Here is the lineup for the Palestinian-centric offshoot of the Other Israel Film Festival this weekend in Bay Ridge:
“City of God” meets “Crash” meets the Middle East in this Academy Award-nominated crime drama where gangs, drugs, and fights are the norm. A Palestinian “Godfather” of sorts, the film follows four stories in the West Bank, interweaving them as the film unfolds.
“Coffee — Between Reality and Imagination” (2010)
Palestinian and Israeli students came together to direct this series of shorts centered around one of the most unifying things in the Middle East — coffee! The shorts look at the personal lives of people as they go about their everyday business.
“Laila’s Birthday” (2008)
On the day of his daughter’s seventh birthday, a West Bank taxi-driving judge has only one goal: get home early with a present and a cake. Along the way he must deal with a number of peculiar riders, as well as the twists and turns life throws at him in this existential comedy.
Director Mohammad Bakri tells the moving story of his 78-year-old aunt, Zahara, a mother of 10 who moves to Israel after the death of her husband — and that’s when the real challenges began.
— Adam Warner