Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

A Borrowed Identity
(a.k.a. Dancing Arabs)

Year: 2014
Country: ISRAEL
Run Time: 104 minutes

A Borrowed Identity
A Borrowed Identity
A Borrowed Identity
A Borrowed Identity

“Sometimes I forget you’re an Arab,” says Yonatan, a Jewish Israeli teen with muscular dystrophy, to his best friend Eyad. “Yeah, me too,” Eyad responds. For the past two years, Eyad has been the sole Arab student at a highly competitive boarding school in Jerusalem. Having grown up in a predominantly Arab village in Israel, Eyad had a difficult time acclimating to the school. But thanks to Yonatan, whom Eyad met through a service program, and Naomi, Eyad’s Jewish girlfriend, Eyad’s experiences in Jerusalem haven’t been completely miserable. Still, he cannot escape the stigma associated with his ethnicity among the majority of Jewish Israelis. Naomi’s parents, for instance, would admittedly rather she get cancer than date an Arab. Not yet ready to reject his past entirely, Eyad can’t help but fantasize about having A BORROWED IDENTITY. Set in the ten years following the 1982 Lebanon War, Eran Riklis’s coming-of-age drama – based on Sayed Kashua’s semi-autobiographical book Dancing Arabs – powerfully depicts how systemic prejudice impacts an individual’s sense of self. (In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles) – E.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM -
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:45 AM -
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Jewish and Israeli Visions

Eran Riklis

Born in Jerusalem in 1954, Eran Riklis studied at Beaconsfield National Film School in England. A self-proclaimed global filmmaker, Riklis has garnered numerous awards within Israel and around the world.

"On a Clear Day You Can See Damascus" (1984), "Cup Final" (1991), "Zohar" (1993), "Volcano Junction" (1999), "Temptation" (2002), "The Syrian Bride" (2004), "Lemon Tree" (2008) – 33rd CIFF, "The Human Resources Manager" (2010) – 35th CIFF, "Playoff" (2011), "Zaytoun" (2012), A BORROWED IDENTITY (2014)

Bettina Brokemper, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Michael Eckelt, Chilik Michaeli

Sayed Kashua

Michael Wiesweg

Richard Marizy

Principal Cast
Tawfeek Barhom, Ali Suliman, Yaƫl Abecassis

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