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In the wake of Israel's 2006 bombardment of Lebanon, a determined woman finds her way into the country convincing a taxi cab driver to take a risky journey around the scarred region in search of her sister and her son.
Nada Abou Farhat,
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Abu Laila used to be a judge, but because the government doesn't have the means to renew his assignment he is forced to be a taxi driver. On the day his daughter Laila becomes seven years old his wife insists that he'll be at home early and bring her a present and a cake. Abu Laila's has nothing else on his mind then completing this mission. But the daily life in Palestine has other plans. Written by
Absolutely endearing - especially for fathers and daughters everywhere
I had the privilege of watching the world premiere of this Palestinian movie (English title - Laila's Birthday) at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. It is filmed in Ramallah and follows the life of one father in a war-torn country and his efforts to make his daughter's birthday a special one.
The director has intricately inter-weaved the humorous situation of the main character with the obvious tragedy that's a part of everyday life in Palestine, and created a movie that touches everyone, no matter where you're from. It is by no-means a serious movie nor a depressing one - it just teaches you to take life as it comes.
It's a must-watch for people who are willing to explore movies beyond Hollywood made by people from different cultures, and see what they have to offer to the world of films. Thank you, TIFF for bringing this beautiful film to me.
10/10 to Rashid for his moving film, Mohammed Bakri for his BRILLIANT acting, and TIFF for great taste!
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