September 18, 2014

"Laila's Birthday" ... a rare look at life on the West Bank in Israel/Palestine

A must-see movie about everyday life for the people on the West Bank. 

St. Joseph Episcopal Church in Lakewood, CO is showing this film on 10/11. But you can rent this film from Netflix or purchase it from Amazon if you cannot attend the viewing at St. Joseph's! The film gives personal, creative insight into life on the West Bank. Watch it with friends so you can talk about it. We're pretty sure that issues about Palestine/Israel will come up at The Episcopal Church General Convention next summer in Salt Lake City. This good film may give you some insights. Let us know what you think???

Here's what The New York Times says about it: "Laila's Birthday follows a harrowing day in the life of an overqualified cab driver in Ramallah, the Palestinian city on the West Bank and de facto capital of the Palestinian Authority. This upright, middle-aged husband and father, Abu Laila (Mohamed Bakri), is a proud, well-dressed judge who has recently returned to his hometown from an unidentified country. Because the government has run out of money to pay his judicial wages, he is forced to earn a living driving his brother-in-law's taxi.

"His unresolved situation is one of many personal complications in a movie, written and directed by Rashid Masharawi ("Waiting," "Curfew"), that compiles a sky-high dossier of everyday urban frustrations and small absurdities all magnified by the Israeli occupation. There are scattered glimpses of joy.”

--Bonnie Anderson

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