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Ma'alot Tarshiha: The Docaviv Galilee Film Festival 2020 - ONLINE

Updated: Nov 26, 2020

Hi there,

This is the 12th year of the Docaviv Galil Festival, which has become an integral part of the annual cultural life in the Galilee. This year the festival will take place online bringing the best of Israeli and international documentary cinema to your homes.

Some of the films will also be available during the month of December as part of Docustream, the monthly streaming event of the Docaviv Festival.

Docaviv Galil is an initiative and production of the Docaviv Association in collaboration with the Ma'alot Tarshiha Municipality and with the support of the Ministry of Culture.

WHEN: December 1-5, 2020

Ma'alot Tarshiha: The Docaviv Galilee Film Festival 2020 - ONLINE
Credit: 'I am Greta' by Dogwoof

Over 30 documentaries from Israel and abroad will be screened during the upcoming Docaviv Galilee festival. These include:


Among the selected events at the festival:

  • The opening film of the festival, 'Raymonde El Bidaoia' will be accompanied by a conversation with the creator Yael Abecassis.

  • The closing film of the festival, winner of the Israeli competition of Docaviv 2020, 'Love It Was Not', will be accompanied by a conversation with the creators.

  • A première of the family film 'I am Greta' about Greta Thunberg, the Swedish girl who became a world famous climate activist.

  • A première of two additional short films for the whole family about children from around the world from the series "Children of the Silk Road" (recommended from age 10 and up).

  • A première of the three part series 'Israelis Who Are Changing the World' courtesy of Yes-Docu, about the discoveries, lives and perceptions of three young Israeli scientists.

  • A pre-première of the film 'Belushi' about the short and chaotic life of American actor John Belushi.

  • A première of the film 'The Circle' about the first ecological commune in Estonia and the forces that threaten its existence.

  • A première of 'Keith Haring: Street Art Boy', including unheard interviews from the American artist.

  • A première of the film "My Mexican Pretzel" a mesmerizing composition of truths and lies in archive footage.

  • Opening of the 'Wings' archive, a collection of films by local artists from Ma'alot Tarshiha and the surrounding area.

  • A world première of the film 'I Feel We are Alike' created in this year's Docaviv youth workshop led by filmmakers Tal Barda and Shadi Habib Allah and supported by the Weil-Bloch Foundation.

  • Opening of a virtual tour of the exhibitions at the Apter Barrer Art Center in Ma'alot Tarshiha.

  • A special dance program including screening of four dance documentaries from Israel and the world: 'Cunningham' about the American choreographer Merce Cunningham, 'If It Were Love', about the French choreographer Gisèle Vienne's work 'Crowd', 'With Slight Steps' about the Israeli folk dancer Tirtza Hodes and 'Gurit Kadman', Israel-Prize winner Nili Tal's 1980 film preserving ethnic dancing.

  • Screenings for Ma'alot Tarshiha students of the best documentaries as well as a master class for film students held by directors Yael Kipper and Ronen Zaretsky.

Docaviv director Galia Bador: "Docaviv Festival's partnership with Ma'alot-Tarshiha has now turned 12. This year, the festival goes online, providing an online platform for local and international filmmakers to showcase their work. For the first time, Docaviv Galilee will be opening the Wings archive to the public, giving free access to 46 films by local filmmakers from the Galilee, all filmed in recent years. We believe the festival's rich program reflects the intricate social tapestry of Ma'alot-Tarshiha and the surrounding towns and villages. The program features premières of films about people who are creating social and ecological change in the world. Thanks to our online platform, this year's local festival will gain country-wide visibility. I am happy and proud that the festival, which has become an essential part of the Galilee's cultural landscape, will be going ahead despite these difficult times, and providing our audience with superb original documentaries.”

Arkadi Pomerantz, Mayor of Ma'alot-Tarshiha: "I am proud that even in these challenging days, Ma'alot-Tarshiha can host this incredibly important festival, a cultural event that has become a long-standing tradition in our town. And now, thanks to the blessings of the digital age, we can expand our reach to the whole country. Enjoy the films!"


Detailed descriptions of the films and events as well as ticket purchasing is available on the festival's Hebrew website.

Price list:

20 NIS single ticket

60 NIS a subscription of 4 movies

95 NIS for a monthly pass

Concessions are available only for residents of Ma'alot-Tarshiha and the Western Galilee, and Ma'alot Auditorium members

15 NIS for a single ticket

45 NIS for a 4-ticket pass

80 NIS for a monthly pass



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