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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 61 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
"That night I just remember running. No time to catch your breath, just running, because you want to be gone from the village before the sun comes up." -Avishai Mekonen, 400 MILES TO FREEDOM. In 1984, the Beta Israel, a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian mountains, fled a dictatorship and began a secret and dangerous journey of escape. Co-director Avishai Mekonen, then 10 years old, was among them. In this film, he breaks his 20-year silence about the brutal kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community's exodus out of Africa. This life-defining event launches an inquiry into identity, leading him to African, Asian and Latino Jews in Israel and the U.S. In Hebrew, English and Aramaic with English subtitles. “Shari Rothfarb and Avishai Mekonen explore the exodus of Jews from Ethiopia to Israel through the story of Mekonen’s personal experience. Recommended.” – Video Librarian

2. 5 broken cameras [2011]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 91 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Winner at the Sundance Film Festival, 5 broken cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. "I feel like the camera protects me, " he says, "but it's an illusion."

3. 9 star hotel [2007]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 78 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
This unflinching documentary follows Ahmed and Muhammad, two of the many Palestinians who illegally cross the border into the Israeli city of Modi'in in search of work. Together they share food, belongings and stories, and live under the constant threat of imprisonment from soldiers and police. With raw, handheld images, this disconcerting yet touching film documents friendship, nostalgia and the uncompromising urge to survive.

4. Ajami [2009]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 120 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Ajami is a bold crime drama set on the margins of an Arab ghetto. Working with a cast of non-actors in the real streets of Ajami itself, the film deftly meshes characters and conflicts with unsentimental compassion, uncompromising realism, and harrowing violence.
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 208 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Raphael Nadjari's extraordinary two-part documentary weaves together clips from more than 70 years of Israeli film with commentary from filmmakers, scholars and critics - including Amos Gitai, Joseph Cedar, Avi Mograbi, Yehuda Ne'eman, Menachem Golan, Moshe Ivgy, Ronit Elkabetz and Zeev Revach. Crafted for both insiders and outsiders, the film traces the evolution of the country's cinema alongside political and social history: part one spans the years 1933 to 1978, covering the overlap between the Zionist struggle to form a state and the propagandistic qualities of revolutionary cinema; part two, the shift to reality-based filmmaking in the late 70s, and the transition from the political films of the 80s to the more personal cinema of today. The most comprehensive and compelling record of the subject ever attempted, Nadjari's film reveals a cinematic national identity that is inextricably linked to the ever-changing emotional reality of the country.

6. My father my Lord [2007]

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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 72 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
The son of a respected elder in a cloistered Hasidic enclave unwittingly runs afoul of his father's strict religious doctrine when childhood life prompts questions outside the confines of tradition. A family holiday at the seashore brings the ideological rift to a dramatically tragic climax.