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Cinephil, Ltd

Works: 52 works in 90 publications in 8 languages and 2,370 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  History  Historical films  Social problem films  Interviews  War films  Sources  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Distributor, Producer
Classifications: HV6322.3.I5, 323.119274
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Most widely held works by Cinephil, Ltd
The gatekeepers by Dror Moreh( Visual )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in Hebrew and English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the first time ever, six former heads of Israel's secret service tell their story. Israel's crushing victory over its neighbours during the Six Day War in 1967 left it in control of a vast, hostile population living under Occupation. Dealing with that population-in times of calm and times of violent uprising-was the responsibility of Israel's secret service agency, Shin Bet. THE GATEKEEPERS offers a riveting and intimate insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict told by the six former heads of Shin Bet. In a style reminiscent of The Fog of War, their confessions of torture and terrorism, arrests and assassinations are illustrated with archival footage and chilling animations. These offer a window into the moral dilemmas they faced as they unfolded. The citizens they swore to protect against terrorism may have been safer as a result of their actions, but was the country any closer to peace? Theirs is the ultimate cautionary tale of what happens to people and nations alike when they try to answer violence with violence
Trembling before G-d by Sandi Simcha Dubowski( Visual )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary built around personal stories of gay and lesbian Hasidic and Orthodox Jews. Portrays people who face a profound dilemma - how to reconcile their passion for Judaism with the biblical prohibitions against homosexuality. Includes interviews with closeted and out gay Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, including the first openly gay Orthodox rabbis, Steven Greenberg
Defamation by Yoav Shamir( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Israeli director Yoav Shamir embarks on a provocative and at times irreverent quest to answer the question: What is anti-Semitism today? Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat? Or is it a scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics? Speaking with an array of people from across the political spectrum and traveling to places like Auschwitz and Brooklyn, Shamir discovers the realities of anti-Semitism today
Night will fall by André Singer( Visual )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary about the making of a 1945 film by director Alfred Hitchcock about the liberation of Europe by Allied forces. Commissioned by Sidney Bernstein, chief of the Psychological Warfare section of the Supreme Headquarters of Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), the film looks deep into what went on in the infamous German concentration camps. As it was deemed unsuitable to show at the time, it was stored away in the vaults of the Imperial War Museum (IWM) and found 40 years later by an American researcher. Now, fully restored by the IWM's Dr. Toby Haggith, the footage is ready to be shown to audiences and this documentary tells the story of the lost film
A German life( Visual )

2 editions published in 2016 in German and English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Brunhilde Pomsel always described herself as just being a side-line figure and not at all interested in politics, she nevertheless got closer to one of the worst criminals in world history than anyone else presently alive. Today aged 105, Pomsel used to work as secretary, stenographer and typist for the Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Brunhilde Pomsel's life mirrors the major historical ruptures of the 20th century and German life thereafter. Nowadays, many people presume that the dangers of war and fascism have long been overcome. Brunhilde Pomsel makes it clear that this is certainly not the case
The act of killing by Joshua Oppenheimer( Visual )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in Indonesian and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When the government of Indonesia was overthrown by the military in 1965, more than one million people were killed in less than a year. Anwar and his friends were promoted from ticket scalpers to death squad leaders, and Anwar killed hundreds of people with his own hands. In The Act of Killing, Anwar and his friends agree to tell us the story of the killings. But their idea of being in a movie is not to provide testimony for a documentary: they want to be stars in their favourite film genres themselves. And they play their victims. The Act of Killing is a nightmarish vision--a journey into the memories and imaginations of the unrepentant perpetrators and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit"--Moscow Film Festival website
No fire zone : the killing fields of Sri Lanka( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No Fire Zone is the definitive story of the final awful months of the 26-year long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it. A chilling expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent time
Unseen enemy( Visual )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unseen Enemy examines why in the 21st century we are experiencing a rash of diseases that were once only outbreaks but have now become full-blown epidemics. Moving across the globe, you'll meet our characters: doctors, disease detectives, everyday men and women. Every one of them has stepped into the horror of an epidemic and emerged deeply changed. Examining the recent epidemics of Ebola, Influenza, and Zika, Unseen Enemy makes it clear that epidemics bring out the best and worst of human behavior, and that their effect goes far beyond the terrible tolls of sickness and death
Women of Hamas( Visual )

3 editions published in 2010 in Arabic and Hebrew and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Everyone was surprised at the triumph of Hamas in the last Palestinian elections, but the bigger surprise was that the women were behind that victory. We follow three Hamas women to try and understand why an Islamist political party, operating in a very conservative society, allows its women to become political, social and even military leaders
A Hebrew lesson( Visual )

