Israeli Documentary Thursdays
The Five Houses of Lea Goldberg
September 7, 10:30am – 12pm
She died 41 years ago, but even today Lea Goldberg is still an enigmatic figure – she is Israel’s most beloved poet, a powerful woman who lived with her mother and never married, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of WWI through her magical poetry. The film is a cinematic fantasy in five acts, using animation, special effects, archives, still photos, original music, and interviews that celebrate the fascinating story of Lea Goldberg.
Starring: Pierre Dulaine, Yvonne Marceau
In Hebrew with English subtitles
Dancing in Jaffa
September 14, 10:30am – 12pm
Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together.
Above & Beyond
September 28, 10:30am – 12pm
In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of ‘Machal’ (volunteers from abroad) this ragtag band of brothers turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth, and laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force.
October 19, 10:30am – 12pm
This alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict follows several Jewish and Palestinian children over a period of three years as they are put in contact with each other. From totally different backgrounds, these seven children tell their own story about growing up in Jerusalem. Through this portrait of their generation, we see how deeply rooted and almost insoluble the problems of the Middle East have become.
Munich ‘72 and Beyond
October 26, 10:30am – 12pm
During the second week of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, fear and worry had already been expressed by some over the safety of Israeli competitors. Then, on September 5, eight members of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Black September faction scaled the fence into the Olympic Village with assault rifles, pistols and grenades. Munich ’72 and Beyond tells the story of the Munich Massacre, where eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and subsequently executed. This striking documentary retells the story with personal interviews from those related to the murdered athletes, and documents the building of a memorial to the athletes 44 years after their deaths.