Docaviv, Israel’s biggest documentary film festival and the only one dedicated exclusively to the genre is back for its 25th-anniversary edition. The festival will take place from May 11th to May 20th at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque and other venues around the city. This year, the festival will showcase dozens of new local and international documentaries, with 13 films competing for the Best Israeli Documentary award and prizes totalling NIS 350,000.
The festival’s Israeli Competition features a diverse range of films, including Inbal Perlmutter—If iyou Let Me Go, Avigail Sperber and Sharon Luzon’s documentary about the life, work, and death of local rock legend and groundbreaking musician Inbal Perlmutter; A Movie at the Center by Kobi Farag and Morris Ben-Mayor, which tells the story and history of Dizengoff Center, the shopping center that became much more than just a symbol of Tel Aviv; 1948 – Remember and Forget by Neta Shoshani, a film about the struggle over the ethos of the 1948 Palestine war and the implications of this memory on the present; Silver’s Uprising by Dan Shadur, an extraordinary portrait of the founder of Telegrass, a former ultra-orthodox kid who transformed the drug-dealing business in Israel; and Innocence by Guy Davidi, which premiered in Venice last year, telling the story of young people who enlisted in the Israeli military despite feelings of alienation towards it, and despite it being against their values.
Other categories include the Beyond the Screen Award, which is presented in memory of Ilana Tsur and includes films such as The First Night, Angels, and Kiki. There is also a Panorama selection, a music documentary selection, an arts and culture competition, and a student film competition. The festival will also include special events, such as a tribute to TV personality Modi Bar-On and a compilation of short documentary films made by three Arab women filmmakers.
Find more information on 2023 DocAviv – HERE