Short Films from the Ma’ale Film School

maaleh_web_logoThe Ma’ale School of Television, Film & the Arts is located in the heart of Jerusalem. It is the only film school in the world devoted to exploring the intersection of Judaism and modern life. Ma’ale’s unique, cutting-edge films build bridges across all sectors of the Jewish world, fostering deeper understanding and dialogue between religious and secular Jews. Ma’ale graduates are shaping the future of the Israeli film and television industry, and beyond.

The short films will be presented before the feature films.

The Gravedigger's Daughter

The Gravedigger’s Daughter

Drama, 2016, 17 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew,  English S.T.

Esther’s father was a gravedigger who in his last will and testament left only one significant request: that one of his sons continue with his profession. None of his sons have the slightest interest in doing so. Esther is the only daughter in this traditional ‘Sephardic’ North African home, and embarks upon a struggle to carry on her father’s legacy of humility and kindness over the objections of her family and community. A feminist film with a twist of graveyard humor.

 

Biography

Biography

Experimental, 2016, 20 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew,  English S.T.

Miriam, an elderly war widow tormented by her young husband’s death, surrounds herself with archival recordings and writes his biography in her crumbling apartment. Though she wishes only to be left alone to complete her task, her aggressive neighbors, hungry to evict her, have other ideas.

 

Taken

Taken

Drama, 2016, 14 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew,  English S.T.

Pretty young Yuval imprisons the man who once sexually assaulted her in her apartment. A dark and dramatic game ensues in which the outcome is less critical than Yuval’s realization that, as a rape victim, she is the one who will always be a hostage.

 

Cold Water

Cold Water

Documentaire, 2016, 20 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew,  English S.T.

A young girl’s search for the father who abandoned her as a child leads her to his present home and the discovery that he is now an ultra-Orthodox Jew.

 

The Girl

The Girl

Drama, 2015, 10 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew,  English S.T.

Dafna, a social worker, pays a visit to Esti, the single mother of a little girl. Dafna must deal with the agonizing decision of whether or not Esti is a fit mother for her child. If not, the child will be taken into state custody.

 

11 Minutes

11 Minutes

Drama, 2015, 19 min, Israel
V.O. Hebrew,  English S.T.

A military ambulance is called to evacuate a seriously wounded young soldier and bring him to a helicopter pad where he will be taken to hospital. Aboard the ambulance is a staff of three young soldiers, one of whom is Karen, a young female paramedic on her first tour of duty. Faced with life and death decisions in the ambulance, Karen will either succeed in bringing her emotions and fears under control — or fail, and be responsible for the death of a fellow soldier.

 

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