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‘Lebanon’ Succeeds Through Its Restrictions

Using only the inside of a tank as a setting, the film is a story about modern warfare generally as much as it is one about the 1982 Lebanon War specifically.

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CIFF 2010: ‘The Matchmaker’ (Avi Nesher, 2010)

At a time when many Israeli films are getting attention for displaying the harsh and ambiguous realities of war, The Matchmaker is an anomaly. The film is a sweet and heartwarming coming of age tale that paints Israel in warm tones without the help of rose-tinted glasses.

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Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World

A journalist enters the dystopian world of Franz Kafka in an attempt to journey to Gaza to study the local surf scene.

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‘Ajami’ Tells of the Struggle to Survive By Any Means Necessary

An unflinching human look at the struggle of Jews, Arab Muslims, and Arab Christians to live together in at least a fragile manner.

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‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’: A Child of Israel and the Children of Palestine

Reading narratives of the seemingly intractable Arab-Israeli conflict is like trying to follow the plot of a novel that has had every other page ripped out. Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness has fewer missing pages than most.

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4 Jan 2010 // 8:59 PM

Lemon Tree

While Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree pretends to look hard at political and cultural realities, sticky, juvenile symbolism turns pith to pulp.

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Soulico: Exotic on the Speaker

Deftly incorporates a multitude of rhythmic structures and vocal styles that are distinctly Middle Eastern, hip-hop, or, as the case may be, both.

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Esther Ofarim: Esther Ofarim in London

A noise that's so clean it's almost surreal.

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7 May 2009 // 7:00 AM

“Free press” and “the Arab world” are two phrases in direct opposition. Across most of the region, journalists go to jail if they criticize or

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Israeli cartoon mocks stereotypes, but not everyone’s laughing

JERUSALEM - Ahmed and Salim appear to be typical teenage brothers. They spend hours in front of their computer playing Wii and posting crude updates

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WASHINGTON - Before George Mitchell departed last week for the Middle East on his inaugural mission, America’s newest special envoy received a present via

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Jerusalem: City of Longing by Simon Goldhill

Goldhill has a talent for ironic juxtaposition and a keen grasp of the myth-making, sloganeering, and heedless self-interest that have polluted the debates over Jerusalem for many years.

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14 Aug 2007 // 3:25 AM

Hamas TV’s child star says she’s ready for martyrdom

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Saraa Barhoum picked at the buttons on her pink bellbottom jeans as she twisted on a chair inside the bustling new

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29 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Exit Wounds by Ruru Modan

That Modan pulls off this little parable without once invoking the Arab-Israeli conflict directly is even more impressive.

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12 Jul 2007 // 11:55 PM

TRAVELOGUE: An Israel that goes beyond the headlines

Whatever you imagine Israel to be, it probably isn’t this: Buttery local olive oil, hinting of spice, sampled on a breezy afternoon beneath a

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21 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Peacemaker

Succeed, and you'll win the Nobel Peace Prize. Fail, and the Middle East will once again be consumed by violence.

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CHICAGO - A tenure committee at DePaul University may weigh in Friday on a donnybrook that has been waged with a combination of learned footnotes

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24 Apr 2007 // 2:48 AM

JERUSALEM - When Ken Holtzman, a former star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and a prominent Jewish ballplayer, was offered the post of manager in

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19 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh

Bring together Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh (1949- ) and Israeli statesman Shimon Peres (1923-) and the first thought that occurs to any longtime observer of the Arab-Israeli conflict is: Get a room.

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Trembling Before G-d (2001) - PopMatters Film Review
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Handles uncomfortable material with bravery and tender force; it is utterly human and unrelenting in its challenges to assumptions.

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