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A PLUS61J EVENT: 'A Borrowed Identity' - a film and discussion about lost identities in Israel

Course ID 32007
Price $20.00 (GST included)
Status Module is finished.
Location Scots Kirk Hall, Belmont Rd Mosman
Tutor Shahar Burla
Sessions 1 session of 3 hours
Start date Sunday, 20 August 2017
Finish date Sunday, 20 August 2017
Time 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Join us for a screening of the film "A Borrowed Identity" and a panel discussion with Journalist and Author Michael Visontay, Dr. Shahar Burla and Limor Fayena. The panel will focus on identities and clashes of identities in today's Israel. We will talk about Secular Israelis, Arab Israelis, Ultra - orthodox, foreign workers and asylum seekers living in the Jewish state.

Includes refreshments and nibbles

About the Movie:
Gifted Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom), a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan (Michael Moshonov, Lebanon) a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother, Edna (Yael Abecassis, Kadosh, Alila, To Live and Become). After falling in love with Naomi (Daniel Kitsis), a Jewish girl, he leaves school when their relationship is uncovered, and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with a choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that will change his life forever.

About the presenter

Dr Shahar Burla holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University and a PhD from Bar-Ilan University. His book "Political Imagination in the Diaspora: The Construction of a Pro-Israeli Narrative" was published in 2013 and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming book "Australia and Israel: A diasporic, political and cultural relationship" (Sussex Academic Press, 2015). Shahar also runs a discussion group on War and Peace in the Middle East through Film

Limor Fayena holds a Bachelors degree in Cinema and Television studies from Tel-Aviv University and she graduated from a scriptwriting school. Limor lectures about cinema and music and their cultural aspects in different institutions.

Michael Visontay is a journalist and author. His most recent book, written with Manny Waks, was 'Who Gave You Permission? The memoir of a child sexual-abuse survivor who fought back' (Scribe).


Plus61J is an on-line publication which provides balanced, up-to-date news and information about Israel and the Palestinians, the Middle east region and the contemporary Jewish world.

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