Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s Summer Film Series begins on July 1 with the Israeli feature film Bethlehem, the Israeli Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014 and nominee for 12 Israeli Ophir awards. Co-written by Israeli director Yuval Adler, and Ali Waked, an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank, and based on extensive research, Bethlehem transcends perspectives, revealing the impossible situations and moral dilemmas associated with the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence. A.O. Scott of the New York Times called Bethlehem “Terrific…kind of like a West Bank Wire.”
Bethlehem tells the story of the complex relationship between Razi, an Israeli Secret Service officer, and his teenage Palestinian informant Sanfur, who is the younger brother of Ibrahim, a highly wanted Palestinian militant. Razi, determined to capture or assassinate Ibrahim, recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, investing all his energy in the kid and developing a very intimate, almost fatherly relationship with him. Sanfur, who has always lived in his brother’s shadow, thrives on Razi’s attention. Now 17, he struggles to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both. When the Israeli Secret Service discovers how deeply involved Sanfur is in his brother’s activities, Razi is accused of crossing professional lines and is ordered to sacrifice Sanfur in an upcoming attempt to assassinate Ibrahim. As preparations for the military strike are underway both Razi and Sanfur are forced to make choices that will irreversibly change their lives.
Bethlehem is in Hebrew with English subtitles. View the trailer and learn more at: http://www.adoptfilms.com/bethlehem
Event Location: falmouth
Falmouth Jewish Congregation, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, East Falmouth, MA, 02536