The Cousin


Date: Monday, April 30, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Gershman Y 

Director: Tzahi Grad
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: Israel
Year: 2017
Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
Language: In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles

General Admission: $15
Seniors: $13
Students: FREE! (*Student ID must be presented at the box office)

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A well-intentioned Palestinian handyman upends the day-to-day lives of Israeli locals in this darkly comic thriller from writer/director/star Tzahi Grad.

Shortly after Fahed (Ala Dakka) arrives for his new job rehabbing a local media personality’s crumbling old studio apartment, a neighborhood teen reports to be the victim of a sexual assault. Fahed, who was seen speaking to the girl earlier that morning, is accused of the crime and taken in for questioning. Naftali (Grad), the liberal-leaning Israeli actor who hired Fahed for the job in the first place, wants to believe in his innocence. However, once the dubiousness of friends, family, and neighbors begins to wear Naftali down, his dormant, xenophobic attitudes cloud his best intentions.

Grad’s provocative examination of the innate prejudice that exists within Israel today is a feat any modern society attempting to come to terms with its demons can relate to. Evoking some comparisons to Jordan Peele’s 2017 hit Get Out, THE COUSIN is an edge-of-your-seat genre-bender that is guaranteed to get audiences talking.

Special Guests (via Skype):

  • Tzahi Grad | Writer/director/star of The Cousin


For Fans of:

  • Comedies
  • Dramas
  • Israeli cinema
  • Israeli-Palestinian relations
  • Thrillers
  • Tzahi Grad

Official Selection:

  • Haifa International Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Venice International Film Festival
  • Warsaw Film Festival


  • Fedeora Award for Artistic Achievement in an Israeli Feature Film | Haifa International Film Festival
  • Michael Shvili Award for Best Actor | Haifa International Film Festival


“Perceptive, penetrating…a wry comedy that probes the difference between intentions and actions with tension and humor. Tzahi Grad delivers in a meaty yet delicate role.” (Sarah Ward, Screen International)

“Both humorous and explosive, ‘The Cousin’ is a spirited take on an irrational divide. Ala Dakka is compelling…in a performance that keeps you guessing until the end.” (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter)

Community Partners:

Arcadia University Media and Communication Department

Arcadia University Modern Languages and Cultures Program

Drexel University Co-Op Theatre Company

Fegelson – Young – Feinberg Post 697 Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Temple University Jewish Studies Program

UArts Student Affairs

UArts Film & Video