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Ish lelo selolari (2010)

| Comedy, Drama | 2010 (Israel)

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Razi Shawahdeh ...
Jawdat
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Muhammad
Bassem Loulou ...
Salem
Naela Zarqawy ...
Rana
Saana Shawahdeh ...
Fadwa
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Suha (as Maysa Abd Elhadi)
Ayman Nahas ...
Sami
Amer Hlehel ...
Abu Khalid
Marwan Okal ...
Nadir
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Hassan (as Tareq Kobti)
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Love life and cell towers
1 August 2013 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The movie Ish lelo selolari was shown in the US will the title "Man Without a Cell Phone" (2012). The film was co-written and directed by Sameh Zoabi

The movie stars Razi Shawahdeh as Jawdat, a Palestinian Israeli whose primary goal is to find beautiful women--Muslim, Jewish, or Christian. He's also working to learn Hebrew so he can enter a university where instruction is in Hebrew. He's much more casual about the second goal than the first.

His father is passionate as well, although in this case the passionate quest is to remove an Israeli-owned cell tower from the village. He's convinced that the radio waves from the cell tower will cause cancer. At least that's his outward reason for his opposition. It's very possible that he opposes the cell tower because it's Israeli-owned, and because it allows the young people in the village--including his son--to have easy communication with the world outside the village. These two plots move forward together, and bring about some truly humorous situations.

I was impressed that the film takes on the important task of depicting life from the Palestinian point of view. We saw this film at the Rochester Jewish Community Center, as part of the great Rochester Jewish Film Festival. My compliments to Festival Director Lori Harter, and to the JFF Festival Committee, for bringing us a movie that is told from the Palestinian perspective, but doesn't deal primarily with life-and-death matters of armed struggle, attack, and counter-attack.

This film is currently rated 6.9 on IMDb. It's better than that, and deserves to be seen. It will work well on DVD. Find it and watch it.


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