A bittersweet coming-of-age film, Foreign Letters is itself a love letter to the unshakeable bond between friends. Set in the pre-email era of the 1980s, young Ellie, newly arrived to the US from Israel, anxiously waits for letters from her best friend back home. Suffering from homesickness, language difficulties and rejection at school, life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. As the two bond and become inseparable, they eventually hurt each other, and Ellie must find a way to restore their trust. Based on director Ela Thier's personal immigration experience, Foreign Letters is a film about poverty, prejudice, shame, and the healing power of friendship. Written by
A story of friendships without borders
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We left because in Israel everyone has to be a soldier or you go to jail, and my parents thought the war was wrong.
That's not good, it's bad.
I'm glad you have to come here, because we got to meet.
My uncle was a soldier and another Israeli soldier shot him by accident.He was my mom's little brother, and now my mom cries whenever it's Friday.