A Borrowed Identity 2015

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A young Arab in Israel struggles to find his place and an identity.

Cast & Crew

Yael Abecassis
Edna
Laetitia Eido
Fahima
Daniel Kitsis
Naomi
Sayed Kashua
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Jonathan Riklis
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  • Nov 14, 2015
    A Palestinian boy grows up in Jerusalem, falls for an Israeli Jewish girl, and must borrow the identity of a schoolmate. What begins as a realistic and compelling retelling of Romeo and Juliet becomes a fascinating criticism of identity, religion, and politics. Eyad's rather blithe transformation from Palestinian anathema to Israeli citizen reveals how socially constructed and fluid such labels are and the failures of the politics that condemn rather than unite. The plot unfolds a bit slowly, and I could have done without the boyhood scenes, but once the film picks up steam, it's deft, critical, and remarkable. Overall, director Eran Riklis's examination of the culture and make-up of Jerusalem is intelligent and should be required viewing for anyone thinking seriously about Israel and Palestine.
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