Double Feature: Almost Friends & Partner with the Enemy

 

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ALMOST FRIENDS (scroll down for PARTNER WITH THE ENEMY)
Date:
Sunday, November 15
Time: 3 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Directors: Barak Heymann and Nitzan Ofir
Genre: Documentary
Country: Israel
Year: 2014
Running Time: 60 min
Languages: Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

Through a new Israeli education initiative, students from two very different Israeli towns begin communicating online before eventually meeting in person. ALMOST FRIENDS focuses on Samar, a 12-year-old Arab Israeli girl from the rough-and-tumble integrated city of Lod, and Linor, an 11-year-old Jewish girl from the religious settlement of Tlamim. Geographically, only 42 miles separate these girls from each other, but cultural and ideological differences make this distance seem even wider and much more difficult to bridge. Can these hopeful pre-teens forge a lasting friendship after meeting and hitting it off? And will their respective families, each with strong feelings about the “other side” even allow it? ALMOST FRIENDS is a complex, yet thoroughly engrossing story about challenging the preconceived notions that separate us.

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PARTNER WITH THE ENEMY
Date:
Sunday, November 15
Time: 4 pm (following screening of ALMOST FRIENDS)
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Directors: Duki Dror and Chen Shelach
Genre: Documentary
Country: Israel
Year: 2014
Running Time: 58 min
Languages: Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
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In this spirited documentary by PJFF alumnus Duki Dror (Incessant Visions) and Chen Shelach, two middle-aged matriarchs – Anat Shelach, an Israeli kibbutznik, and Rola Srouji, a Palestinian resident of Ramallah – form an unlikely partnership in a male-dominated industry. Set against the backdrop of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Anat and Rola launch a logistics and shipping business whose main objective is to make it easier for clients to get their shipments from Israeli ports to the West Bank. Amidst prevailing security concerns, endless red tape, and the challenges of securing new clientele, these newfound business associates grow closer and even introduce their families to one another. But, as the threat of war intensifies and the pressures of work increase, Anat and Rola must face their biggest challenge yet: overcoming their inherent mistrust of “the other.”

Special Guests: Co-Director Chen Shelach and Anat Shelach, subject of film, in conversation with Author Ranen Omer-Sherman (discussion will take place after both films are screened)
Community Partners: Israel Bonds
American Jewish Committee, DoubleTree by Hilton, El Al, Gratz College, Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia, J Street, Middle East Film Festival, Philly Israel