2015 Brooklyn Israel Film Festival: January 22, 24 and 25

On January 22, 24 and 25, the Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue marks its 11th anniversary presenting some of the most exciting new films coming out of Israel.  The 2015 Festival features three nights of award-winning, thought-provoking films and discussions with film experts plus an opening night reception.

Tickets are $18.00 for Thursday’s opening night, and $15.00 each for Saturday and Sunday nights. Tickets purchased on-line will be available at the Will Call desk. Tickets are non-refundable.

Thursday, January 22nd at 8:00 PM

Do You Believe in Love?

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Tova claims she has made more than 550 matches, and you’ll believe it when you meet her in this surprising documentary. A paraplegic, crippled with muscular dystrophy, she nevertheless conducts a successful matchmaking business, taking a tough-love approach and specializing in finding matches for people with disabilities. Directed by Dan Wasserman (50 min). Post-screening Q & A with the director.
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Saturday, January 24th at 8:00 PM

Hanna’s Journey

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A German business student heads to the Holy Land with selfish motives, volunteering with a Holocaust survivor and with the mentally disabled to burnish her resume. She slowly becomes more interested in both German and her own family history, not to mention the Israeli man who sets her on a path of self-discovery while indulging his fascination with Germany. Directed by Julia von Heinz (100 mins). Post-screening Q & A with the director.
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Sunday, January 25th at 7:00 PM

The Green Prince

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How did the son of a top Hamas leader become an Israeli Spy? This documentary about the relationship between one of Israel’s most prized informants and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him is a gripping story of intrigue, betrayal and friendship. Directed by Nadav Schirman (95 min).
Sundance Film Festival – Audience Award: World Cinema: Documentary
“The Green Prince is such an extraordinary story that one is tempted to think it is fiction, if only somebody had the audacity to invent it. A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grows up angry and ready to fight Israel. Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he’s interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, and sent to prison. But shocked by Hamas’s ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization’s escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel. For him, there is no greater shame. For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: “operating” the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas. Based on Yousef’s memoir, Son of Hamas, The Green Prince is a story of two men, spy and handler, whom history insists must be adversaries. That they could reach a point of trust or friendship seems absurd. Embroidering a tangled web of intrigue, terror, and betrayal, Nadav Schirman builds superb tension throughout a surprisingly emotional journey. Ultimately, The Green Prince is less about political struggle than personal coming-to-terms with responsibility and moral duty.” -J.N.
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Brooklyn Israel Film Festival, 2015




The festival is held at Kane Street Synagogue at 236 Kane Street off of Court Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

For the latest information, go to facebook.com/brooklynIFF or this webpage.

 

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