and delightfully wholesome film about an unlikely bond between a lonely man and a friendly otter

Anselm

Anselm Kiefer’s giant art installations come to life in Wim Wenders' mesmerizing and immersive film

Nesher

After half a century of creating extraordinary films, Avi Nesher is the one who is in front of of the camera.

E.1027 – Eileen Gray and the House by the Sea

A masterful doc about a villa-turned-modernist-monument and the dramatic power struggle that surrounded it

Israeli

Look, Soon You Won’t See Anything

Every morning Baruch walks to his architects office, despite suffering from dementia and losing his clarity.

Full Support

In a bra store fitting room, women's lifelong relations with their breasts, from size A to KK, are uncovered.

Thai—Land

An aging farmer and his Thai workers try to survive in the lowest place on Earth

The Shepherd’s Keeper

Bedouin shepherd communities living in the Jordan Valley have to deal with a variety of pressures and threats

Hostages

A look at previously undisclosed dilemmas from hostage and prisoner release deals in Israel’s history

Water Tower Murder

The murder investigation of an engineer in Tel Aviv in 1937 exposes an international Nazi spy network

Rabbi Capoeira

The surprising story of a one-of-a-kind studio for capoeira and hip-hop, located in the heart of Bnei Brak

King of Sephardim

An intimate, exclusive portrait of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Acre Wall Jumpers

During the hot summer days in Acre, a tradition connects the generations - jumping from the old city walls

Colleyville

The story of four hostages held by a gunman in an antisemitic terror attack in Colleyville, Texas.

The Water Front

A group of young activists fight to gain access to a public river that is being denied by Kibbutz Nir David

Francesca

A ballet dancer kills an SS officer in the gas chambers in Auschwitz. How did we not know about this?

The Last Righteous Man

How did a family of rabbis from Morocco become the most important Rabbinical-Sephardic family in Israel?

Sapir

Sapir is the first transgender to become a professional league soccer referee in the world

Under a Blue Sun

Under a blue Sun is about the imaginaries projected onto the surface of the Negev desert land

Award Winners

The Commandant’s Shadow

Father and son face mother and daughter to talk openly about being on opposite sides of a horrific history

Black Snow

The thrilling story of a Siberian housewife whose environmental whistleblowing turns her life into a nightmare

Ramin

A poetic journey of a former boxer to his memories on the background of the magical landscapes of Georgia

Marching in the Dark

Amidst an agricultural crisis in India, a widow finds her inner strength and the power of female solidarity

Frida

The story of an iconic artist comes to life through rare archival footage, animation, and her own words

The Gullspång Miracle

Swedish sisters May and Kari go apartment hunting and unwittingly open a Pandora's box of family secrets

Monogamia

Is there a way to keep the spark in a long time monogamous relationship?

In the Rearview

On the road from Ukraine to Poland, refugees in the back seat talk openly about survival and displacement

Maya and the Wave

Inspiring surfer Maya Gabeira achieves a double victory: over huge waves and the sexism in her sport

Ricardo and Painting

Seen through the eyes and brush of painter Ricardo Cavallo, the world is a bottomless fount of inspiration

Wilding

An English couple let nature do its thing on the land they’d inherited, and nature most certainly delivered

The First Days

Life on a rocky beach at the edge of Chile's desert—a freestyle doc about a place and its odd ways

Menus—Plaisirs—Les Troisgros

An opulent ode to the flavors, colors, language, and plating artistry of a Michelin-starred family restaurant

Vista Mare

In this eye-opening visual study, careful observation of an Italian resort reveals what the tourists never see

Favoriten

A heartwarming look at one class and one unforgettable teacher in a primary school in Vienna

Arts and Culture

Look, Soon You Won’t See Anything

Every morning Baruch walks to his architects office, despite suffering from dementia and losing his clarity.

Francesca

A ballet dancer kills an SS officer in the gas chambers in Auschwitz. How did we not know about this?

