Feature. 2016. 88 min. Directed by Elite Zexer. Starring Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Hitham Omari and Khadija Al Akel.
In Arabic with English subtitles. Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema, Sundance Film Festival 2016.
The director’s debut feature film offers us a rare insider’s view of a culture visitors to Israel may only know from dining in a Bedouin tent. Zexer, a Jewish Israeli woman, spent 10 years interacting with Bedouin women before crafting this fine drama of a mother facing her husband’s second wife and her daughter caught between tradition and modernity.
Professor Elie Rekhess
Born in Haifa, Professor Rekhess (Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, 1986) is the author of 15 books on the contemporary Middle East, the Arab minority in Israel, the Israeli-Arab conflict, Palestinian politics and political Islam. He is presently the Crown Visiting Professor in Israel Studies at Northwestern University and heads the Israel Studies program at the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies at the University.