A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA - Co-presented with the Maine Jewish Film Festival
Starts: Feb 10 2013 - 3:30pm
Ends: Feb 10 2013 - 5:30pm
Rockland, ME 04841
Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives a response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Naïm.
Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti. The New York Times calls it “a gentle pairing of youthful idealism and tenacious hope” and a “heartfelt engagement with war as experienced by those still growing into their opinions and allegiances.”
"It raises the hope that someday, perhaps, there can be a meeting of Israeli and Palestinian minds." - New York Post