Israeli Film Festival

Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival

July 9-13, 2017

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The Second Annual Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival explores Israeli society through fascinating, humorous, inspiring, and controversial Israeli feature films and documentaries. $10 per film, $45 for a Festival Pass good for all six films!

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Sunday, July 9 |  4 pm

Abulele

Abulele

Abulele

Feature; family-friendly.
A boy struggles at home and at school with bullies after his brother is killed. When he befriends and shelters a mythical creature, it helps him outsmart his tormentors and overcome his grief. Appropriate for children able to read subtitles.

Awards

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2016

General Information

Israel, 2015 | Fiction, 96 minutes
Director: Jonathan Geva
Producers: Yoni Paran, Eitan Mansuri
Production companies: Dori Media Paran, Spiro Films

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On Sunday, meals from the J-Café will be available for purchase between the film screenings.

Sunday, July 9  |  7 pm

My Hero Brother

My Hero Brother

My Hero Brother

Documentary. The remarkable story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas, accompanied by their siblings. As they deal with physical and emotional challenges, conflicts surface and friendships develop.

Awards

Best Documentary and Audience Choice, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2017

General Information

Israel, 2016 | Adventure, 78 minutes
Director: Yonatan Nir | Writers: Tali Goldenberg, Yonatan Nir
Producers: Yonatan Nir, Enosh Cassel, Itamar Peleg
Production company: Hey Jude Productions

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Monday, July 10  |  7 pm

The Women's Balcony

The Women's Balcony

The Women’s Balcony

Feature.
The collapse of the “women’s balcony” during services at an Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem, combined with the arrival of a strict new rabbi who preaches rigid gender roles, leads to a rift within the community. This good-hearted tale has women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

Awards

New York Times Critics’ Pick
L.A. Times Critics’ Pick
Audience Award, New Jersey Jewish Film Festival, 2017

General Information

Israel, 2016 | Comedy/drama, 96 minutes
Director: Emil Ben-Shimon | Screenwriter: Shlomit Nehama
Producers: Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Talia Kleinhendler
Production company: Pie Films

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Tuesday, July 11  |  7 pm

Hummus

Hummus

Hummus

Documentary.
Three Israelis from very different backgrounds (a Muslim woman, a Christian Arab, and a Jewish man) are brought together by their love for a common dietary staple: hummus.

Special Events

6:30 pm — Pre-screening reception with Israeli wine and hummus (dietary laws observed)

8:30 pm — Q&A with Moran Birman, Israeli Consul for Public Diplomacy to the Midwest

Awards

Best Foreign Feature Documentary, International Monthly Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016

General Information

Israel, 2015 | Food, 72 minutes
Writer/director: Oren Rosenfeld
Producers: Michal Lee Sapir, Raphael Shore, Mitch Julis, Harry Ploss, Oren Rosenfeld
Distributor: Menemsha Films

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Wednesday, July 12  |  7 pm

Bar Bahar (In Between)

Bar Bahar (In Between)

Bar Bahar (In Between)

Feature. Ages 16+.
Three Arab-Israeli women living in an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between traditional and modern culture. Director Maysaloun Hamoud says she set out to “shake the system,” which she certainly does in this film that features drugs, alcohol, sex and sexuality.

“Excellent film; one of the best I’ve seen in the past few years. Make sure to watch it!” -George Deek, Arab-Israeli diplomat

Awards

Best Debut Feature Film and Artistic Achievement in an Israeli Feature Film, Haifa International Film Festival, 2016
Best Film, TVE Otra Mirada Award, and Youth Jury Award, San Sebastian International Film Festival, 2016
NETPAC Award, Toronto International Film Festival, 2016

General Information

Israel, 2016 | Drama, 96 minutes
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Producers: Efrat Bigger, Sandrine Brauer, Tony Copti, Shlomi Elkabetz
Production company: Deux Beaux Garcons

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Thursday, July 13  |  7 pm

On the Map

On the Map

On the Map

(Sponsored by John and Diane Abrams)

Documentary.
This inspiring film tells the story of the 1977 Maccabi Tel-Aviv basketball team, which defeated a feared Soviet Union squad on its way to claiming Israel’s first ever European Cup title.

Special Event

8:30 pm — Kenny Barlow, former Maccabi Tel-Aviv basketball player, will be interviewed by Dr. John Abrams

Awards

Audience Choice Award, Houston Jewish Film Festival, 2017
Audience Favorite Award, Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival in Cincinnati, 2017
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Denver Jewish Film Festival, 2017
Audience Award for Best Documentary and Audience Choice Award, Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2017
Audience Award for Best Documentary, JCC Rochester International Jewish Film Festival, 2016
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, 2016
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2016
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, 2016

General Information

Israel, 2016 | Sports, 85 minutes
Writer/Director: Dani Menkin
Producers: Dani Menkin, Jon Weinbach, Ori Eisen, Nancy Spielberg, Roberta Grossman, July Hodara
Production company: Hey Jude Productions

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ON THE MAP – English Trailer from Dani Menkin on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 19  |  7 pm

My Hero Brother

My Hero Brother

My Hero Brother

Documentary. The remarkable story of a group of young people with Down syndrome who embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas, accompanied by their siblings. As they deal with physical and emotional challenges, conflicts surface and friendships develop.

Awards

Best Documentary and Audience Choice, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 2017

General Information

Israel, 2016 | Adventure, 78 minutes
Director: Yonatan Nir | Writers: Tali Goldenberg, Yonatan Nir
Producers: Yonatan Nir, Enosh Cassel, Itamar Peleg
Production company: Hey Jude Productions

Purchase Your Tickets at the a membership desk, by calling 317-251-9467 or at the door. $10 general admission.

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