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Tribeca fest features Israeli films
The Tribeca Film Festival, which opened yesterday in lower Manhattan and runs through May 7, will be showing several films from Israel.
The feature film, Close to Home, the story of two female soldiers serving in Jerusalem during the current intifada, directed by Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hager, will be screened. Also on this year's program is Dear Father, Quiet Please, We're Shooting, a documentary by David Benchetrit, about IDF soldiers who have become conscientious objectors. Two short films from Israel will be shown: The Substitute (which was known as Soldier Girl when it was shown at the Jerusalem Film Festival), about the relationship between a suicidal soldier and her roommate, played by Dana Ivgy, and Offside, about a Palestinian boy who has difficulty joining his friends for a soccer game because of the separation fence. Founded in 2002, by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, the Tribeca Film Festival was initiated to help New York City recover after the 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Center. - Hannah Brown
The Ensemble is the junior company of Batsheva Dance, and every year for the past five, the dancers have offered their own choreographies in a program of short works. This year, the sixth, presents nine pieces in four programs from April 27-30 at the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center. The budding choreographers include Zvika Hezekias (Five Stars), Shani Garfinkel (Walks Inside), Michal Saifan (medium rare), and Bobbie Smith (Mr.). And not only do they create the dances, but each artist is responsible for all aspects of the production as well. The shows are in the Varda studio and tickets are NIS 45.- Helen Kaye