OMAHA – The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies is partnering with Film Streams to present a one-time screening of Israeli drama “A Borrowed Identity.” A discussion with author/screenwriter Sayed Kashua and fellow Israeli writer Assaf Gavron will follow the film.
The screening is set for Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 for adults; $7 for students, teachers, military or seniors; and $4.50 for members. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, or at Film Streams’ box office (1340 Mike Fahey Street).
“A Borrowed Identity” tells the story of a Palestinian Israeli boy given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school. The gifted student soon learns he’ll have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted.
Adapted for the screen from Kashua’s 2002 memoir, the film explores the challenges of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. It’s a familiar theme for Kashua. He’s well known in Israel for his television sitcom “Arab Labor,” which comically tackles religious, cultural and political differences.
Kashua will be joined by acclaimed author and translator Assaf Gavron, Visiting Israeli Scholar at the Schwalb Center. Gavron’s latest novel, “The Hilltop,” follows Israeli families settling in the West Bank.
The Schwalb Center’s mission is to create, coordinate, and promote an interdisciplinary program focusing on teaching and scholarship in Jewish and Israeli history, politics, culture and society.
The upcoming screening is part of Film Streams’ Community Development Program, which facilitates partnerships with other nonprofits and community groups on film-related events that speak to their missions and programming.
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