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    A list of all films and interactive documentaries selected for IDFA throughout the years.

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    Abu Jamil Street

    • Monchovet Alexis, Stephane Marchetti
    • 2010
    • 52 min
    • Panorama

    Four jolly young Palestinain men at work digging underground tunnels from the Gaza Strip to Egypt.

    Anaphase, the Film

    • Levi Zini
    • 1996
    • 50 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    Since 1990 choreographer Ohad Naharin is the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, which resulted in a successful international tour with the play Anaphase. By integrating dance, theatre, (rock) music and film in short fast scenes this choreography exceeds the limits of dance. ANAPHASE ? THE FILM is not a documentary about this piece nor a registration of the performance, but a translation of the choreography to the film medium, making the film an autonomous artistic creation. The images in the film stem from three sources: live performances in the theatre, dancing scenes which were performed especially for the film, and rehearsals. Filmmaker Levi Zini aimed at a visual and auditive form that does justice to the thematic and sensual richness of the piece. The movements and the rhythm of the film offer the audience an overwhelming experience.

    Another Road Home

    • Danae Elon
    • 2004
    • 78 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Israeli filmmaker confronts herself, her parents and her former Palestinian male babysitter with loads of questions concerning their shared motherland.

    Arna's Children

    • Juliano Mer Khamis, Danniel Danniel
    • 2003
    • 84 min
    • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

    Arna set up a children's theatre in Jenin, years later her son Juliano goes back to find the children.


    • Anat Even, Ada Ushpiz
    • 2001
    • 73 min
    • Regular program: Reflecting Images

    In the centre of Hebron, three Palestinian widows and their eleven children live in absurd conditions. Since 1997, their house has been located exactly on the border: the front falls under Israeli command, the Palestinian authorities rule the back. There is an Israeli military post on the roof and the stairwell also teems with soldiers. The women are not allowed to cross the border, so they are prisoners in their own home. One of the three, who became a widow when she was only twenty-four, explains how in the meantime she has become ‘sick of life’. She has to clean the mess the soldiers leave behind, the neighbourhood spreads gossip about her and she has to raise her children all by herself – something that no longer gives her any pleasure whatsoever, she says with bewildering candour. She feels ‘buried, broken within, wounded.’

    Baba Luba

    • Julie Shles
    • 1995
    • 77 min

    Dani Bassin is a popular singer in Israel. Baba luba follows him on his journey back to Brazil, his native country, 36 years after his father left him and his mother there. Since he was four years old Bassin has not heard a thing from him. When Bassin and the film crew arrive in Brazil they have very few leads concerning his father's whereabouts, they do not even know whether he is still alive. They undertake a real search, which has been captured on film with the suspense of a detective story. Bassin discovers a police file on his father and he finds out that his father has twice remarried. He meets family members of whom he never knew they even existed. Finally he meets his father. Director Julie Shles has managed to register both the exciting and dramatic episodes of the trip, as well as the moments of despair and agitation. This also makes the film a universal study of the ideas about fatherhood and family ties and the search for love that every human undertakes.


    • Ibtisam Mara'ana
    • 2005
    • 55 min
    • IDFA Competition for Mid-Length Documentary

    A critical, unadorned and candid observation of badal, an Arab practise of arranged marriage in which two members of one family marry two members of another.

    Before My Feet Touch the Ground

    • Daphni Leef
    • 2017
    • 77 min
    • Panorama

    A young Israeli named Daphni looks back on the time she went from a naive demonstrator to the figurehead of a national protest movement.

    Biglal hamilhama hahe

    • Orna Ben-Dor Niv
    • 1988
    • 93 min

    A few years ago a new rock band swept the youth off its feet, creating a new wave in Israeli rock. Benzin's soloist was Yehuda Poliker, a warm powerful figure. The man who discovered Poliker and his band was Ya'acov Gilad. Even after Benzin broke up, Gilad and Poliker continued to work together - writing, composing and producing records and performances. Poliker is of greek origins, from a simple, warm family from a small town. Gilad, from the big city, absorbed culture from early childhood from his mother, the writer and poet, Halina. Halina was ten years old when the Germans conquered Warsaw. As a little child she went through the horrors of the Holocaust. She was sent to the gas chambers, but was saved at the last moment. She lost everybody at the concentration camps. Yehuda's father, Jaco, was sent from Saloniki to an extermination camp. His pregnant wife and two year old son were torn from him and murdered. Both Jaco and Halina came to Israel after the war and built new families. Yehuda and Ya'acov grew up with their parents memories. They expressed the horrors in their music. In the film Orna Ben-Dor Niv portrays the two families haunted by the memories that are passed on the second generation, their sons. The film includes songs from Poliker and Gilad's new album Dust and Ashes.

    Bikuro shel sadat be Israel 1977

    • Micha Shagrir
    • 1978
    • 52 min

    A documentary film chronicling Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's historic 44 hour visit to Jerusalem in November 1977. By focusing on the emotional aspects of the visit, the film vividly presents the joy and hope of the Israeli people that this visit may signify a serious movement toward a peaceful settlement in the Middle East. One journal has described welcome to Jerusalem as a "feast for the eyes … with the viewer feeling as if he had been there." According to Variety Magazine " … there's no question that welcome to jerusalem … is the result of intelligent film-making, even if largely ad hoc, whose key features include a broad perspective of history relayed in a warm, story-telling form.