77 Steps | Chicago Reader

77 Steps

Though oddly reminiscent of the Sydney Pollack sudser The Way We Were, this disarming documentary is more notable for its tactful overview of Israel's diverse political currents. Ibtisam Mara'ana, an outspoken and idealistic Palestinian filmmaker, moves into a youthful section of Tel Aviv and soon catches the eye of her neighbor Jonathan, a handsome, easygoing Canadian Jewish immigrant. Their romance blooms amid their shared interests and hopes for peace, but it's tested when Mara'ana scraps a campaign for the Knesset, protesting her left-wing party's support of the 2009 intervention in Gaza, and Jonathan receives a visit from his grandfather, who inadvertently reminds him of his parents' expectation that he'll marry inside their faith. Provocative, touching, and brave, the movie considers the challenges of reintegrating Arab Israelis into the Jewish majority. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic.

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