An intimate study of cows, the story of Israelis who lived in Tehran before the 1979 revolution, the tale of a man who escaped a North Korean labor camp, an inside look at one of the world's most advanced hospitals, a profile of the Beatles' devoted secretary, and a portrait of the woman who founded Israel's first pole-dancing studio:
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These are just a few of the dozens of fascinating subjects explored on screen at the 15th Annual Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, which runs from May 2-11.
The annual festival showcases dozens of films produced locally and internationally, and is a documentary film fan's dream. In addition to the screenings, which take place mainly at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, there are also several outdoor screenings at the Tel Aviv port and at the open-air plaza adjacent to Habima Theater. (For party people, the port screenings are often music-themed and accompanied by DJ sets.)
The films are divided into several competitions – including Israeli, international and student – and this year average moviegoers will also get to put their two cents in by voting for the Audience Choice Award. The winners will be announced on the festival's final day, May 11 – but when there are so many worthy films to set your sights on, you could say all the attendees are winners, too.
Tel Aviv Aviv Cinematheque, 2 Sprinzak Street; Box office tel. (03) 606-0800 ext. 1
Single tickets cost NIS 42, and packs of 5 or 10 tickets can also be purchased. It's wise to buy tickets in advance – the festival's best offerings often sell out.