Mother V

A mother sets out to reconcile her ailing husband with her jailed son, a nuclear technician imprisoned for revealing state secrets, in this 2001 episode from the TV series Voices From the Heartland. Journeying through the forbidding desert to reach the jail, she meets a bedouin shepherd and reveals the crime that stigmatizes her religious family. The son's predicament is loosely based on a true story, and director Shahar Rozen adds to the film's authenticity by shooting in and around Dimona, the center of Israel's nuclear facilities. But the film's real highlight is Levana Finkelstein's dignified performance as the anxious and illiterate mother, torn between maternal love and family loyalty. In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. 52 min.

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