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Cockfight
While driving a truckful of chickens, Israeli Marciano and his Romanian worker are stopped at a Palestinian checkpoint. Nabil, the officer in charge of the checkpoint, is a former employee of Marciano who used to work in his chicken coop. It is a very hot summer day and Marciano is in a hurry to get to his destination. Tempers flare and the situation becomes explosive. As Marciano quickly learns, the price of peace is sometimes expensive.
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ISBN 1-56082-272-4

13 min., #267, Color,
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, VHS only, $34.95



Hitchhikers
On his way from Haifa to Tel Aviv, Yehezkel Schwartz picks up three hitchhikers- an Orthodox soldier, a free-spirited young woman and an Israeli Arab. As the trip progresses, the complicated personal lives of each of the four personalities unfolds. Each traveler is representative of different segments of Israeli society. The film, written by well-known Israeli satirist and talk show host Dudu Topaz, captures the essence of Israeli society today in a most poignant and humorous way. Not to be missed! Starring Gadi Yagil, Orli Perl, Amnon Fisher. Mature language. Directed by Asher Tlalim.
 

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ISBN 1-56082-236-8
47 min., #272, Color, 1998,
Hebrew w/English subtitles, DVD, $39.95

"Of interest to anyone concerned with contemporary Israeli society or in Arab-Israel relations. Highly recommended."
-Video Rating Guide



Longing
Michal, Oded and their daughter Shir appear to be an average young secular Tel Aviv family. Oded, a musician, is about to depart for a six month concert tour of the United States. Rather than accompany him, Michal has decided to move with Shir to the devoutly religious Mea Shearim neighborhood in Jerusalem, in an effort to return to her original roots. In the course of researching a book she was writing about Hasidism, she is drawn to the community that was abandoned by her mother years before. This powerful film focuses on one woman’s search for spiritual fulfillment, while at the same time highlighting one of the greatest rifts in modern day Israeli society -secularism vs. religion. A film by Amalia Margolin.
 
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ISBN 1-56082-232-5
50 min., #507, Color, 1998,
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, DVD, $39.95


The Road to Rabin Square
This highly controversial documentary was aired on Israeli television and stirred quite a sensation. It examines the volatile political climate that existed in Israeli society from the signing of the First Oslo Accords in September of 1993 up until the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Telephone interviews with Yigal Amir as well as first-hand interviews with his parents, Knesset members, nationalist and religious leaders, the late Prime Minister Rabin, Leah Rabin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many others contribute to our understanding of the extreme divisions within Israeli society that led up to the murder of the Prime Minister of Israel on that fateful Saturday night in November of 1995. A film by Michael Karpin.

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ISBN 1-56082-233-3
60 min., #506, Color,
Hebrew w/Eng. subtitles, DVD, $39.95


The State of Israel
What is the State of 50 years after its founding and to what extent has it met the aspirations of its founders? The program begins with a brief introductory film about the origins of Zionism, featuring Abba Eban and Ehud Olmert, the Mayor of Jerusalem. This is followed by a debate between the prominent writer David Grossman and the former Soviet dissident, now Trade Minister, Natan Sharansky. After opening statements, witnesses for each side are called to support their respective arguments. These include Amos Oz, Elie Wiesel, George Steiner, Shulamit Aloni, Rabbi David Hartman and Dr. Azmi Bishara. The program was filmed at the Tower of David before a live audience comprised of kibbutzniks, settlers, students, politically right and left, religious and secular, Jews and Arabs. Audience participation adds extra zest to this most exciting program.

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ISBN 1-56082-234-1
79 min., #292, Color, DVD, $39.95

 

LOOKING AT ISRAEL THROUGH DANCE


Hora Israel: We Are Here
The 'Anachnu Kan (We are Here)' Ensemble was founded in 1956 in Vilna (Vilnius) by Jewish musical artists. After being closed down by Soviet authorities in 1971, the troupe, with all of its eighty members- singers, dancers, musicians- emigrated to Israel. Having performed hundreds of times in Israel as well as abroad these last thirty years, we are treated to a lively and energetic program, fusing the old Eastern European culture with the dances and songs of today's Israel.
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ISBN 1-56082-263-5
60 min., #779, Color, DVD, $29.95



MESSIANISM

In The End Of Days 
Israel's victory in the Six Day War resulted in the reunification of Jerusalem. That dramatic event brought to the fore the messianic dreams and aspirations of the three major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There are many for whom the "messianic dream" is their sole raison d'etre. This film objectively examines the passions and the resulting struggles that ensue when theology comes face-to-face with the pragmatism that everyday living requires.
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ISBN 1-56082-189-2
 
52 min., #257, Color, DVD, $34.95


 

KIBBUTZ


Kibbutz 
 
This video examines how, faced by external challenges and influences, the kibbutz has evolved socially, economically and philosophically. No longer solely agricultural in nature, today's kibbutzim have become major exporters of technical and scientific know-how. In spite of these changes, kibbutzniks still strive to maintain their deeply rooted traditions. 
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ISBN 1-56082-156-6
 
26 min., #213, Color, DVD, $29.95
 
 


Kibbutz 2000 

A highly critical look at Kibbutz by the members themselves.  Made by Israel's kibbutz movement, this video struggles to come to some resolution of how the kibbutz must evolve in order to meet changing conditions. 
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ISBN 1-56082-048-9
 
30 min., #214, Color, DVD, $29.95

 
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