Almost Friends

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 12:00
$9 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Nitzan Ofir

In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Two students correspond online as pen pals through a program combining education and technology. Samar is 12, and has an Arab-Israeli mother and a Palestinian father from the Occupied Territories. She lives in Lod, a city marred by poverty and crime. Linor is 11, and was born in Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip, but now lives in Tlamim, a religious settlement in the Lachish region. Only 67 km separate Lod and Tlamim, and both towns are situated geographically between Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Gaza. The girls are not only separated by an hour’s drive, we soon find they are also separated by a vast national, cultural and ideological abyss. Meeting face-to-face adds an exciting, tense, and often surprising component to the two girls’ lives, sweeping them and their families into a profound and complex experience.

Classification: TBA

Recommended for ages 13+

Themes: friendship, racism, media and perception, cultural exchange, growing up, peer and family pressure

Advisory: Adults say hurtful and prejudicial things that undermine an intercultural friendship. An adult smokes.

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Note: This film screens as part of our    program for grades 8-12. The film will be followed by a discussion and participatory session with R2R's Artist in Residence, Filmmaker Jessica Bradford, and an R2R Board Member. 



Preceded by:

This Land is Mine | Nina Paley | USA | 2013 | 4 min

This animated musical from Nina Paley, director of Sita Sings the Blues and The Prophet (R2R 2015), is a brief history of the land called Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant.

Using the visual storytelling tropes of comics and videogames, Paley captures the subtleties and complexities of the interplay of religion, geopolitics, and the fatal human hunger for power underpinning the region’s long history of conflict.

film program: