A Film by: Shmuel Hasfari & Amir Hasfari
(Israel, 2004, 100 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Amir Hasfari, Miryam Zohar, Tal Friedman, Yehuda Levi, Assaf Ashtar, Ania Bukstein)
A small Israeli town seethes with conflict, pitting its residents against each other and threatening to divide it: religious vs. secular, immigrants vs. the local population and dead against the living.
Into this pressure cooker come two young people who try to bridge the opposing worlds: Anna, a beautiful young Russian woman, born to a Jewish man and a Christian mother, has come to Israel to fulfill her father’s dying wish – to be buried in the Holy Land.
Avishai, a 24-year-old Orthodox Jew, descendant of a distinguished dynasty of Rabbis, struggles to overcome the tyranny of his father, a zealous Jewish settler, and his grandmother. Avishai’s grandfather had committed suicide after being accused of accepting bribes, and the grandmother’s only wish is to be buried beside her husband.
The iron-willed old woman stirs the entire town into battle, dragging Avishai and Anna into the conflict. Soon they find each other not only at odds but in love.
AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS
• San Jose Jewish Film Festival
• Vancouver Jewish Film Festival
• Cincinnati Jewish Film festival
• The JCC in Manhattan
• Ottawa Israeli Film Festival
• The Jewish Alliance of RI
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