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Story of Social Change 'Bar Bahar' Screens Feb. 23

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SUMMIT, NJ - The area premiere of "Bar Bahar" ('In Between') a taboo-breaking film by first-time director Maysaloun Hamoud centering on three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv, will be held February 23, beginning at 8 p.m. The film is in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

Hosted by the Film Society of Summit, “Bar Bahar” is fatalistic about the local political situation, pessimistic about men and encouraged by the power of female solidarity. An unusually welcoming and engaging film, "Bar Behar" invites viewers to become a part of the circle of friends it depicts with energy and warmth.

This film focuses not on politics but on daily life, yet its portrait of social change is most revealing. As the film documents, alongside the traditional male-dominated Arab family structure there exist independent females who are incredibly cool and part of an uninhibited underground scene that looks more like Beirut than Tel Aviv. Hamoud recounts all this in a breezy, light-hearted dramedy of girl power. 

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​This courageous film shows the difficulty of coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis and the pull between tradition and modern life in Tel Aviv. The director has paid a price for this outspoken taboo-breaking film - she earned the first fatwa from Palestine in nearly 70 years.

The program will be held at MONDO. located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door, and can be reserved by contacting summitfilm@gmail.com or purchasinf at the venue. Seating is limited. For more information, call 973-)885-1983 or visit summitfilmsociety.com.

 

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