IfNotNow Presents BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS AND HILLS
Thursday, April 12 at 8 pm
Doors 7:30 pm; $5 suggested donation
Beyond the Mountains and Hills (2015, 92 min) follows an Israeli family of four – a recently discharged army lieutenant returning to civilian life, a high school teacher searching for passion in the banality of her bourgeoise life, their teenage daughter developing a political conscience, and their son looking for an outlet for his rage. As the film’s multiple protagonists navigate their private questions of ethics, emotion, and existence, their personal dilemmas begin to butt up against a greater political dilemma of Israel/Palestine. The moral ramifications of their decisions – or lack thereof – gradually form an allegory for the larger existential crisis in Israeli society and the impact of living in a constant state of occupation.
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 www.ifnotnowmovement.org.