Director: Leo Khasin / Starring: Ryszard Ronczewski, Neil Belakhdar, 2011 Germany / Arabic and German w/English subtitles / 94 minutes
Growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp, 14-year-old Ali learned to hate Jews at an early age. After he and his family escape to a new life in Berlin, Ali longs to be accepted by his fellow Arab youths. To prove himself, Ali breaks into the apartment of his neighbor Alexander, an elderly Jewish war veteran. Ali's "friends" follow him in and vandalize it. Alexander returns home, recognizes Ali, and reports him to the police. To avoid deportation, Ali is forced to seek the trust and forgiveness of his enemy. Kaddish for a Friend transcends cliché in this unexpected tale of reconciliation.
Audience Award - Miami, Hong Kong, Washington, Boston Jewish Film Festivals
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