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Arabic Movie

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2015
  • 60 min.
  • Director(s): Eyal Sagui Bizawe, Sara Tsifroni
  • Producer(s): Osnat Trabelsi


A look back at that old Friday afternoon ritual, when Israeli families of all backgrounds would watch the Arab movie of the week. Arabic Movie takes us back to that fleeting moment when Israelis shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East, even as it raises disturbing questions about the relationship of Israelis with their neighbors across the border.

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Eyal Sagui Bizawe, Sara Tsifroni


Osnat Trabelsi


Eyal Sagui Bizawe and Sara Tsifroni


Avigail Sperber and David Zarif


Ayal Goldberg

Original Language



English, French

Sound designer

Itzik Cohen


Ch 8

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Best Art & Culture Film

Jewish Federation of Durham Chapel Hill, USA, 2019

Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, France, 2019

Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2018

Kino Xenix, Switzreland, 2018

University of Texas in Austin, USA, 2018

Binghamton University, USA, 2018

Syracuse University, USA, 2018

Cornell University, USA, 2018

Cambridge University, USA, 2018

Southampton Cultural Center, USA, 2018

Munich Jewish Film Festival, Germany, 2017

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2016

PriMed, France, 2016

Maine Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2016

MESA FilmFest, USA, 2016

Lisbon Jewish Film Festival, Portugal, 2016

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2016

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2016

New York Sephardic Film Festival, USA, 2016

Australia Jewish Film Festival, Australia, 2015

Other Israel Film Festival, USA, 2015

DocAviv Film Festival, Israel, 2015

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  • "A brilliant and compelling look at our place within the Middle East through the cultural lens."
    - Amy Kronish, Israleifilms.blogpost
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    - Hannah Vaitsblit, Tablet Magazine