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May 17
Film depicts quirky father-daughter reunion

Our May film, Off-White Lies,  is a quirky story about a daughter who is reunited with her irresponsible father in Israel, set against the background of the Lebanon war.

After years of living apart from her dad, Libi, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager, is sent to live with him is Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Libi quickly discovers that her dad, Shaul, is an infantile eccentric, and that he is “in-between” apartments' (in other words, homeless).

Shaul comes up with a creative plan to put a roof over their heads: they pose as refugees from the bombarded northern region of Israel, and are taken in by a well-off family in Jerusalem. Finally in a “normal” household, Shaul and Libby begin to build their relationship, but their false identities can’t last forever, especially as Libby unleashes teenage fury at the lies permeating her life— those she must tell now, and those she’s been fed since childhood.

It stars Elya Inbar as Libi and Gur Bentwich as her father. The director, Maya Kenig,  was born in Israel in 1979. She studied at the London Film School and at the Sam Spiegal Film School in Jerusalem. This was her first full-length film.
JCF films move to weekday evenings this month. We’ll see it on Thursday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. in the Braunstein Community Room.