IfNotNow presents 77 STEPS

Sunday, June 24 at 8 PM

Doors 7:30 pm; $5 admission.

77 Steps (56 min, 2010), directed by Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Ibtisam Mara’ana, is a personal and direct look at the political upheavals that swept Israel in 2009 and had an immense impact on the director. Marina’s leaves her home village for Tel Aviv, where as she tries to make a new home for herself she becomes romantically involved with a Jewish immigrant from Canada. As their relationship progresses, it also becomes increasingly difficult to sustain in the political turmoil of a war raging in Gaza and the election that gives rise to the nationalistic right. Together they attempt to overcome social and personal politics in the face of an Israeli community which refuses to approve of their relationship and accept Mara’ana as an Israeli.

This screening is part of The IfNotNow Film Series, which focuses on the nuanced perspectives and complexities of living in Israel and Palestine. Through a personal lens, these films represent the realities of both Palestinians and Israelis whose lives are profoundly affected by the legal, financial and social corollaries of the Israeli occupation. IfNotNow is a movement led by young Jews working to transform the American Jewish Community’s support for the Occupation into a call for freedom and dignity for all Palestinians and Israelis. For more information about IfNotNow, please go to

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