Israeli Film festival CANCELLATION

In light of current events and President Stanley’s letter, we have just decided to cancel the Israeli Film Festival scheduled for March 15-16. 


15th ANNUAL MSU ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL Sunday-Monday March 15-16th

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and professor Yael Katzir will introduce and lead a discussion of each film.

SUNDAY MARCH 15th| Wells Hall B-122| 1:00-3:15

Ma’abarot  (2019) Documentary

Director: Dina Zvi Riklisv  Israel.

Language:  Hebrew

Ma’abarot is the first documentary project to tell the story of the Israeli transit camps. The transit camps were a controversial enterprise, housing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from different parts of the world and transitioning them into becoming part of Israeli society – a process with mixed, and sometimes traumatic, results that continue to shape Israeli culture and politics today. The film features rare archival materials and testimonies of former residents. 

SUNDAY MARCH 15th| Wells Hall B-122| 3:30-5:45

Tel Aviv On Fire (2019) Comedy/Drama/Romance

Director: Sameh Zoabi

Israel.  Languages:  Arabic, Hebrew

Salam, a young Palestinian man, becomes a writer for a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli check point commander. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end. Salam is caught in the middle.

A sharp, insightful story about the power of storytelling itself, in the context of competing narratives of conflict and peace.

Venice Film Festival, Best Actor: Kais Nashif; Ophir Award (Israeli Academy Awards) Best Original Screenplay.



5:45 pm: Complimentary dinner for festival attendees, catered by Woody’s Oasis Mediterranean Deli, after Tel Aviv On Fire



SUNDAY MARCH 15th| Wells Hall B-122| 6:30-9:00

The Spy– 2 Episodes (2019) Drama/History

Director: Gideon Raff and Max Perry

Languages:  English

The Spy is a miniseries based on the life of Eli Cohen, Israel’s top Mossad spy, who is portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen (no relation).  Eli Cohen became part of an Israeli spy network in Egypt, which was subsequently uncovered. He fled to Israel in 1956.  In 1960, facing an increasingly tense border situation with Syria, Israeli intelligence recruited him to make connections and gather information in Syria. The Spy depicts Cohen’s transformation into a Mossad operative in this daring tale of espionage.

MONDAY MARCH 16th| Wells Hall B-119| 7:00-8:45

The Albanian Code  (2019)

Documentary by Yael Katzir

Albania. Languages: Albanian, Hebrew, English

The Albanian Code is a documentary feature about the little-known saga of the thousands of Jewish refugees saved in Albania during WWII, due to the courage and humanity of the Albanian people–mostly Muslims. Most of the rescuers are no longer living, therefore it is urgent to document for posterity both saviors and saved and to leave a legacy for future generations.  Premiered in Albania in the presence of the President. Screened in Paris at the Memorial de la Shoah and in Manhattan at the JCC.