ROUND TRIP

A married bus driver and mother of two who lives in Kiryat Shmona (Northern Israel), feels she can no longer get on with her life and is not willing to easily accept the traditional roles society expects her to fulfill. Rebelling conventions and leaving behind her husband, she tries to make a new life for herself, with the help of Mushidi, a foreigner immigrant from Nigeria. The film was directed by Shahar Rozen and produced by Micha Shagrir as part of the “Movies from Here” project in 2004.

2000-2009, immigration, production

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Days of Mamilla

The story of one street that embraces both meeting points as well as tension points between the past and present. Until the end of the 19th Century, the Mammilla neighborhood was a dirt path that connected between the Old City and the Muslim cemetery. At the end of that century, the neighborhood had become one of the first outside of the Walls and was to serve as a bridge between the Old and the new cities of Jerusalem. The neighborhood evolved into a lively commercial district where both Jews and Arabs traded. When the Israeli War for Independence broke out, the neighborhood became a no-man’s-land between Israel and Jordan. After the Six Day War, and the Israeli takeover of East Jerusalem, the law of repossession took sway in Mammilla, which was now a neighborhood in the heart of the city. The neighborhood was designated for demolition and overhaul. Tensions arose between new immigrants and older residents of the neighborhood. These older tenants were mostly Jews from Arab countries and they came up against the forces for change who saw the area as unwell and in decline. They wanted to see an evacuation of the former residents in order to expand and rebuild. Along with that they want to believe that Mammilla will not change as a bridge between past and present.

1970-1979, production

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Christmas in Bethlehem

With musical accompaniment only, this film brings images from Bethlehem as it celebrates Christmas, and from the Mass at the Church of Nativity. (Israel Film Service Synopsis)

1970-1979, production

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This Week, 25 Years Ago

An extensive series of 35 chapters, covering events preceding and following the declaration of the State of Israel. Archival material and interviews relate the important stories of the time – from the vantage point of twenty-five years later. (From The Israel Film Service Website)
Episode 31: 12 minutes June 1948, the last of the British evacuate Haifa Port, IDF soldiers swear allegiance to the State of Israel, Transferring of Col. Mickey (David) Marcus’ coffin.
Episode 32: 14 minutes July 1948, evacuation of Kfar Darom, end of the first truce, arms import, Count Folke Bernadotte’s attempts to end hostilities, Cyprus detainees attempt to come to Israel despite immigration restrictions.
Episode 33: 24 minutes July 1948, Battles of the Ten Days, Operation Brosh, Operation Dekel, Operation Danny, Operation Kedem, The battles for the Iraq Suidan police station.
Episode 34: 16 minutes July 1948, Attempt to conquer the Old City of Jerusalem by means of operation “Kedem”, the failed operation “Death to the Invader” in the Negev.
Episode 35: 14 minutes July 1948, Operation GYS to open a route to the Negev fails, debates regarding the position of Jerusalem, the first military parade, the foreign “Mahal“ and “Gahal” units of the Israeli army.

1970-1979, production

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The Knesset (1965)

A promotional film that presents the legislative body and all of its various roles. We learn about the authority and work process of the Knesset, as well as the various committees and the history of the building

1960-1969, production, writing

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Life in the Periphary

The lives of Israeli citizens who live on the periphery of the country along the Jordan Valley. Terrorist who cross over from Jordan often break the quiet of the area.

1960-1969, director

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Ammunition Hill – Take 3

July 1967. The Six-Day War is over. The Israel Defence Force recruits its reservists for a huge production, to reconstruct the victory in front of the cameras of the Israel Film Service July 2001. Micha Shagrir, a military correspondent in the days of the Six Day War, is sent by the Israel Film Service to Ammunition Hill to examine the twists and turns of the Israeli national memory and its presence in the young generation at the start of the 21st century.

(from Israel Film Service website)

2000-2009, director

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Golani

A collection of Golani Brigade operations in 1972 – combat training, authentic war footage, and also moments from the everyday lives of the soldiers (male and female).

1970-1979, production

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The Path of Sorrow

The via de la Rosa was the last road on which Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion. It is also a site to where thousands of pilgrims from around the world have flocked to for thousands of years. This film is a spiritual journey that takes us through all 14 of the stops along the path that Jesus took.

1990-1999, production

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The Other Promised Land

In 1905, the Zionist Congress sent a delegation to Eastern Africa to examine the possibility of implementing an initiative that Herzl himself put forth – to establish a Jewish state in Africa. Among the members of this delegation was the Israeli engineer Nahum Wilbush who documented the journey in his diary, which he wrote in Hebrew. With the exquisite views of Eastern Africa as the background, this film embarks on a journey tracing entries from the Wilbush diary. And following the original route of the delegation, the film meets Jews and Israelis who have visited this area and continue to inhabit it to this day.

