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The Gatekeepers

| 2012 | 97 min. | |

Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions….

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SUMMER INSTITUTE FILM SERIES: Melting Away

| 2012 | 86 min. | |
A Film by Doron Eran

Please contact ONLY the Summer Institute for tickets: http://mvsummerinstitute.com/films_calendar.html “Melting Away” is a first in the history of Israeli cinema: a feature film about parents coping with their transgendered child. The creation of director Doron Eran and his partner, screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe, this film was conceived after the deadly attack on…

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Hava Nagila

| 2012 | 75 min. | |
A Film by Roberta Grossman

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ENCORE SHOWING Sold out  July 7th, Brought Back July 23! “Hava Nagila” is to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. And that’s only the beginning. This award-winning film from director Roberta…

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Fill the Void – introduced by Kate Feiffer

| 2012 | 90 min. | |
A Film by Rama Burshtein

“Fill the Void,” the most successful independent Israeli film to be released in the past decade, tells the story of 18-year-old Shira, youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hassidic family, who is about to be married off to a promising young man of similar age and background. When her older sister dies giving…

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Music and Film Festival: DANCING IN JAFFA

| 2013 | 90 minutes | |
Hilla Medalia
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Although set in Israel, our film is ultimately about one man’s hopeful endeavor to shift the paradigm and stop the hate. More than anything, we hope that Dancing in Jaffa can help transcend geographic and cultural boundaries by raising awareness of the challenges involved in dealing with hatred, while also proving that change is always…

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Summer Institute Film Series: Hanna’s Journey

, | 2013 | 100 mins | | ,
Julia von Heinz

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Hanna’s Journey is a romantic comedy that does not avoid the sensitive issues of history and race. It uses honesty, humor, and compassion to make this journey one that every film lover will be glad they experienced. (English, German, and Hebrew with subtitles) Hanna is a beautiful young German woman traveling to Israel…

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MVIFF: HUNTING ELEPHANTS

| 2013 | 107 minutes | | ,
Reshef Levi

Sunday September 07, 2014, 2pm
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Three elderly men and grandson Yonatan find themselves stuck together in a Jerusalem nursing home. The kid is a genius, but stammers and is bullied at school. Yonatan’s grandfather, Eliahu, whom he had never met, is a former member of the Lehi (pre-State Jewish underground), and a cold person. Eliahu’s best friend…