Middle Eastern Focus

Mourad Boucif

In Morocco’s "clay rock" region, young Sulayman —  an orphan raised by an elderly hermit — lives in perfect harmony with the local fauna and flora…

Fekri Baroshi

In “A Dream Before Dying,” Alan and his family — Kurds in Northern Iraq — have experienced more than their share of the horrors of war, and their…

This impressively diverse program of animation features drugs, dogs, motorcycles, and much, much more.

Vibrant imaginations and fascinating colors combine in this program of animation from around the world.

This collection proves that laughter truly is a universal language.

Worldly stories that test your mettle and tug at your heart.

As a bookend to our opening-night film, SLIFF offers a closing-night collection of shorts that explore the good and the bad of married life.

Molly Stuart

Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military and becomes…

Uri Levi

In “Once Upon a Boy,” an Israeli family deals with the challenges of cerebral palsy, which affects one of their twin sons. Both ingratiatingly…

Ai Weiwei

"The Rest" — by acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei — documents the plight of refugees who arrive in Europe, the world's purported bastion of human rights…

Nadav Lapid

In Paris, things do not exactly get off to a good start for the newly arrived Yoav. He knocks on the door of the flat where he’s supposed to stay…

Amos Gitai

On a tramway that connects several of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods from East to West, people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds are…

Tom Shepard

“Unsettled” choncicles the journeys of four LGBTQ refugees who come to the U.S., specifically the “gay mecca” of San Francisco, to escape…

Bridgette Auger & Itab Azzam

“We Are Not Princesses” offers moving profiles of a half-dozen Syrian women refugees in Beirut who come together to tell their stories of love,…