11th Annual MSU Israeli Film Festival
(Movie / Film)
Marc Bernstein, film festival coordinator
Co-sponsored by African Studies Center; Asian Studies Center; Center for Gender in Global Context; College of Arts and Letters; Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages; Department of Religious Studies; Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities; Greater Lansing Jewish Welfare Federation; Hadassah Lansing; James Madison College; Lynn and Elliot Spoon; MSU Hillel Jewish Student Center; Muslim Studies Program; Peace and Justice Studies; and University Activities Board.
8:00 pm "A Borrowed Identity" (2014), directed by Eran Riklis
(Drama, 104 minutes)
Gifted Eyad, a Palestinian Israeli village teen, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to ﬁt in with his Jewish schoolmates and adapt to Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan, a boy suffering from MS, and falls in love with a Jewish classmate, Naomi. Eventually, Eyad faces a choice that will change his life forever. Based on the novel by Sayed Kashua, who also wrote the screenplay, the film received Israeli Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, and Best Sound.
Discussant: Dr. Sammy Mansour, College of Law, MSU