Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

The Dead of Jaffa

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Three children from the West Bank are smuggled into Israel, arriving at the doorstep of George and Rita’s house in Jaffa. Their mother is dead, and their father has been sentenced for life. As Israeli Palestinians, George is afraid that hiding illegal aliens will endanger Rita and himself, while Rita believes the arrival of these children could give meaning to her life. Nearby, a foreign film is being shot. Jerry, an English director, is making a movie about his parents’ love affair in 1947, when they served in the British army in Palestine. George is invited to play a part. When the two stories intertwine, tensions erupt.


When their present-day reality meets the historical events that led to it, tragedy ensues. Politically engaged Israeli director Ram Loevy’s new, heart-wrenching film is a sharp comment on the roots – and future – of a decades-long conflict.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Language
    Hebrew, Arabic with English Subtitles
  • Country
    Israel
  • Premiere
    East Coast US
  • Note
    Awards: Nominated – Best Israeli Feature, Jerusalem Film Festival 2019
  • Director
    Ram Loevy
  • Screenwriter
    Gilad Evron, Ala Hlehel
  • Producer
    Itai Tamir
  • Cast
    Yussuf Abu-Warda, Bilal Babai, Jihad Babay
  • Editor
    Neta Braun
  • Music
    Ran Bagno