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Mustafa lives on the Palestinian-controlled side of the wall, and Salwa and their children on the Israeli side. One day he gets the call every parent dreads: his son has been in an accident and is in the hospital. He will do anything to reach his son, and after being denied access through the checkpoint on a technicality, Mustafa embarks upon a journey to cross the border illegally.
Three generations removed from the Holocaust, Yaar is a young Jewish Berliner desperate to leave the past behind him. Along with his friend Marcel, they develop a computer game set in 1940s Germany featuring a young Jewish girl based on Yaar’s grandmother Rina, and an SS officer inspired by Marcel’s ancestor, in which Jews can defend themselves and Nazis can act humanely. Yaar’s father is shocked, and the work opens up old family wounds.
The Return: Life After ISIS is a unique portrait of a group of Western women who pledged their lives to ISIS, but now want to return home to restart their lives.
When she was 12 years old, actress and filmmaker Maryam Zaree found out that she was one of a number of babies born inside Evin, Iran’s most notorious political prison.
Jewish Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel and her Palestinian colleagues have been working for decades representing their clients in an increasingly conservative Israel. To many, Lea is a traitor who defends the indefensible. For others, she's more than an attorney – she’s a true ally.
After spending more than a decade in prison for an attack on an Israeli settler, Ziad struggles to readjust to life in Ramallah, lost in a world he barely recognizes.
Within a constant political turmoil, Amal searches for her place, identity and sexuality in a patriarchal society.
This timely, coming of age story follows Ava, a teenage girl whose life is dictated by the constraints of her conservative, patriarchal community in Tehran.
For the past eight years Muhi, a young boy from Gaza, has been trapped in an Israeli hospital.