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Holy Air (2017)

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Adam is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth--member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women's rights. When Adam hears that Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he evaluates his life and realizes that he has not achieved much. Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big. And what's better to sell in the Holy Land other than the very air that Virgin Mary breathed during her annunciation? But in order to, as one priest tells Adam during confession, bring such product into the market he needs to find allies from the three cultures ruling over Nazareth--the Jewish politicians, the Muslim mafia boss and the Catholic church officials. In a politically unstable world where religion is just another merchandise, can the Holy Air be Adam's salvation or is it just an illusion?

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Cast

Shmulik Calderon
as Priest Roberto
Tarek Copty
as Adam's father
Byan Anteer
as Mohamed
Kher Fody
as Peddler 1
Husam Gulies
as Peddler 3
Yussuf Abu-Warda
as Warda-Gynecologist
Khalil Kadoura
as Peddler 2
Maisra Masri
as Interviewer
Usmi Masri
as Priest
Albir Mireb
as Abu-Alhassan
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Critic Reviews for Holy Air

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

The humor in Holy Air is inseparable from its poignancy, and every element of the film expresses that interconnection, from the performances to the spirited, melancholy-laced score by Habib Shehadeh Hanna.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

As a wry commentary on religious tourism, and the limited avenues of prosperity for occupied, idealistic Arabs, "Holy Air" is tartly effective.

November 16, 2017 | Full Review…

With a masterful sense of framing, Srour and cinematographer Daniel Miller turn beautifully composed shots into absurdist delights with a simple twist.

November 15, 2017 | Full Review…

A sly satire of consumerism and faith - which in this case has a major overlap - that isn't afraid of melancholic contemplation and complication

March 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Obvious satire about the commercialization of religion can carry the movie so far, and the most interesting thing about Holy Air becomes its depiction of the lives of Arab Christians living in Israel's West Bank.

January 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Holy Air provides a vivid snapshot of modern life in an ancient city.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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