Israeli Film Festival Schedule

12th Annual Israeli Film Festival

June 4 – June 14, 2015
7:00 PM • River Building Theatre
RB2200, 43 Campus Ave. Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr.
All movies are in Hebrew, subtitled in English


$13 General Admission
$9 Seniors, Students, SJCC and CFI Members
Tickets available at the door. Cash only.


Underground parking is available at the River Building, & at nearby Lot P-2B:
Weekdays after 5:00 pm: $7 flat
Weekends: $3 flat

Dancing Arabs

Thursday, June 4 • 7:00 pm

Director: Eran Riklis • Drama 2014 • 105 min
Opening Night remarks by Israeli Ambassador to Canada His Excellency Rafael Barak, Sara Vered and Executive Director of the Canadian Film Institute Tom McSorley.

Eyad, a gifted boy from an Arab village, attends a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem. Although the liberal, left-leaning students and staff are nice, the language in which he learns, and the curriculum he studies, are from a different culture and perspective. He can never forget that he is an outsider. Eyad develops a close friendship with Jonathan, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, and is embraced as a member of his family, but his romance with classmate Naomi emphasizes the barriers he faces in Jewish society.

Apples from the Desert

Sunday, June 7 • 7:00 pm 
Director: Matti Harari, Arik Lubetzki • Drama 2014 • 96 min

Rebecca, the only daughter of Orthodox Jewish parents is unhappy and begins to secretly explore the secular world where she meets Dubi, a young man from a kibbutz. Her strict father arranges a match with a widower with children. Her mother is appalled but dares not defy her husband. Rivka’s conflict with her family culminates in a moment of truth when she forces her parents to confront themselves and their ways.

Above and Beyond

Thursday, June 11 • 7:00 pm
Director: Roberta Grossman• Documentary 2014 • 87 min

Would you risk everything to help a brother in need? In 1948, three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal – “volunteers from abroad” – this band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride.

The Dove Flyer

Sunday, June 14 • 7:00 pm
Director: Nissim Dayan • Drama 2014 • 108 min

Kabi and his family face an uncertain future as do all Jews living in Baghdad. It’s 1950 and each member of Kabi’s circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Muslim quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel; Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu just wants to care for his adored doves. The Dove Flyer recalls a lost and treasured time, when almost 130,000 Jews lived in Iraq, using the almost-extinct language Judeo-Arabic.