Frida

The story of an iconic artist comes to life through rare archival footage, animation, and her own words

Omar & Cedric: If This Ever Gets Weird

A loud, bare-all wild ride into the lives of two musicians who went full blast in their music and friendship

Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn

An exciting music bio-doc that reveals the legacy of a talented composer overshadowed by her brother

The Stones & Brian Jones

Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones became a star overnight, which was not at all what he had wanted

Wake Up, Grandson — Letters to my Rebellious Rabbi

The duel between Rabbi Avraham Heller, savior of Safed in 1948 war and his grandson Renen Schorr

Catching Fire: The Story of Anita Pallenberg

Sex, cocaine, and the Rolling Stones—Anita Pallenberg survived the '60s to talk about life in glamour’s shadow

Ricardo and Painting

Seen through the eyes and brush of painter Ricardo Cavallo, the world is a bottomless fount of inspiration

Diary of an Illness

The film traces Jacqueline Kahanoff's "Diary of an Illness," portraying her confrontation with cancer.

A Photographic Memory

A daring journalist’s nostalgic and compelling portrait, pieced together by her daughter, who never knew her

Bubblegum Memory

The actress Dalia Friedland revisits memories in her final role of a lifetime

Viva Varda!

The rich personal archive of Agnès Varda, the anarchist sorceress of French cinema, opens for the first time

High & Low: John Galliano

John Galliano recounts his downfall from celebrated haute couture designer to international persona non grata

Baldiga

Provocative, extravagant, all in, all the time—the photographer who blazed fast and hard through 1980s Berlin

The optimists

Full Support

In a bra store fitting room, women's lifelong relations with their breasts, from size A to KK, are uncovered.

Rabbi Capoeira

The surprising story of a one-of-a-kind studio for capoeira and hip-hop, located in the heart of Bnei Brak

Acre Wall Jumpers

During the hot summer days in Acre, a tradition connects the generations - jumping from the old city walls

Sapir

Sapir is the first transgender to become a professional league soccer referee in the world

Monogamia

Is there a way to keep the spark in a long time monogamous relationship?

Ricardo and Painting

Seen through the eyes and brush of painter Ricardo Cavallo, the world is a bottomless fount of inspiration

Wilding

An English couple let nature do its thing on the land they’d inherited, and nature most certainly delivered

Menus—Plaisirs—Les Troisgros

An opulent ode to the flavors, colors, language, and plating artistry of a Michelin-starred family restaurant

Viva Varda!

The rich personal archive of Agnès Varda, the anarchist sorceress of French cinema, opens for the first time

Favoriten

A heartwarming look at one class and one unforgettable teacher in a primary school in Vienna

Bottle. Sea. Love.

Rami, who has cognitive disabilities, is determined to get closer through music to his brother, the Maestro

Boyz

An intimate glimpse into the minds of 18-year-olds: sex, careers, and fears of what lies ahead

Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story

A gorgeous and delightfully wholesome film about an unlikely bond between a lonely man and a friendly otter

April in France

A curious, clever little girl discovers the complexity of life on a summer holiday in a scenic French village

Across the Universe

Black Snow

The thrilling story of a Siberian housewife whose environmental whistleblowing turns her life into a nightmare

Republic

An observational trip into a psychedelic universe created by a passionate Chinese youth in his 6 m² apartment

Marching in the Dark

Amidst an agricultural crisis in India, a widow finds her inner strength and the power of female solidarity

Silent Trees

A brave Kurdish girl’s moving coming-of-age story, set against the backdrop of the refugee crisis in Europe

Agent of Happiness

He was sent by the Bhutanese government to gauge its citizens’ happiness—but will he find his own?

Maya and the Wave

Inspiring surfer Maya Gabeira achieves a double victory: over huge waves and the sexism in her sport

Fly

This dizzyingly fast-paced doc explores the love of danger shared by couples addicted to BASE jumping

The First Days

Life on a rocky beach at the edge of Chile's desert—a freestyle doc about a place and its odd ways

Menus—Plaisirs—Les Troisgros

An opulent ode to the flavors, colors, language, and plating artistry of a Michelin-starred family restaurant

Where We Used To Sleep

A striking, sensitive telling of a human story in a Romanian village that’s slowly sinking into muddy water

The Medallion

As a teenager, her life was upended; now, her story leads her daughter to a dark chapter in Ethiopia’s history

Daughter of Genghis

After devoting her life to her nation's future, a single mother from Mongolia sets out to save her own

Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story

A gorgeous and delightfully wholesome film about an unlikely bond between a lonely man and a friendly otter

April in France

A curious, clever little girl discovers the complexity of life on a summer holiday in a scenic French village

14 Paintings

Paintings and the places they are displayed tell a story about capitalism, creativity, and social constraints