International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Sunday 8 November, 8:00 PM


Keren Yedaya
Germany/Israel/France, 2009, 105 min.
Nominated, Best Actress: Dana Ivgy, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2009
Nominated, Best Music, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy 2009
A part of Land and Conflict Program

Featuring: Dana Ivgy, Moni Moshonov, Ronit Elkabetz, Mahmud Shalaby, Hussein Yassin Mahajne

A modern-day Romeo and Juliet set in the heart of Jaffa.

Jaffa, one of the world's oldest port cities, epitomizes the difficult dialogue between the Jews and Arabs living in Israel, as well as the rich and complex culture which the two communities hold in common.

This modern-day Romeo and Juliet takes us beyond the traditional storyline as the secret relationship between Mali and Toufik unfolds against the backdrop of Jaffa's cultural diversity. Mali, a young Jewish woman, and her brother Meir both work at their father's garage, which also employs her Arab lover Toufik and his father Hassan. Mali and Toufik are on the brink of elopement when the tension brewing between Toufik and Meir comes to a head. Toufik's hourlong absence from work sparks a violent reaction from a restless and hungover Meir who had spent the night at the garage. When tragedy strikes, Mali and Toufik's relationship is shattered. The film goes on to tell the story of the rebuilding of their lives and ends with the hope of two cultures living together in one city.

Director's Biography:
Keren Yedaya

Keren Yedaya is an Israeli filmmaker who trained at the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv. She is known for her passionate dedication to creating politically-charged films. Her short films include Elinor (1993), Lulu (1998) and Underwear (2001). Her first feature, Or (2004), won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Keren Yedaya is unfortunately unable to attend.

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors