Dir. Ganit Ilouz (52min, Israel, 2013)
In Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles
DC Premiere 

Hadeel is a young charismatic teacher from Wadi Ara who teaches Arabic in a Jewish primary school. We follow this brilliant, intrepid woman for a year, at her school and home. The daily interaction she has with pupils and staff opens a cross-cultural dialogue, challenging divisive stereotypes and building a connection between Muslims and Jews. This is juxtaposed against her daily struggles with being an Arab citizen of Israel and being a single Muslim woman in her late twenties. Equal parts inspiring and heartbreaking, Hadeel’s story offers an unflinching glimpse of Israel in all of its beautiful– and at times excruciating–complexity.

Laura Katz Cutler will introduce the Thursday, March 6 screening at the Katzen Arts Center.

Dan Chyutin, American University Schusterman Visiting Artist, will moderate the discussion with Ganit Ilouz following the March 6 screening.

Part of the 4th Annual Community Education Day on Israeli Arab Issues. Director Ganit Ilouz in conversation following the screenings.


Dove's Cry is the first full length documentary for director Ganit Ilouz. Her past projects include short documentaries, amongst them Hebrew Labor, 2010, screened at the 13th Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival and The Perfect Human, 2005, which won the Grillo Award at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Thursday, March 6, 6:45 pm

Katzen Arts Center, American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC

Sunday, March 9, 1:30 pm
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


 "An independent woman who resists her Muslim family’s constant urgings to marry, she is beloved by her students—who are often seen hugging, serenading, and cheering her on over the course of the school year—as well as by her Jewish co-workers."
-Sigal Samuel, The Daily Beast



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