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Date(s) - 02/04/2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


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Film: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Thursday, February 4 at 7:30pm

Marchesa Theater 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies is partnering with Austin Film Society to present four films in February from the Middle East. All screenings will take place at the AFS Marchesa Theater, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin (near the former Highland Mall).

High school and university students are eligible for free tickets—requires an AFS “learn membership” (also free, verification of enrollment required). For more information, visit:https://www.austinfilm.org/education/learn-membership

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Thierry Binisti, Israel/France/Canada, 2011, 100 mins
In Hebrew, Arabic and French with English Subtitles
Thursday, February 4, 2016
7:30 PM

In a time of Palestinian suicide-bombers boarding Israeli buses and an ongoing exchange of bombardment for rockets, a young Israeli girl chooses to reach out to someone “on the other side.” Fate intercedes and places Tal’s note into the hands of a young Palestinian. With sarcasm arising from bitterness, Naim answers her plea to understand why some Palestinians are willing to blow themselves up in Israel. She replies in like manner, but with time their emails become more personal and revealing. Eventually their exchange of feelings and ideas removes barriers and leads to changes in each life.

This film is based on the book, which received an honorable mention from the Middle East Book Award (Youth Literature category) in 2008.