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Amy Kronish

Amy Kronish writes about Israeli film. She served for fifteen years as the curator of Jewish and Israeli Film at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and for three years as the Director of Coexistence Programming for the Jerusalem International YMCA. She is the author of World Cinema: Israel and co-author of Israeli Film: A Reference Guide. In addition, she has published numerous articles on Israeli and Jewish cinema and blogs at She has an M.A. in Communications from NYU (1973) and has lived in Jerusalem since 1979.

Articles by this author

Lia Van Leer

A pioneer in the field of art film programming and film archiving in Israel, Lia van Leer was the founder of the Haifa Cinematheque, the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Israel Film Archive, and the Jerusalem Film Festival. As a result of her work, film in Israel is seen as an expression of culture and art and is funded by government agencies.

Margot Klausner

Margot Klausner was co-founder and president of Israel’s major film and television studio and co-manager of the Habima Theater. She was an author, film producer, founder of the Israeli Parapsychology Society, publisher of the monthly magazine Mysterious Worlds: A Journal of Parapsychology, and a popular public speaker on theater, film, and the occult in Israel.

Filmmakers, Israeli

Israeli filmmaking is a national cultural expression, and female Israeli directors have become major contributors to that expression. In their films, these directors deal with personal relationships and family conflicts, religious and professional issues, and the effects of the Holocaust on survivors and their descendants.

Michal Bat-Adam

Director, scriptwriter, and actress of stage and screen Michal Bat-Adam has been hailed for her sensitive and nuanced portrayals of mental illness and women’s inner lives. The interweaving of past and present, fiction and reality, memory and its creative representation are hallmarks of Bat Adam’s work.

Gila Almagor

Israeli writer, actress, and filmmaker Gila Almagor’s acclaimed 1988 autobiographical film Summer of Aviya and its sequel Under the Domin Tree bought attention to post-Holocaust trauma and depression, which were often scorned by Israeli society. Almagor is also a founder of the Israeli Union of Performing Artists, the Tel Aviv International Film Festival, and the Gila Almagor Wishes Foundation.

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