“The Idol” is a Love Letter to Palestine

By Daria Butler, Staff Writer Palestinian film director Hany Abu Assad celebrates his homeland and people in the new film “The Idol.” The part-drama, part-biography which is to be released in theatres on Friday, May 6th, tells the true story of Muhammad Assaf, who famously won the singing competition “Arab Idol” at age 23 and…

“It’s Better to Jump” a biased yet important doc about Palestine

By Rohan Narula Acre or “Akka” (the original Arabic translation) is a coastal city in northern Israel. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. The Arab people of Akka trace their history back to the Canaanites in 30th Century BCE, which only means that Akka has been their home for…

“Israel: A Home Movie” weaves personal stories into a startling tapestry

By J.R. Hammerer Despite the best efforts of cinéma vérité filmmakers, the vocabulary of documentary film has remained limited to archival footage and talking heads. “Israel: A Home Movie” radically revises this convention. Eliav Lilti’s film is pieced together from Israeli citizens’ home movies, captured over the span of four decades. The collage is narrated…