Apples and Oranges

Apples and Oranges, a new documentary, looks back with nostalgia at an era when young idealists from around the world flocked to Israel to participate in its great experiment of communal living. Volunteering became a profitable business, but led to unanticipated outcomes – drugs, alcohol, and marriage with non-Jewish volunteers. The war in Lebanon and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict forced the volunteers to face a new question – does supporting the Kibbutz mean supporting the state of Israel? 

Available: March 1-7
Length: 80 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Yoav Brill
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Hebrew and English, with English subtitles

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Deep Blue

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While mourning the death of his wife, Zvi tries to operate the washing machine without success. 

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 11 mins
Genre: Drama??
Director: Itamar Schwartz
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Languages: English, Hebrew and Yiddish, with English subtitles

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Dolphin Boy

Dolphin Boy tells the story of Morad, a teenager from an Arab village in the north of Israel who disconnects himself from humans following a violent attack. As a last resort before hospitalization in a mental institution, he is taken by his devoted father to be treated with dolphins in the Red Sea. Morad starts speaking again after months of silence but wants to erase his past and refuses to go back home.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 72 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Director: Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir
Country: Israel
Year: 2011
Language: Hebrew and Arabic, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Anne & Hal Eisenberg


Greener Pastures

Dov, a 79-year-old widower, lives in a nursing home where he feels like he’s in jail. He dreams of buying back his old house and returning to live there, but he has no money since losing his pension, for which he blames the state. When he realizes that everyone in the nursing home consumes state-sponsored medical cannabis, he finds his way out.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Assaf Abiri, Matan Guggenheim
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Sharon and Michael Rogoff

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Grossman

“I learned something about my writing since my son, Uri, was killed – there’s one way we’re able to comprehend the slightest inkling of what exists beyond the impenetrable wall of death, the feeling of nonexistence. And yet, to feel the vastness of what it means to be alive alongside it – through writing. That is what I search for in my writing, to exist in both places, for just a brief moment.” David Grossman shares these honest, private, and intimate insights on camera, and exposes the delicate and complex connection between his novels and his personal life. The film follows Grossman up close and takes the viewers on a personal journey into the soul and work of an exceptional human being.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 54 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Adi Arbel
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Hebrew, English, with English subtitles

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Little Victories

The story of Tamar and Michal, two Tel-Avivian mothers and members of a catch ball team, and of “Coach Moodie”, a charismatic and somewhat odd man, who is determined to release them from their net of daily battles and make them fall in love with a completely different net. Moodie is convinced that they can handle everything, and they start to believe him. As training becomes more intense and the team starts to win, life summons them both trials and challenges: Tamar is trying to cope with being a widow, Michal is fighting cancer, and they learn that if they want to become real players, on the court and in life, the most important thing is to keep playing.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 57 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Woman Directors
Director: Michal Warshai Arluk
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles

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Moon Drops

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A talented factory worker tired of his dead-end job, assembles an enigmatic machine that produces miracle liquid drops extracted from the Moon shine. The bottled drops are a hard sell at the town market. But all changes when their surprising effect is revealed. This interesting movie is a fairy-tale like love story made without dialogue.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 16 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Director: Yoram Ever-Hadani
Country: Israel, Serbia
Year: 2018
Languages: None

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On The Map

On the Map tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, On the Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amid domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.

– “Fascinating” – LA Times
– “This compelling sports tale seems bound for a Hollywood dramatization.” – The Hollywood Reporter
– “Wonderful and little-known story.” – Film Journal
– “A feel-good Cinderella story” – LA Weekly
– “Sports movie at its best” – The Wall Street Journal

Available: March 8-14
Length: 85 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dani Menkin
Country: USA, Israel
Year: 2016
Language: English, Hebrew, with English subtitles


Plan A

In 1945, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors develop a plan to poison the water system in Nuremberg, Germany. Based on actual events, this film tells the story of a dangerous and bold secret operation that the plotters called “Plan A”.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 109 minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz
Country: Germany, Israel
Year: 2021
Language: English

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film Plan A, courtesy of the Austin Jewish Film Festival.

Senior Moments

In this funny, witty, bold, and revealing film, the creators of Oldies document intimate meetings with ten resilient elderly folks surviving old age with a vengeance. Senior Moments cohesively samples a cultural variety of personalities in modern-day Israel and provides an inspiring outlook on what it means to be old today.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 50 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Women Directors
Director: Tamar Kay, Yair Agmon
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, English, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region