Dead of Jaffa, The (2019)

N/R, Drama, 96 Minutes

With their father in prison and mother dead, three children from the West Bank are smuggled into Israel and taken to the house of their distant relatives, George and Rita, in Jaffa. Rita, who longs for a child, embraces them as her own but George is wary of the grave legal implications their actions might have. Meanwhile, a British film director recreates 1947 Jaffa outside George and Rita’s house. When their present-day reality meets the historical events that led to it, tragedy ensues.

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SBIFF Schedule
  • 01/19/2020
  • Metro 1
  • 5:00 pm - 6:36 pm
  • 01/20/2020
  • Metro 1
  • 11:00 am - 12:36 pm
Reviewed on January 12, 2020 by Jon Kaye


7.5 out of 10 - Wonderful portrayal of a Palestinian-Israeli interaction. (Jon)
9.0 - Extraordinarily powerful view of Palestinian life in Israel. (Michael S.)
8.0 - Clever telling of a captivating story. (Kathy W.)
7.0 - Powerful. (Meryl B.)
6.5 - Thought provoking, good ending. Took a long time to get there. (Carol S.)

Craft 76%
Artistry 74%
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