2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in Multiple languages and Hebrew and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally set up to assist Jewish immigrants to gain basic Hebrew language skills, the 'Ulpan' became a central institution in the process of integration into Israeli society. Six decades into the Israeli state, the students are no longer passionate Jews fulfilling their desire to emigrate to Israel, nor Jewish refugees escaping persecution. In 2004, in an ulpan in the heart of Tel Aviv, a different and fascinating tapestry of individuals face the difficulties of a new language and a new life. Among them are Chin, a Chinese migrant worker who married her Israeli employer; Sasha from Russia who came to Israel in a desperate attempt to be nearer to his young daughter, and Annabel, a German woman who fell in love with an Israeli. Through an intimate and sensitive observation of this group of students, this engrossing documentary brings home the immigrant experience in all its complexity
The judge : a rare documentary( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Hebrew and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Few judges anywhere have confronted the challenges faced by Aharon Barak, the former Chief Justice of Israel's Supreme Court. A survivor of the Holocaust, he knows firsthand the dangers posed by intolerance and xenophobia, and spent his career negotiating a delicate balance between Israel as a Jewish state and Israel as a democracy. Though often controversial, his rulings have become textbook cases for law students around the world. During his tenure Barak never spoke to the media. Now that he feels his time is running out, he has agreed to bare his soul--the soul of a judge--on camera for the very first time. --
Ford transit by Hany Abu-Assad( Visual )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in Arabic and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of young Rajai, a Palestinian taxi-van driver who struggles on a daily basis to get passed roadblocks and barriers, over detours and shortcuts from East Jerusalem to Ramallah and back again transporting passengers for three shekels a trip. His point of view on the Intifadah, the occupation, suicide attacks and life in general is mirrored by that of his passengers, ordinary people but also by politicians and other prominent Palestinians. A humorous look into the day-to-day lives of the Palestinians under Israeli occupation as it is seen, lived and witnessed through the windows, and on the seats of a Ford Transit (the main public transportation in the occupied West Bank). An entertaining film about a people enduring occupation for more than 30 years - introducing the out of the ordinary point of view of the ordinary people. Mixing fiction with documentary, the film melds music, humour and anger into a high-spirited critique of an infamous crisis
Muezzin( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in Turkish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the days of the prophet Mohammed, Muslim faithful around the world have heeded the muezzin's call to prayer five times a day. Today, with "Idol" type shows topping world charts, Turkey's mosques have joined the trend. In cities and hamlets across the country, muezzins compete regionally for a chance to make it to the national finals in Ankara. This film follows the competitors as they experience the drama of competition in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the country's best-known muezzin
Thank you for playing( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows game developer Ryan Green as he creates the game "That dragon, cancer" as a way to cope with his toddler son Joel's terminal cancer diagnosis
Miss Gulag( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Russian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows three female prisoners in Siberian prison UF91-9, preparing to compete in a beauty pageant. Through the pageant emerges a complex narrative of the lives of the first generation of women to come of age in post-Soviet Russia. Miss Gulag explores the individual destinies of three women: Yulia, Tatiana, and Natasha, all bound together by long prison sentences and circumstances that have made them the vigilantes of their own destinies
Hataʻalumah bamehola hayeruka = The green dumpster mystery( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in Hebrew and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this documentary, a filmmaker discovers old photographs and other documents inside a green dumpster in southern Tel Aviv's Florentine industrial zone. He uses these documents to trace a tragic family history from Łodz, Poland, to a Siberian Gulag, a Samarkand sugar plant, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the Gordonia kibbutz movement in Frankfurt, a Hahaʻapala ship embarking from an Italian port, a single-room apartment in a deserted Arab building in Jaffa, and an absentee Israeli Defense Forces soldier somewhere in the sands of the Sinai Peninsula
Kashmir : journey to freedom( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Once described by Mahatma Gandhi as the pillar of light in a subcontinent lost in darkness, Kashmir has now become a land of terror and despair; with constant raids and human rights violations. The film tells the story of a new generation of young Muslim Kashmiris who after years of armed resistance decide to put down their weapons and start a nonviolent movement in the hope for peace and independence. They strive for a renaissance of the Kashmiri tradition of religious and ethnic coexistence, inspired by the Sufi culture and the spirit and history of Kashmir
The muses of Bashevis Singer( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translators, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to form the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just as he charmed and enchanted his translators. A film about the art of translation and one of the great figures of twentieth century literature
Shomre ha-saf = The gatekeepers( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in Hebrew and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charged with overeseeing Israel's war on terror, both Palestinian and Jewish, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's Secret Service, is present at the crossroads for every decision made. This documentary features interviews with six former heads of the agency who have agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers and exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach based on a two-state solution"--Container
Cathedrals of culture by Wim Wenders( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six acclaimed filmmakers bring their own visual style and artistic approach to the exploration of six different landmark buildings, showing us how they reflect our culture and guard our collective memory. The buildings featured are the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the National Library of Russia, Halden Prison, the Salk Institute, the Oslo Opera House, the Centre Pompidou
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