Bus Station Blues
Ilil Alexander, Moshe Morad & Shula Spiegel / Israel
Tel Aviv’s central bus-station area is a fascinating micro-cosmos - the transient home of labor migrants from around the world, victims of humiliation and fear. Behind half-shuttered doors, in improvised semi-clandestine spaces, they create an isolated and protected world, home away from home, finding refuge in their homeland music. The film follows five characters that reveal their human, tragic and sometimes tragic-comic stories.
Osnat Hadid & Thaer Zuabi / Israel
Osnat Hadid, a Druze filmmaker, confronts her traditional family on the verge of her young brother's, Tharwat, draft to the Israeli defense forces (I.D.F). Through her family's turmoil she reveals for the first time the true story behind forcing the Druze to serve in the I.D.F.
Development grant from the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema & Television
Scavengers of Ankara:Fight for the Garbage
Alper Sen, Oktay Ynce & Emre Yalgin / Turkey
The struggle of a Kurdish boy, who is forced to migrate from his village and a Gyspy boy, who was ‘born into waste’. The struggle of these two characters and a warehouse owner, trying to unite the scavengers tell the story of those who have to gather their basic needs of survival from the wastes of the capital city of Turkey, Ankara.
Corine Shawi / Lebanon
Three young Lebanese women dwell in the nightlife.
The same ritual begins. Ephemeral moments, in the dialogue of their body language, relate them to strangers, to potential lovers. A director’s close hand-held camera embarks on a soul-searching exploration to find out why it is so complicated to encounter love in our world. Seduction is a song for the night.
Waiting for Heaven
Awatif Aljedaili & Mohammad Aljedaili / Palestine
Three generations in one Palestinian family in a tale of daily survival, hope and longing for the past and for a better future. The grandfather was forced to migrate from Jaffa in 1948 but still dreams of returning to his homeland. His son entangles in the day to day demands of sustaining a family in Gaza's chaotic reality; finally, the grandson concept of heaven is anywhere in the world but Gaza. Conflicts within the family reveal a complex and emotional depiction of the Palestinian faith in today's tragic circumstances could be drawn.
Pre-sale award "Yes Docu", Documentary Channel of YES-DBS in Israel
Production grant from the Jan Vrijman Fund (IDFA).
Countdown to Death
Levi Zini & Arik Bernstein / Israel
Countdown to Death presents the chilling events of the 1994 kidnapping of a 19-year-old Israeli soldier by members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Hamas. The group demanded the immediate release of their religious leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as well as other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the life of the abducted soldier.
Straight from the Belly
Wael Istanbuli & Lilach Gavish / Jordan & Israel
The 60 min. documentary 'Straight from the Belly' will expose the world of Israeli women belly dancers. The Eastern dance is their absolute love, but their feelings are ambivalent towards their audience which is defined by many Israelis as “enemy” – Palestinians, Jordanian, and Egyptians..
Through the relationship between Sammer, a Palestinian agent from the old city of Jerusalem; Sonia, an Israeli-French dancer; and Tamar, an Israeli dancer whose dream is to perform with Palestinian musicians, The film will deal with the delicate relationship between men and women on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The film is on a developing recourses stage. A small investment of money has been given by a Palestinian investor from the West Bank.
Sulukule my Love
Aysim Turkmen & Sibel Voskay / Turkey
While a band of gypsy musicians will welcome the guests of the “Istanbul, 2010 Cultural Capital of Europe” event, their 500 years old lively neighborhood, Sulukule, will be erased by bulldozers.
Forced to leave their quarters as they are watching the new rising luxury residences being bullied over their music filled neighborhood, how will the gypsies maintain their culture and heritage? How will they keep their Sulukule spirit?
Nazareth Cinema Lady
Nurit Jacobs Yinon / Israel
Safa Dabour, a religious Muslim from Nazareth, is struggling to fulfill her dream of establishing a cinematheque in Nazareth, the first and only one of its kind for the Arab population in Israel.
Safa's father and husband die while she is still a young mother to two small boys. She chooses to take charge of her own fate and freedom and establishes the Cinematheque in an old building donated many years ago by Frank Sinatra to the Arab and Jewish children of Nazareth as a sign of friendship and peace. It was all downhill from there.
A Film Unfinished
Yael Hersonski, Noemi Schrori & Itay Ken Tor / Israel
At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film was discovered intact in an East German archive. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May 1942, and labeled simply "Das Ghetto," this footage quickly became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto.
In 1998, another reel was discovered that radically complicated the scholarly interpretation of “Das Ghetto.” The footage, in which glimpses of the Nazi filmmakers can be seen when they accidentally step into each other's’ shots, makes clear the great extent to which the Reich’s propagandists staged the scenes in the unfinished film that came to be known as “Das Ghetto.”
A Film Unfinished presents the raw footage of the latter reel in its entirety, carefully noting fictionalized sequences (including a staged dinner party) falsely showing "the good life" enjoyed by Jewish urbanites. We also glimpse the filmmakers forcing some of the more prosperous Jewish inhabitants to ignore the corpses lying in the streets.Without forcing any conclusions about what the object of the propaganda film, director Yael Hersonski offers insight into how what we believe to be definitive and historical is not always what it appears to be.