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Explorations: The International Film Series

October 6, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Lemon Tree
2008 – Israel / Arabic and Hebrew
Biography / Drama – NR

This event has 2 screenings – 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply through her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank’s occupied territory. The Israeli defense minister and his wife move next door and then the Secret Service orders the trees removed for security. The stoic Salma seeks assistance from the Palestinian Authority (useless), Israeli army (dismissive), and a young attorney, Ziad Daud, who takes the case; this older client attracts him. While the courts deliberate, the Israelis fence her trees and prohibit her from entering the grove. As the trees wither, the defense minister’s wife and, separately, an Israeli journalist, look on Salma with sympathy. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath?
(107 minutes)

Due to the variety of languages and accents represented, as well as accommodation for the hearing impaired, all films are shown with English subtitles.


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