The International Film Series continues at International House, 10 College Park, Davis, on the first and third Fridays of the month.
The films are sponsored by the United Nations Association of Davis and I-House, and there is no charge, but donations are appreciated to help cover the cost of the DVD rental or purchase, facilities use and the refreshments that are served at 7:30 p.m.Programs begin promptly at 8 p.m.
The Friday, March 6, show is “Jaffa” (2009, Israel/Germany/France, directed by Keren Yedaya, 106 min.)
Reuven Wolf’s (Moni Moshonov) garage in Jaffa is a family business that employs son Meir (Roy Assaf) and daughter Mali (Dana Ifgy), as well as a Palestinian Arab, Toufik (Mahmud Shalaby) and Toufik’s father, Hassan (Hussein Yassin Mahajne).
Mali is a quiet young woman who is the good daughter at home and at her job, while Meir is moody and often precipitates conflict both at home, especially with his mother, Ossi (Ronit Elkabetz), and at work where he chafes at his father’s claim that Toufik is a more reliable worker. Nobody suspects that Mali and Toufik have been secretly in love for many years.
On the day of final preparations for them to get secretly married, Meir and Toufik get into a fight that results in Meir’s accidental death and Toufik’s conviction of manslaughter. When Mali finally tells her parents that she is pregnant, she hides the identity of the father and decides not to have an abortion. She raises her daughter Shiran (Lily Igvy) in her parents’ home. When Toufik is released from prison after nine years, Mali has to make some very difficult decisions.