I previewed all 5 films and have chosen to highlight the following 3 films – one drama and two documentaries. Try to catch these films at the upcoming Festival!
In the slums of Berlin
Kaddish for a Friend (Germany, 2010, directed by Leo Khasin) is a drama about a Berlin slum neighborhood where ironically Arab youth brush up against aging Russian Jews. Ali's family has fled from a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Living near his cousin in Berlin, he gets involved with a tough bunch of Arab kids, and together they trash the apartment of the Jewish man who lives upstairs from Ali. To avoid deportation, Ali is forced to help clean up the old man's apartment. A quirky and compelling story about hatred and the power of reconciliation.
Love During Wartime (Sweden, 2010, directed by Gabriella Bier) is a full-length documentary which follows the developing story of a couple who fall in love across the divide. Osama or "Assi" is from a village in the West Bank and Jasmin is a Jewish Israeli. She is a dancer and he is an artist – a sculptor. They can't live in Israel and the authorities hassle them in Palestine, so they must try their luck abroad. But it isn't so easy to get work visas. The personal toll is great but they persevere, searching to find a place where they can spend their lives together.