The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) continues its AJFF Selects screening series with Tel Aviv on Fire, a big-hearted satire where a soap opera writer finds himself caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The screening will be held at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center onWednesday, June 19 at 7:40 p.m. Tickets go on sale to the public this Wednesday, May 22, for $15 and can be purchased here.
Awarded Best Israeli Film at the Haifa International Film Festival, Tel Aviv on Fire follows a charming thirtysomething Palestinian slacker, Salam (Kais Nashef), as he drives between Jerusalem and the West Bank for his lowly job as a production assistant on a cheesy soap opera, where his uncle is a top executive. The TV show, whose action is set just before and during the Six Day War, is stilted and melodramatic but has a devoted following in both Israel and the Territories. Stopped each day at a checkpoint to reach the television studio, Salam crosses paths with an authoritarian Israeli commander Assi (Yaniv Biton), who begins contributing his own ideas for the show. Aspiring to make it as a screenwriter, Salam becomes entangled in an absurd series of quid pro quos, the action jumping slyly among fiction, fact and farce in skewering Middle East politics.
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About AJFF Selects:
AJFF Selects brings the same caliber of world-class films from the annual festival to audiences year-round. This special film series features outstanding new international and independent films, enhanced with expert speakers and guest filmmakers. AJFF Selects screenings are made possible by the generous support of the Helen Marie Stern Memorial Fund.