Israeli Reflections on the Middle East Conflict

BRIDGE OVER THE WADI
(Gesher al Havadi)

Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann
Israel 2006 | 57 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Barak Heymann

In Sep­tem­ber 2004, in Kara vil­lage, the first Jewish-Arab school locat­ed within an Arab vil­lage, has opened. 100 chil­dren, half Arab and half Jewish, study at this school. The school gives equal rep­re­sen­ta­tion to both lan­guages, reli­gions and cul­tures. For a year and a half the film­mak­er fol­lowed close­ly the par­ents, who were able to estab­lish this school despite all the dif­fi­cul­ties on the way. What seemed like an impos­si­ble mis­sion, given the social and polit­i­cal atmos­phere in Israel since the rising of the second Intifa­da and the Octo­ber 2000 events, has soon become an opti­mistic real­i­ty that brings hope during hard times for both Arabs and Jews. How­ev­er, the ten­sion and dis­agree­ment did not dis­ap­pear the day the school opened. On the con­trary; every day poses new chal­lenges to the teach­ers, par­ents and chil­dren. Every­one relat­ed to this school goes through a deep and mean­ing­ful process which is at the core of this movie. The school serves as a crit­i­cal turn­ing point for each and every­one of the char­ac­ters we follow. They find them­selves having to deal with basic exis­ten­tial thoughts that do not per­tain strict­ly to the Arab-Jewish con­flict, but also to con­flicts about male vs. female, reli­gious vs. sec­u­lar, par­ents vs. chil­dren, and more. 

KVISHTHE ROAD

Nadav Lapid
Israel 2004 | 17 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Sebastian Cabot
A couple make love in a car some­where in the Israeli desert on a narrow and wind­ing road, not far from a mon­u­ment. Just a year ago on the same … read more

LAYLA AFELDARK NIGHT

Leon Prudovsky
Israel 2005 | 30 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Sebastian Cabot
Two Israeli sol­diers escape an attack in the Pales­tin­ian ter­ri­to­ries. They hide at the home of a couple of Arabs, who they take hostage. Unex­pect­ed­ly, they find some­thing in common. 

MIKDAMOTPRELIMINARIES

Anat Even
Israel 2005 | 40 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
The voice of this film is that of the Israeli author S. Yizhar, who reads the first few chap­ters of his auto­bi­og­ra­phy ”Mik­damot” (”Pre­lim­i­nar­ies” or ”Pref­aces” in Hebrew). Direc­tor Anat … read more

NEWS FROM HOME

Amos Gitai
Israel 2006 | 97 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Aban­doned by its Pales­tin­ian owner in the 1948 war; req­ui­si­tioned by the Israeli gov­ern­ment as vacant; rented to Jewish Alger­ian immi­grants in 1956; pur­chased by a uni­ver­si­ty pro­fes­sor who under­takes … read more