1990-1999, director, production

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Stromboli, Take 2

A small volcanic island sticks out of the Mediterranean Sea; this is the Island of Stromboli. This film follows the personal voyage of filmmaker Micha Shagrir. In 1950, Roberto Rossellini filmed his apocalyptic film here, starring Ingrid Bergman who would become his wife. In that film the volcano takes out its vengeance at the inhabitants of the town ruining their homes and burning their fields. In life, not like in the film, the residents of Stromboli return to the island and rebuild their lives despite the daily danger of another eruption. Shagrir was curious to see how people live in the shadow of a volcano that could erupt at any moment. Does this remind us a bit of our lives here in Israel…?

2000-2009, director, production

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Kinneret’s Secrets

This series focuses on a mute girl named Kinneret (played by Hadar Rosenbach) who lives on the Moshava Kinneret and who tries, throughout the series, to uncover mysteries having to do with the death of her father who was killed in an accident abroad.

1990-1999, production

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Emissary Named Zimna

In 1955, twelve Ethiopian children were secretly brought to Israel. They were taken to the Kfar Batya boarding school in order to train them as future leaders and emissaries to the Beta-Israel community back in Ethiopia. They learned Hebrew, Israeli culture and history. One of these children was Zimna Brahano. At the time, the religious establishment in Israel was opposed to bringing “the Falasha” to Israel and did not recognize them as Jews. Zimna and his classmates returned to Ethiopia, but many of them immigrated to Israel during the 1960’s, including Zimna himself who joined the IDF and volunteered for the paratroopers. Upon his discharge he was sent to Ethiopia, and under the cover as an engineer for the Israeli governmental engineering company, collected information about Jews who had escaped the civil war to Sudan. He took part in most of the major efforts to bring the Jews of Ethiopia to Israel and to locating those who remained behind. In 1993 Micha Shagrir accompanied Zimna to the Ethiopian-Sudanese border to look for Jews. Using Zimna’s life as a backdrop, along with the long history of Jews in Ethiopia, this film takes a look at Zimna the man, as well as his important work with the Ethiopian community.

1990-1999, immigration, director, production

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Between Harar and Goree: Tamar Golan – African Pages

The story of the legendary journalist, Tamar Golan, who was the Israeli newspaper Maariv correspondent in Africa. She mainly resided in the Ivory Coast and Gura was one of the main locations from which Africans were kidnapped as slaves for America. The film mentions many African countries where Tamar spent time during her many years on the continent. The film examines the socio-economic situation in these places. In addition, Tamar’s own story is also told. Since the death of her husband, when they were both in Ethiopia and he was only 28 years old, Tamar only wears white clothing, as that is the color of mourning in Africa. In the film, Tamar travels back to Harare for the first time, to visit the school where she and her husband taught and the hotel where they lived.

1990-1999, production, writing

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An Evening in his Memory, Febuary 2016

An evening in memory of Micha Shagrir a year after his death took place at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on February 25, 2016, under the auspices of the Austrian Embassy in Israel. Filmmakers, supporters, family and friends filled the auditorium as we launched the Shagrir Collection website. For the first time, the audience got a peek at the website and some of the highlights of the collection, which have undergone preservation and digitalization. In addition, the evening also included interviews with key figures from the world of Israeli cinema who were filmed especially for this event talking about Micha and what he meant to them

2010-2016

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A Sonnet for Yuda

A Visual and Cinematic Tribute to the Poems of Yehuda Amichai
A Sonnet for Yuda attempts to translate into a visual and cinematic language a few of the poems of Yehuda Amichai, one of Israel’s most prominent poets, who died in 2000. Several filmmakers joined together for this project, creating their own interpretation of Amichai’s poems, using various genres: fiction, documentary, video art, video dance and so on. Each film is like a poem in film, which creates a living, surprising and condensed contact between the poem and the viewers.
Yoni Zigler, ‘Rain on the Battlefield’ (4:58)
Sharona Berger, ‘Songs to Myself’ (4:34)
Doron Solomons, ‘I’m Tired’ (2:20)
Emanuela Amichai & Amnon Winer, ‘Love Song’ (6:40)
‘The Month of Elul in Ein Kerem’, courtesy of Mika Karni and Helicon (4:20)
Lina & Slava Chaplin, ‘Like Our Bodies Imprint’ (3:40)
Tomer Heiman, ‘Songs for a Woman’ (4:03)
Regev Contes, ‘The Model’ (5:42)
Avi Dabach, ‘Young David’ (4:48)
Zohar Behrendt, ‘Hour Glass’ (6:00)
Hadara Levin-Aredi, Jonathan Bar-Giora, ‘Now, when the waters are pressing mightily’ (5:53)
Michal Klein and Asaf Shafir, ‘Life’s Verdict’ (9:49)
Yehuda Amichai, ‘Mayor’ (0:35)
All works accept the last one (1991) produced in 2005.
(From The Israeli Center for Digital Art Website)

