The Israeli Film Series continues in February with A.K.A. Nadia
film and discussion
Sunday, February 11 at 2PM
Available HERE or at the box office.
Nadia Kabir is a 20 year-old Arab young woman who has just graduated from the Jewish-Arab girls' school in Jerusalem. She is having a secret love affair with Nimer, an activist in a Palestinian Liberation Movement. When Nimer is sent to England on assignment, they are secretly married. In England, Nadia realizes the meaning of the step she has taken – severing her ties with her family and beloved mother, as she embraces a life of exile and escape.
When Nimer is caught by the authorities, Nadia is left on her own. She realizes that there is no option of returning to Israel; the authorities see her as a terrorist and to her family she has escaped and disgraced them.
Twenty years later, Maya, choreographer at a Jerusalem dance troupe, is married to Yoav, a senior official at the Ministry of Justice, an impressive and charming man. Being a pair of career-driven parents with two demanding children, each day requires planning and juggling to resolve a great deal of hubbub.
One evening, Maya spots a figure from her past. She hurries away. She does not say a word to anyone, but it won't let go, and she cannot sleep or go back to her routine. Yoav notices his wife's distress, and realizes that she's hiding something. Their relationship is on the verge of crisis.
The connection between the two heroines – Maya and Nadia – is the core of the film. This connection has a tremendous effect on everyone; it will drop a bombshell on Maya's family, and leave Nadia's mother in distress and grief. The film raises questions of identity, of the ability of society to accept the other and forgive their 'otherness'. It's a story about innocent individuals who pay a terrible price, the victims of a society that has gone awry, raising the question of when the private becomes political and the political becomes private, without the ability to separate the two.
Hebrew with English Subtitles
The Israeli Film Series is a collaboration between Grail Moviehouse and the Asheville Jewish Community Center. This series is designed to allow us to use film as our window into the minds and culture of Israel. The 2nd Sunday of each month, a new Israeli film will be presented with a discussion to follow each film. The films have been selected to provide varying degrees and angles of perspective and insight. We invite you to come explore with us.