Dir. Tzahi Grad | 92 min
Narrative Israel 2017 Hebrew with English subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere
Saturday, May 56:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
Thursday, May 108:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC
Naftali, an open-minded Israeli, begins to question his liberal convictions when the Palestinian day laborer he hires is accused of a heinous crime against a local teenage girl. As rumor and innuendo catch fire, the local media personality—whose reality TV project promotes Jewish-Arab dialogue—is at first stringent in his defense of Fahed, but soon finds himself contending with an inner racism he finds hard to shake.
A brilliantly conceived and executed dark comedy, The Cousin landed actor-writer-director Tzahi Grad a Best Actor award at the Haifa Film Festival.
- Grad's script succeeds at placing us in Naftali's shoes, prompting the audience to question where justified suspicion ends and subcutaneous prejudice begins. ― The Hollywood Reporter
This event finished on May 11, 2018.