2000-2009, production

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A Lion in Spring – Conversations with Lova Eliav

Six conversations with Arieh Lova Eliav which relate to the variety of his activities over almost seven decades. Each episode is an hour of intimate conversation between Eliav and a different person connected to his life’s work. The guests range from author Eli Amir to politician Shulamit Aloni and the head of the IDF Benny Ganz. Eliav and his guest go through the various stations of his life as the most Zionist person in Israel – they visit Beit Berl and Nitzana, they go to the illegal immigrant camp in Atlit and stop by various important projects that he initiated. Archival footage from his life is interwoven.This series is a cultural document that salutes the important work of Lova Eliav over the year, and beyond that also touches on central topics such as education, closing the pay gap and instilling contemporary Zionist values. Eliav, who was a man of both the Hagana and the Aliya, is a man of education and democracy. He is a politician and a man who works for human rights. He was also a writer and a recipient of the Israeli prize. He passed away on May 30, 2010 in Tel Aviv.

This series is a cultural document that salutes the important work of Lova Eliav over the year, and beyond that also touches on central topics such as education, closing the pay gap and instilling contemporary Zionist values.

2000-2009, production

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The Hungarian Cube – A Journey With Andre Hajdu

Israel Prize winner, composer Andre Hajdu, is a multi-faceted man. Just like the Hungarian Rubric’s cube where a new color is revealed when you turn it at different angles, so is Hajdu’s complex and rich biography.
Throughout his life, Andre positioned himself as an outsider and has been able to use those contradictions as a tool for growth and a well for inspiration. He combines an uncompromising Orthodox religious life with a bold avant-garde artistic expression. This is a choice that often puts him in an awkward position in the religious world in which he lives as well as in the circles of composers and academics amongst whom he works.
The choice to live as he does creates identity issues for his six sons – and none of them has chosen to continue on his unique path. Some of them have chosen a completely secular life-style, while others live religious Orthodox lives – all the while keeping a safe distance from their father’s dangerous fires of creativity.
In THE HUNGARIAN CUBE we are presented with the complex portrait of Andre Hajdu. We get to know his work, his circuitous life-path, along with his sons and his wife Ruth, a convert to Judaism, who allows him to soar.

2010-2016, production

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S.Y. Agnon

An expose that documents and discovers the private world of author S.Y. Agnon (1887-1970) whose works still resonate until this day. The revival includes many visual productions that continue to establish and preserve his importance in Israeli culture. His daily routine over one week is documented here, along with endless conversations with the film’s directors. The film facilitates an understanding of Agnon’s charm and unique character, even to audiences who do not know the man and his works. (Jerusalem Cinematheque Program)

1960-1969, director, production

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Strudel in Hummus

On a street corner in central Jerusalem stand two of the oldest and best-known restaurants in the city: “Pinati,” one of the best-known humus joints in Israel, open since 1975; and “Fink,” a German influenced bar-restaurant that has been in operation since 1923. In between the two establishments is a lottery stand where Galina works. Each place is a world unto itself, and despite the many years of working side by side, the only things they share are gas balloons, a wall and the exhaust of passing buses.

(From The Jerusalem Cinematheque Website)

2000-2009, production

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Avanti Popolo

June 11th 1967, the Six-Day War is over and the cease fire has just begun. We follow the journey of Gassan and Haled, two Egyptian soldiers whose only wish is to make their way through the Sinai desert and safely reach the Suez Canal. Thus begins a comical, almost surrealistic saga during which they meet various groups of people across the desert, including Israeli soldiers on patrol and a pushy news reporter.

The trailer was edited by the film’s original editor, Zohar Sela.

1980-1989, production

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Bischofstrasse, Linz

Filmmaker Micha Shagrir, whose original name was Schwager, was born in Linz, Upper Austria on November 1st 1937, only four months before the Anschluss-the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. Shagrir’s great-grandfather settled in the city at the end of the 18th century and built his home on Bishop Street; Bischofstrasse. The family opened a sweets factory that continued to produce candy and to sweeten lives even after World War II. At the beginning of the twentieth century, another family also settled on the same street, the family of Adolph Eichmann…

2000-2009, director, production

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Scouting Patrol

Israeli intelligence officers go out on a dangerous mission to kidnap a well-known terrorist leader in the hope of breaking the spirits of the terrorists themselves. Four go on the mission, led by Commander Eli. They succeed in getting to the senior terrorist and capturing him, but are exposed and must retreat quickly. A navigational mistake, along with fire from the Arab side, leads them further off course. Things get complicated when their dangerous captive is able to put his hands on one of his guards weapons.

