MASSACHUSETTS PREMIERE – First love, school bullies, British New Wave… and SCUD missiles. This bittersweet drama set in the late 1980s from acclaimed Israeli director Eran Riklis (Syrian Bride, Human Resources Manager, NCJF’s JF.2011) adapts two semi-autobiographical novels by Sayed Kashua (Haaretz columnist and Arab Labor creator). Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom), a whip-smart but introverted Israeli-Arab boy earns a scholarship to Jerusalem’s most prestigious boarding school. Isolated and lonely at first, Eyad slowly overcomes social, cultural, and language barriers, and finds romance with classmate Naomi. Soon, though, personal tragedy and politics intrude on his adolescent idyll, and Eyad must make impossible decisions about who he will be in a divided country.
Dir: Eran Riklis | Israel | 2014 | 105m | Hebrew & Arabic w/ English subtitles
CO-PRESENTED BY: Israel Campus Roundtable
Screening as part of
The National Center for Jewish Film’s
18th Annual Film Festival
April 30-May 15
Event Location: West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington Street, Newton, Massachusetts, 02465
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