Playback: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea vs. Aida's Secrets

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

Dir: Therri Binisti • France, Israel • 2011 • 99 mins • Arabic, French, Hebrew, with subtitles

This Romeo and Juliet Internet-age tale charts the long-distance, politically-charged liaison between Tal, 17, a French-Israeli student, and Naïm, 20, a Palestinian living with his widowed mother. After a deadly Tel Aviv suicide bombing, Tal lobs a bottle into the Mediterranean, with a note seeking answers. Retrieved by Naïm, the two correspond, at first warily and acerbically, given tensions in Gaza. The film avoids easy answers and pathos while delivering a potent take on amity and love amid the Middle East divide.

 

Aida's Secret

Dir: Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz • Canada, Israel • 2016 • 90 mins • English, Hebrew, with subtitles

Long-lost brothers seek their true lineage in this complex inquiry of identity. Born in the chaotic Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp, each not knowing the other, and separated from their Polish mother Aida, Izak was sent for adoption in Israel, and visually impaired Shepsel landed in Canada. With help, they meet after 65 years, then join aged Aida in a tearful reunion. But new intrigue emerges about Aida's life and the men’s biological father, holding the trauma of displaced persons right until the end credits.


 
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