Students from all corners of the world and all walks of life meet in a Hebrew language Ulpan, where their personal stories merge with the complexities of life in Israel. The immense effort of learning a new language is revealed through their encounter with a strange culture and an unfamiliar environment. Israeli society appears at times funny, at times sad and at times inexplicable. Beyond the surface differences, the shared experiences of human longing and love triumph.
Engrossing documentary "A Hebrew Lesson" brings a fresh take on how non-natives cope with life in a new culture.
Y-Net Review, 2006
This movie oozes love and compassion. Every second of its 123 minutes is a celebration of pure humanity… the characters in the movie - the teacher, students, workers, and policemen – share a type of all-embracing human brotherhood. They are all entitled to compassion, and they all emanate compassion... It is not an artistic, sophisticated, prettified representation - but an analysis of humanity itself. Is there anything better to say about a documentary film?
IndieWIRE Review, 2006
David Ofek's "A Hebrew Lesson," a delightful if thought-provoking look at the problems of several immigrant students in an oulpan, or intensive Hebrew class, traditionally a means of adapting newcomers to the values of the Jewish state.
The Jerusalem International Film Festival - 2006
Best Documentary Director Award, The Wolgin Award
The International Film Festival Rotterdam - 2007
Official Selection - 30th Göteborg International Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – 22nd Israel film festival - 2007
Official Selection - 7th Israeli film festival in Paris - 2007
In Competition – The Bermuda International Film Festival - 2007
In Competition - Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - 2007
In Competition – The Chicago International Documentary Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – The Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – The Stockholm Jewish Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – 4th International Film Festival ‘Jewish Motifs’ in Warsaw - 2007
Official Selection – 56th Melbourne International Film Festival - 2007
Official Selection – 15th Filmfest Hamburg - 2007
Best Documentary Series Award - The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers´ Forum Competition - 2007
In Competition- The Pärnu International Film Festival - 2007
Rising filmmaker Rahul Jain (Machines) returns to Delhi and explores the dramatic consequences of India's growing economy through stunning visuals, capturing not only a city in crisis but magnifying our collective climate realities
The 8th traces Ireland’s campaign to remove the 8th Amendment – a constitutional ban on abortion, forging a new progressive path when reproductive rights are threatened all over the world
In this poignant and deeply intimate documentary 3 kids temporarily removed from their parents find friendship and flickers of hope inside the worn walls of a remarkable orphanage in Eastern Ukraine, as a group of dedicated social-workers create moments of joy and respite
If birth and pregnancy are a lens on how society values its women, why has it become a fight that American women are losing?
I’m Doing My Job follows 6 young, female South Asian & Black emergency medical physicians’ lives throughout the pandemic in NYC.
As the nation faces the end of Roe v. Wade, follow three women leading formidable anti-abortion organizations to witness the enormous influence they wield at the intersection and future of abortion and politics in America.
A one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress
More than half of the 80 million Millennials in America are politically Independent. Every single one of them will be needed if the planet is to avoid climate catastrophe
A harrowing look into the systemic discrimination against women in the fields of science
The first definitive, comprehensive documentary film on ADHD
A ground-breaking examination of the history of African Americans on the road from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s and beyond - a crucial window on issues of class, automobile culture, discrimination and national identity
Amin had an extraordinary child refugee journey from Afghanistan. He is facing a painful secret he kept hidden for 20 years, threatening to derail his life and his soon-to-be husband
The Price of Freedom exposes the hidden past of the American gun debate and reveals how the outsized political and cultural influence of the National Rifle Association divided a nation and changed the course of American history, costing countless lives along the way