Chicago Premiere!

Sunday | November 6 | 10:30 am (Part 1) | 12:15 pm (Part 2)
Hosted by Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership

Documentaries. 2015. 73 min. each. Directed by Noit Geva. In Hebrew with English subtitles. Whether you are new to Israeli cinema, or have been following its upward, internationally award-winning trajectory, you will have a front row seat to the art of filmmaking and Israel’s societal evolution. Part 1: “Three Fathers” examines foundational filmmakers Ephraim Kishon, Uri Zohar and Menahem Golan, and goes behind the scenes of classic films like Sallah Shabati (pictured). “Part 2: Next Generation” features contemporary filmmakers like Dover Koshashvili (Late Marriage), Eytan Fox (The Bubble) and much more. The program includes exemplary film clips and interviews with many top-tier Israeli producers, directors and stars, including Gila Almagor, Avi Nesher and the late Ronit Elkabetz.

Q&A with Israeli film legend Gila Almagor after Part 2

Actress, author and humanitarian Gila Almagor has starred in dozens of plays and over 40 of Israel’s most memorable films—The House on Chelouche Street (1973), Summer of Aviya (1988), Life According to Agfa (1992) and Passover Fever (1995) among them. A recipient of Life Achievement Awards from the Jerusalem Film Festival and the Israeli Academy of Cinema, Ms. Almagor has also served on the city council of Tel Aviv-Yafo and established a foundation to help kids with terminal diseases. She was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize in 2004.

Hagiga: The History of Israeli Cinema, Parts 1 & 2