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Run Time: 109 minutes
In 2018 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi went to prison for slapping an Israeli soldier. In response, a member of the Israeli parliament suggested that, as punishment, the Palestian girl should be shot in the knee to prevent her from walking again. Based on these real-life events, the fictional but reflective AHED’S KNEE opens with Y, a celebrated Israeli filmmaker, casting the part of Ahed for a film installation. While working to get this new project off the ground, Y takes a trip to a remote village where one of his completed films is screening at a local library. In preparation for his film screening, Y befriends Yahalom, a beautiful young woman who serves as Deputy Director of the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s Libraries department. Frustrated with the ministry’s increasing restrictions on what kind of films they will support, Y and Yahalom’s friendly conversations soon escalate to impassioned debates about humanity, art, and the country’s right to censorship. A film that itself has been approved by the Israeli Ministry of Culture, AHED’S KNEE is a shockingly introspective masterpiece, complete with avant-garde film techniques and imaginative dance breaks. —G.S.
Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 4:45 PM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes
International Narrative Competition
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