Philadelphia Premiere
Sunday, November 6
 11:oo AM
 Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Director: Anat Goren
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: Israel and Ethiopia
Year: 2015
Running Time: 62 min
Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles

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Ever since arriving in Israel from Ethiopia five years ago, MUSSA, a refugee kid as fluent in Hebrew as his native classmates, has refused to speak. Living in one of Tel Aviv’s poorest neighborhoods, Mussa is bussed to one of the city’s best private schools, where he studies with a diverse mix of students – from other refugees like himself to children from exceptionally wealthy families. Yet despite all of the great friends he’s made in school and the special bond he shares with his favorite teacher and her son, Mussa still chooses to communicate through facial expressions and gestures alone.

With Israel’s overstretched refugee policy, Mussa has always understood that he and his family could be deported at any time. His precarious existence in the country he wishes to call home is fraught with anxiety. It has become even more strained, in light of learning that one of his fellow classmates is being sent back to Sudan. What develops in this eye-opening and heartrending documentary is a social commentary on the status of African refugees in Israel and the struggles they must face on a daily basis in order to survive.

Guest Speaker: Ranen Omer Sherman, JHFE Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies at the University of Louisville

Sponsor: Jane and Joe Goldblum

[Screened with FACING THE WALL]

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Awards and Honors: Official Selection of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Other Israel Film Festival, and Seattle Jewish Film Festival

Subjects: African refugees, family, friendship, immigration, inequality, Israel’s immigration policies, Mussa, Tikkun Olam

For Fans Of: Documentaries about contemporary Israel, immigration policy, the refugee crisis, human rights, kids

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