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Seventeen-year-old Naama is thoroughly bored with her overbearing family and uneventful suburban school days. That is until bleached-blonde bad girl Dana shows up with her flirtatious smile and a bag of weed. But while Naama is both partying hard and falling hard for Dana, her sister goes missing, and the whole family is deeply rattled. Blush is a portrait of modern Israel through the eyes of the youth who are pushing the boundaries. —Alexis Whitman
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 8:50 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 8:55 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 8:20 PM
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Class Divide
One-hundred-fifteen steps is all that separates a public housing complex from a private school for Manhattan’s elite. Class Divide shines a light on people who live a stone’s throw apart but inhabit completely different worlds. Despite grim statistics about poverty, the film is imbued with optimism as it shares stories from both sides of the street and finds common ground in the hopes and dreams of young people and their families. —Stephanie Rapp
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 6:40 PM
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Disturbing The Peace
This inspiring documentary finds a spirit of compassion and empathy in an unexpected place: among combatants from both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian divide. Israeli soldiers and Palestinian fighters come together to form Combatants for Peace, a nonviolent group that uses dialogue, theater and art to try to end the conflict. Disturbing the Peace doesn’t shy away from harsh realities and, somehow, still leaves you inspired. —Tamar Fox Director Stephen Apkon in person Preceded by Hitchhikers, Dir. Yair Agmon
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 11:45 AM
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 1:15 PM
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False Flag
Not since Prisoners of War has there been such a provocative, nail-biting espionage thriller on Israeli TV. In False Flag five Israeli citizens wake up one morning to discover that they are suspects in the kidnapping of the Iranian minister of defense. The five become wanted and news coverage turns their world upside down. Their attempts to deny involvement are in vain. Even their loved ones question, could they be guilty? —Lexi Leban
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 8:30 PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 6:50 PM
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 6:30 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 6:30 PM
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For The Love of Spock
“Live long and prosper.” It’s impossible not to cherish those famous words spoken by the beloved half-human Vulcan. Leonard Nimoy, the man behind the pointy ears, left an indelible mark as an artist and as a mensch. Featuring clips from Nimoy’s career and inspiring interviews with the Star Trek cast, director Adam Nimoy has crafted a loving tribute to not only his father, but also to the man we know as Mr. Spock. —Joshua Moore
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 7:45 PM
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 8:30 PM
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Jews in Shorts: Docs (2016)
True life characters are often more compelling than fictional ones. A filmmaker’s childhood image from a forgotten home movie; a 90-year-old ready to eat bacon for the first time; a violinist parting with his sacred instrument, which changes the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl; a legendary actor with dual identities, French and Jewish. These are subjects of this year's emotionally compelling documentary shorts program. - Joshua Moore
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 1:50 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 12:20 PM
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Jews in Shorts: Narratives (2016)
Comedy and drama can be found in many places: early ’90s New York, an Israeli drone control center, Paris in the aftermath of the recent terror attacks, Central Park invaded by a 20-piece marching band and an Israeli modern art museum. These are the diverse settings of this year’s dynamic and provocative narrative shorts program where the stories unfold in the most surprising of ways. - Joshua Moore Wannabe 16' Operator 15' And Then, Violence 15' What Cheer 17' Hounds 28'
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 11:30 AM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 4:25 PM
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After his engagement falls apart on the evening of his birthday, Joshy’s (Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley) best buddies rally together to pull off a much-needed guys-only weekend for their grieving friend. As the partying heats up, Joshy and company continue to distract themselves from their troubles until they finally have to confront the elephant in the room: their feelings. Male bonding has never been more complex . . . and comically awkward. - Joshua Moore Screened at 2016 Sundance Film Festival After the screening of Joshy, Next Wave passholders are welcome to join director Jeff Baena and invited talent from the film for a reception on the Castro mezzanine.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 8:30 PM
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