Families of Israel

Families of Israel
Genre:
Family, Documentary | Director: Eleanor Marquisee | Language: English | Length: 30 minutes | Country: Israel | Year: 2010 | Rating: NR

Award winning and highly acclaimed Families of the World Series documents how children and their families live in each country. Families of the World takes you on a fantastic journey to another country where you view the unique lives of two children and their families. Each program focuses on a different culture, their way of life, family attraction, communities, schools and homes of two families (one urban and the other rural) — from breakfast to bedtime and all the fun-filled activities in between. We are introduced to a child who helps narrate his or her activities.

View trailers for this series here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 1.C.1.1, 2.C.1.1, 3.C.1.1

Salata Baladi

Salata Baladi
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Nadia Kamel | Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, Italian, English Subtitles | Length: 105 minutes | Country: Egypt, Israel, Global | Year: 2007 | Rating: N/A

 Nadia Kamel’s heritage is a complex blend of religions and cultures. Her mother is a half Jewish, half Italian Christian who converted to Islam when she married Nadia’s half Turkish, half Ukrainian father. Prompted by the realization that her 10-year-old nephew was growing up in an Egyptian society where talk of culture clashes is all too common, she decides to let her mother, Mary Rosenthal, share their diverse family history. But, as she and Mary weave their way through the family’s fairy tales, they bump into silence around old prejudices concerning their estranged Egyptian-Jewish branch of their family living in Israel since 1948. Inspired to further challenge the boundaries between cultures, religions, and nationalities that are used to divide us, Kamel travels, along with her mother and nephew, to Israel and Italy and confronts fear and prejudice along the way.

NCSCOS Essential Standards:  7.G.1.2, WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2

Zahrah

Zahrah
Genre:
Documentary, Biography | Director: Mohammed Bakri | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 70 minutes | Country: Palestine, Israel | Year: 2009 | Rating: N/A

Director Mohammad Bakri narrates this personal documentary about his aunt Zahra Bakri. Mrs. Bakri was born and raised in the Palestinian village of al-Bane in the Galilee. Starting with her childhood, the film takes us on a journey through Palestine’s turbulent history and chronicles the effects of these unfolding events on Zahra and her extended family. We experience the violence that resulted in the establishment of Israel, the effect of life under martial law (1948-1966) on Palestinian family life, and the radical transformation of Palestinian society from a majority to a disenfranchised minority in their own homeland.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.1