Thu, Jul 21 6:30 pm

Director: Eran Riklis, Starring: Tawfeek Barhom, In Arabic Hebrew with English subtitles
Guest Speaker: Professor Susan S. Lanser

Directed by one of Israel’s most celebrated directors, A Borrowed Identity delves into the life of a smart Arab youth and two Israeli teens he befriends at an elite boarding school in Jerusalem. With war waging in the background, the three navigate the landscape as teenagers do, with only a partial nod to reality and attention to social norms. The film, a semi-autobiographical screenplay by Arab-Israeli journalist Sayed Kashua, offers a powerful perspective on coexistence in the Middle East.


Susan S. Lanser Professor Emerita of English, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Literature Brandeis University & Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan collaborated on the essay: “Israeli–Palestinian narratives and the politics of form: reading Side by Side”. As the first foray into a larger study of conflicting Israeli and Palestinian narratives through a narratological lens, this essay focuses on a single volume, Side by Side: Parallel Histories of IsraelPalestine (2012).

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