Wednesday | 26.01.22

Monthly Screenings

The Jerusalem Cinematheque, together with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University, are working to promote documentary films with ethnographic orientation. These films use cinematic techniques in order to demonstrate the complexity and difficulties of the lives of individuals and communities around the world, the relationship between the human and non-human, and the social political and financial aspects of these relationships.

This year's edition will take place online.

The films are accompanied by lectures and talks with some of the filmmakers.

Come join us, come and be part of the world we live in, in your own home. 
The films and talks will be available via the Jerusalem Cinematheque Online website for one week from their premiere date.
For purchases and viewing please click the picture of the film. 
Sinfle film: 10 NIS / Full program: 50 NIS
Limited viewers for Acasa, My Home
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 29.10.29

Opening Film | The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

23.11.2020 | Director Iryna Tsilyk in conversation with Lydia Ginzburg
A single mother and her four children, living on the front-line zone of Donbas, document their life under constant bombing. Even under these stressful conditions, the family keeps their warmth and optimism, letting their creativity and love for cinema to create an altered reality. Orange is a film about a film that depicts family life, love and war, and also celebrates the power of imagination and creativity even at times of meaningless horrors.
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 28.10.30

Acasa, My Home

The 11 members of the Enache family live in a hut on the lakeshore of an abandoned water reservoir, which they have turned into a spectacular biosphere. But their conventual life on the outskirts of Bucharest is upheaved when their home is transformed into a national park. Is life in an apartment, with electricity, running water, and education more worthy than their outdoor life as gatherers? Will they become domesticated? Acasa, one of the best films of the year – offers a stunning, at times humorous, and mostly heartfelt look at the way in which the habitat becomes a destiny that is greatly difficult to escape.
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 28.10.30

A Tunnel

24.11.2020 | Prof. Mark Gamsa, Tel Aviv University and Prof. Tamar Elor, The Hebrew University, in conversation (in Heb.) following the film
A Chinese fast train is set to cross Asia into Europe and set up the new Silk Road. The film stops at a small Georgian village, where the train is set to pass through a tunnel. The old train station's manager, together with the villagers, has to face a new reality, with thousands of Chinese workers settling on the outskirts of the village, with the hazards caused by the mining, and with uncertainty about the future. On the backdrop of beautiful mountain landscapes, A Tunnel shows how Chinese dominance clashes with traditions and ways of life that seem to have not changed for decades, and offers a look at contemporary imperialism.
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 14.10.30

Balolé, the Golden Wolf

25.11.2020 | Speaker (in Heb.): Prof. Lynn Schler, Ben-Gurion University
In the heart of Ouagadougou, a granite quarry, nearly 2,500 people, adults and children, work in horrid conditions, on the sidelines of a society that refuses to see them. But even these depressing conditions do not repress their solidarity, hopes, and even humor. With the wind of change blowing through the country, a new voice emerges within, offering a chance for a better future. The film can be described as a journey to the bottom of the underworld - with images that seem very far from our digital world - but from here also grows the simplest of emotions that remind us of the power of humanity.
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 28.10.30

The Classic Section: Araya

25.11.2020 | Lecture by Prof. Dan Geva and conversation between Prof. Geva and Prof. Tamar Elor (in Heb.)
The restoration of Margot Benacerraf's brilliant film Araya completes missing parts in the memory of documentary filmmaking. In the peninsula of Araya in northeastern Venezuela, the salt miners and the fishermen continue their traditional ways of working. With arduous work and under cruel weather conditions, they sustain themselves: men, women, boys, and girls, circling the day from dawn to dusk in a balanced and precise dance. Benacerraf's eyes and heart gather these distant people, into the lap of the workers of the whole world in a spectacular poetic course.
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 28.10.30


26.11.2020 | Prof. Tamar Elor in conversation with the directors and film protagonist
Is love the term to describe the connection formed between parent and child? Brendan, an American anthropologist, used to wander the planet exploring human nature in all its forms and beauty. But after falling in love with a Danish woman, he ends up a stay-at-home dad of two toddlers in Copenhagen, and his own ordinary life as a father becomes his only object of study. In an intimate and fearless cinematic journal, Brendan explores issues of masculinity and fatherhood.
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 28.10.30

The Life We Know

26.11.2020 | Speaker (in Heb.) Ariel Appel, Haifa University
The film follows the agricultural cycle in Portugal’s remote inland, between the rivers Douro and Tâmega, and the life of two sisters who spend their days tirelessly toiling the land for subsistence. The veil is lifted on these women’s day-to-day lives and their deepest thoughts about life in the countryside, the only life they know.
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 28.10.30
Thursday | 22.10.20 to Monday | 31.12.29