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"Maybe the most beautiful, powerful and important film ever made about the tragedies of the Middle East."

– Slavoj Zizek
 
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FORGIVENESS

A film by Udi Aloni

Starring: Itay Tiran, Clara Khoury, Moni Moshonov, Makram Khoury

Israel/USA 2007, 97 minutes, Color, 35mm

 
     
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  A daring hybrid of realism and fantasy, Forgiveness is a psychological thriller that explores the tragedies of the Middle East. David, a young American-Israeli, returns to Israel to join the army, only to find himself in a catatonic state after accidentally shooting a Palestinian girl while on patrol. He returns to New York under his father's care, believing that his horrific past is behind him…until his love for a Palestinian woman reopens the gates of his trauma zone.  
     
 

"Maybe the most beautiful, powerful and important film ever made about the tragedies of the Middle East....Forgiveness thinks with emotions."
-Slavoj Zizek, philosopher; Guest Director of the 2008 Telluride Film Festival

"Told with the tumbling urgency of the deeply personal…overlaid with an impressionistic vigor and thematic intricacy.” – Michelle Orange, Village Voice

"A stunningly poetic feature. A boldly imaginative and lyrical story.” – Prairie Miller, WBAI

"Forgiveness provides us with a measure of the distance between our capacity for understanding and the terrors we choose instead…trembling the underground, indeed."
-Tony Kushner, writer, Angels in America

"Aloni is clearly an artist of intelligence and talent. The cast is uniformly excellent…and the film is stunningly beautiful to look at.” – George Robinson, Jewish Week

"My god, how could an Israeli-American director capture the moment of sadness in a Palestinian woman’s eyes in such an accurate way? The director made me feel dry in my throat and made me hold my chest to make sure that my heart was still in place. And I wish for more powerful films, like this one, that show me that there are still honorable men, and that you can see the other’s face as human, with no differences of race or color." – Moheeb Al-Barghouti, Il Quds, Palestine

"Enormously powerful and important, wrenching and beautiful and devastating.”
– Judith Butler, UC Berkeley

 
     

 

 

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