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Jewish Film Festival

The Attack

Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends. But his picture perfect life is turned upside down after a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves 17 dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife, Siham, who also died in the explosion, was responsible. Convinced of her innocence, Amin abandons the relative security of his adopted homeland and enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. Once there, he finds himself in ever more dangerous places and situations. Determined, he presses on seeking answers to questions he never thought he would be asking. Tense, suspenseful, smart, and understated, the riveting THE ATTACK is a powerful exploration of one of the most complex political issues of our time, and it belongs in a very select group with the best foreign films of the year. 

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Lebanon| France | Qatar| Egypt | Belgium, 2012, In Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles, 105 min, Rated R, Directed by Ziad Doueiri,

“A film that explores the mystery of the human soul and the secrets that divide us.  THE ATTACK is steeped in both poignancy and intrigue, anchored by powerful performances, and it never panders by offering simple answers to complex questions.”

– Bruce DeMara, TORONTO STAR

“Thought-provoking…Ali Suliman gives a low-key yet riveting performance.”


“Provocative.  Arouses profound questions about fanaticism, cultural identity, and the essential mystery of other people, even those we think we know best.”

– Peter Keough, BOSTON GLOBE


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