1960-1969, director, production

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The War after the War

This film was made a few months after the Six Day War ended, and, as the War of Attrition was underway, the film exposes a different reality than that which was reflected in the euphoria of the period. Using both real-time shots together with archival material and newsreels, the film tells the story of the period –with the war in the Jordan Valley on one side while discos and beauty pageants are on the other. Gallabiyahs and humus in Jerusalem.

1960-1969, director, production

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Just Like the Queen of England

A French boy, street-smart and charismatic, is left to fend for himself after the Nazi Occupation of Paris leaves him without his mother. The 69 years that came after were an emotional journey that is only now being truly examined. Layer by layer, the past and present of David Bergman unfolds into a dramatic story of longing and strength. From the Paris of his childhood to the kibbutz of his youth, from the national stage to his private studio, Bergman travels with filmmaker Micha Shagrir in this starkly intimate film, showing an unshakable and unforgettable emotional tenderness.

2010-2016, director, production

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Tour de Finaly

Grenoble, France, late-1943. Dr. Fritz and Annie Finaly handed over their children – two-and-a-half year old Robert and eighteen-month-old Gerald – into the guardianship of a neighbor. In February 1944, Fritz and Annie were arrested by Gestapo agents and never seen again. Records show they were killed in Auschwitz. Robert and Gerald were later sent to the local abbot, who placed them in the Catholic Church orphanage in Grenoble. At the end of the war, a relative requested that the children be returned to her, but her request and those of other family members, were ignored. Robert and Gerald were formally baptized. The following years saw a fierce, long and exhausting battle to return the children to Judaism and their family in Israel.
In the autumn of 2006, the Finaly brothers confront their past for the first time, in the Grenoble courtyard of the Catholic orphanage. 64-year-old Gad is now a Kiryat Haim pensioner, and 66-year-old Robert is a senior physician at the Soroka Hospital in Beersheba.
The film “Tour de Finaly” recounts the journey of Robert and Gad Finaly – now adults with children and grandchildren of their own – to the geographical milestones of their childhood. The film winds between France, Israel, Italy and Austria, incorporating rare archival footage. It brings the brothers together with the people who participated in the struggle over their rescue and identity – attempting to portray their story from a contemporary point-of-view.

(Synopsis from IBA website)

2000-2009, director, production

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Eye Witness – 60 Years

Israel, as envisioned through the lens of the internationally acclaimed photographer David Rubinger, the laureate of the Israeli Award for Photography. Rubinger began his career in 1947 and has since documented famous leaders and exciting characters, witnessing the dramatic events that occurred in Israel over the past 60 years. In the film, Rubinger travels back to the places and people he photographed over the years, providing viewers with a deeper knowledge of contemporary Israeli reality. Rubinger’s pictures reflect his own biography, professional views and experiences. Above all his iconographic images mark milestones of Israeli history expressing the joys, sorrows, dreams and visions of Israel.

2000-2009, director, production

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Diary of an Egyptian Soldier

“A film based on a diary that was found on the body of an Egyptian soldier who was killed by the Israelis during the “”Yom Kippur”” war (1973). The film also documents the voyage to Alexandria, Egypt, and an emotional meeting with the soldier’s family in order to return the diary. In addition, the film also presents excerpts from the dead soldier’s diary that provide a glimpse to his most personal thoughts, dreams and aspirations. This is a touching story that shows life’s beauty which is abruptly cut by war and death.

(From Rome Independent FF Website)”


1970-1979, director, production

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Burnt

A series of 18 short films based on still photographs, mostly portraits, taken by photographer Micha Bar-Am during the Yom Kippur War. The series focuses on the soldiers’ images that were “burnt” in the stills and unfolds the personal stories behind them.

2000-2009, director, production

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His Excellency

An Israeli ambassador to a Scandinavian country whose capital is the city of Bjornborg has two fears. One is his employers at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and his wife. The latter is of more importance.

2000-2009, production

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the battle over army post “LITUF”

סיפורם של חיילי מוצב “ליטוף” שלחוף תעלת סואץ, שלוחמי נלחמו בגבורה במלחמת יום הכיפורים, מעטים מול רבים, עד שנפלו בשבי המצרי.
בסרט ראיונות עם משפחות הנופלים וצילומי השבויים החוזרים מהשבי.

1960-1969

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