Western Massachusetts Premiere
Sunday, March 26, 7:00 PM
Amherst Cinema, Amherst
An Israeli woman living under false pretenses is haunted by her past in this powerful meditation on the personal and political nature of identity.
Born into a Palestinian family, the naïve and love-struck Nadia (Neta Shpigelman) severs ties to her Jerusalem home life, and follows a PLO activist (Ali Suliman) to London where they secretly marry. When her husband is arrested, Nadia finds herself alone and in exile, with no option of returning to Israel where she is viewed as a terrorist. Flash forward twenty years: Nadia has forged a new identity as Maya, an Israeli Jew who by all appearances enjoys a successful life as a choreographer, devoted mother, and wife to a high-ranking Ministry of Justice official (Oded Leopold). But the resurfacing of a figure from her past threatens to unravel both her family and her own sense of self.
Sponsored by the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst
Nominated for Best Actress, Screenplay, Cinematography, Makeup and Music at the Ophir (Israeli Academy) Awards; Winner of the Israeli Film Critics Forum Prize at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Drama | 2016 | 115 minutes
Israel | Hebrew, English, and Arabic with subtitles
Directed by Tova Ascher