Message from organizers:
We are thrilled to be back for the 7th annual Montreal Israel Film Festival. Once again, the films to be screened in this year’s Festival offer us a glimpse into the reality of Israel and its people – a view quite different from that so often portrayed by the media.
This year’s program consists of an exceptional selection of carefully selected documentaries as well as a wide variety of acclaimed full-length feature films. Just like its feature film industry over the last decade, the Israeli documentary industry is just now reaching great new heights, illustrating that life in Israel comes from varied, uncommon and interesting angles. Israel’s documentaries truly provide a virtual and fascinating mosaic! This year, in addition to evening screenings, we are pleased to present, for the first time, Sunday morning screenings and afternoon screenings, as well as the Festival’s Saturday evening Opening Night.
We are happy to host very talented, leading Israeli filmmakers at this year’s Festival. Eran Riklis, the acclaimed director of “Lemon Tree” and “The Syrian Bride”, this year introduces us to “The Human Resources Manager”. Tomer Heymann, one of Israel’s most renowned documentary directors, presents his work “I Shot My Love” (in the presence of Andreas Merk, featured in the film) and “Bridge over the Wadi”. Finally, we are proud to welcome Dr. Raz Somech, the central focus (we say hero) of the celebrated “Precious Life”, the Festival’s featured Opening Night presentation. To accommodate this extensive program, the Festival has moved to new venues: downtown to Théatre Corona & Concordia University, while our West Island program will take place at Guzzo Mega-Plex Côte Vertu.
Israeli cinema deals with complex and relevant issues – so much like the country itself. These qualities ensure this year’s Montreal Israel Film Festival, as in years past, will captivate its audiences.
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Apparently they both have careers that are taking them in different directions… Oh well, lets wish them well!
During the week of May 16th the UN Committee on NGO’s will consider making the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation an official UN organization. Save a Child’s Heart is Israel’s largest humanitarian organization and has saved the lives of more than 2600 children from more than 42 countries around the world and has treated 1000’s more. Additionally, SACH organizes medical missions to developing countries and trains physicians from those countries. The entire SACH medical team completely volunteers its time and services.
Live from Düsseldorf, Germany, the second Semi-Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
Participants from the following 19 countries take part: Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ukraine.
What to expect from Israel:
Get ready for an emotional roller coaster. 39 minutes that will make you laugh, cry and maybe even think. The film follows 3 students attending a school situated in Tel Aviv that is like no other in Israel, or perhaps in the world.
The stories of Johannes from Ethiopia, Esther from South Africa and Mohammed from Darfur give you a glimpse into the life of refugees and children of foreign workers in Israel. It’s a story about students from 48 countries coming from diverse backgrounds and speaking different languages who come together as one.
This documentary does a great job in bringing out what I love about Israelis – their willingness to help and care for others, even if they are ‘strangers’. There is a reason they call Israelis “Sabra” (prickly pear) they are thick and rough on the outside, yet sensitive and sweet on the inside.
Let me end this with a quote from the movie:
Until you get a chance to, check out the trailer