Dana Ivgy, Monie Moshonov, Ronit Elkabetz

JAFFA

Jaffa, not far from Tel-Aviv. In a garage owned by an Israeli work an Arab mechanic and his son Toufik, secretly in love with the boss’ daughter, Mali. Relations between Jewish business people and Arab employees are apparently good, but Mali and Toufik have been hiding their love affair from their families for quite some time, afraid of their reactions. When the girl gets pregnant the pair decides to elope but the plan goes up in smoke after a series of tragic events that will leave nothing as it was before.

The filmmaker

 

Born in the United States in 1972, Keren Jedaya has been living in Israel since 1975. After studying film and photography in Tel Aviv, she joined several associations in defence of women’s rights and for the liberation of Palestinian terrorists. Her films, highly political, often deal with women striving for dignity in a militaristic society dominated by men and by class differences. After three short subjects (Elinor, 1994, Lulu, 1998, and Les dessous, 2000), in 2004 she directed her first fictional feature, Or, concerned with prostitution, which won the Critics’ Week Grand Prix and the Caméra d’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Jaffa was presented out of competition at the 2009 Cannes Festival.

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