AJFF Selects: Tel Aviv on Fire


AJFF Selects screenings are made possible by the generous support of the Helen Marie Stern Memorial Fund.

Join us in June for our next AJFF Selects, Tel Aviv on Fire, a satirical soap-operatic spin on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what The Hollywood Reporter calls “a witty and warm hearted look at a divided land.”

Before the film, enjoy hummus and other Mediterranean eats with the food truck Gyro Chef, which will be on-site at City Springs at 6:00 PM. 

When: Wednesday, June 19 at 7:40 PM
Where: Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center (1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328)
Tickets: $15 (AJFF Members receive a 20% discount)

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About the Film:

A soap opera writer finds himself caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the audacious, big-hearted satire Tel Aviv On Fire.

A charming thirtysomething Palestinian slacker, Salam (Kais Nashef) drives between Jerusalem and the West Bank for his lowly job as a production assistant on a cheesy soap opera, where his uncle is a top exec. The TV show, whose action is set just before and during the Six Day War, is stilted and melodramatic but has a devoted following in both Israel and the Territories. Stopped each day at a checkpoint to reach the television studio, Salam crosses paths with an authoritarian Israeli commander Assi (Yaniv Biton), who begins contributing his own ideas for the show. Aspiring to make it as a screenwriter, Salam becomes entangled in an absurd series of quid pro quos, the action jumping slyly among fiction, fact and farce in skewering Middle East politics.

Says Screen Daily: “Sameh Zoabi’s zippy comedy takes clever basic ingredients and runs with them, affectionately lampooning stereotypical attitudes about Arabs and Jews and how each group supposedly demands to be depicted.” Best Israeli Film winner at the Haifa International Film Festival.


About AJFF Selects

AJFF Selects brings the same caliber of world-class films from the annual festival to audiences year round. This special film series features outstanding new international and independent films, enhanced with expert speakers and guest filmmakers. AJFF Selects screenings are made possible by the generous support of the Helen Marie Stern Memorial Fund.