Dir. Adi Adwan (82min, Israel, 2013)
In Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles
The first feature by an Israeli-Druze filmmaker, Adi Adwan’s Arabani is a beautifully crafted tale about Yosef, who, newly divorced from his Jewish wife, returns to his Druze village. There he attempts to rekindle old friendships, connect with his former bride-to-be, and mend relations with his mother. Meanwhile his children – bright, irreverent, secular Jews – find that adjusting to the traditional and restrained Druze ways comes with as many adventures as dangerous pitfalls.
Born in the village of Daliat el Carmel, Adi Adwan studied film and TV at Tel Hai College in Israel. Over the years he collaborated with some of Israel's leading filmmakers, including Eitan Harris, and Ali Nasser. His first feature film, Wana Wahdi, was produced by Al Jazeera in 2009.