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For my father
Spielmann, Zvi, producer.
Publication Information:
[Herzliya, Israel] : Israfilm ; [[New York, NY] : Distributed by Film Movement, 2009.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tarek is a young Palestinian soccer player who has crossed the blockade into Tel Aviv on a suicide-bombing mission. He gets to the crowded marketplace and is all set to do the deed but much to his surprise, when he presses the button the bomb doesn't go off. He finds someone to fix it, but it will take two days, so he has to wait--wearing a jacket full of dynamite that he can't take off. While waiting, he meets Israeli people who make him question the hatred he was raised on--especially Keren. Keren runs her small shop and life with an attitude and style reminiscent of punk--and is constantly harassed by traditionalists offended by same. Now Tarek doesn't want to go through with it, but the terrorist group has a plan to make sure he does.
General Note:
Special features: Biographies [text feature]; Theatrical trailer (2 min.); Also available from Film Movement [text feature]; Trailers from the Film Movement catalog (4 min.); This month's short film "Ali & the ball" by Alex Holmes (15 min.); About Film Movement [text feature].
Day begins -- Like his father -- Market -- Help -- Different view -- Tea talk -- Go for a ride -- In the past -- Quiet street -- Beach -- Time for action -- Credits.
Reading Level:
MPAA Rating: Not rated; this film portrays adult situations and language.
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Central Library DVD 65628 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video
Audubon Library DVD 65628 Adult DVD Foreign Language
Grand Island Library DVD 65628 Adult DVD Audio Visual
Hamburg Library DVD 65628 Adult DVD Foreign Language
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library DVD 65628 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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A man prepared to commit a profound act of hatred unexpectedly discovers compassion and understanding in this drama from Israeli filmmaker Dror Zahavi. Tarek (Shredi Jabarin) is an Arab man in his early twenties who left behind a promising career in soccer to join a radical terrorist group. Tarek volunteers to be a suicide bomber and travels from Tulkarem to Tel Aviv, planning to explode himself in the Carmel Market on a busy Saturday morning. However, Tarek's bomb turns out to be a dud, and he's left stranded with nowhere to go. Looking for a place to spend the night, Tarek is befriended by Katz (Shlomo Vishinsky), an aging electrician who lost his only son to fighting against the Arab states. As the day wears on, Tarek meets Keren (Hili Yalon), a woman who was raised in an ultra-Orthodox household and left her family behind in search of her own freedom. Tarek finds a kindred spirit in Keren and acceptance in Katz, forcing him to reexamine the choices that brought him to Tel Aviv in the first place. Sof Shavua Be-Tel Aviv (aka For My Father) received its North American premiere at the 2008 Montreal World Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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