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Fathom and the renaissance in Israeli Cinema / 27 April / 2015

Israel is enjoying a remarkable film renaissance with films such as Waltz with Bashir, Footnote, Fill the Void, Bethlehem, and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem gaining critical acclaim and a global audience. And the last 15 years have also seen a stream of brilliant and technically-innovative Israeli documentaries such as The Gatekeepers. Every issue Fathom offers a critical review of this exciting development in Israeli arts, as you can see below.

 

Our Voice of the Week is Norman Finkelstein’s critique of the BDS movement. He was interviewed at Imperial College London, 9 February 2012.

 

Our Image of the Week is Kayane Antreassian practicing on her guitar at her home in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City ahead of a remembrance event as the community marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on 21 April 2015. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90

Film Review: Dancing Arabs

by Gabriel Noah Brahm

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A review of Dancing Arabs (Aravim Rokdim) by Eran Riklis (Director) and Sayed Kashua (screenwriter). The critically acclaimed 1996 film, Lone Star, directed by the celebrated leftist American filmmaker, John Sayles, ends with a surprising revelation. Indicating just how intimate (incestuous even) Mexican and Anglo-American identities have become in the Southwest region of the United States, a man and a woman (played by co-stars Elizabeth Peņa and Chris Cooper) discover that they share more in common than they’d ever imagined....
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East meets West in film
by Yair Raveh

It is not only in politics and the street that Israel’s ethnic tensions surface. Our film reviewer Yair Raveh explores representations of Ashkanazi and Sephardic...
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Film Review: Bethlehem vs. Omar
by Yair Raveh

The media pitted one against the other. It was indeed a catchy story: two films from two sides of the border telling a rather similar...
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The Making of Within the Eye of the Storm: an interview with Bassam Aramin, Rami Elhanan and Shelley Hermon
by Alan Johnson

Bassam Aramin and Rami Elhanan, a Palestinian and Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed. Yet each one of them came...
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Letting the right one in: the rise of the Israeli horror film
by Yair Raveh

This has got to be the most surprising, and thrilling, of all trends to have ever emerged in Israeli cinema: the rise of the horror...
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Israeli cinema: gay but not queer
by Yair Raveh

Israeli cinema has been more mainstream and gay than subversive and queer. But that may be about to change. We begin this piece with some...
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The Making of The Gatekeepers: an interview with Dror Moreh
by Dror Moreh

Dror Moreh is the director of the Academy Award nominated Israeli documentary The Gatekeepers, a rare insight into the Shin Bet (Israel’s domestic secret service...
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Israel reinvents the documentary
by Yair Raveh

The Gatekeepers is a masterpiece in a landmark year for Israeli documentaries. The last fifteen years have seen a stream of brilliant Israeli documentaries on...
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Films of faith
by Yair Raveh

2012 will be remembered as the year in which Israeli movies finally found God. It's not often a film critic gets the chance to identify...
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