Essential Cinema: Children of Abraham/Ibrahim


Directed by Orit Fouks Rotem

Israel, 2021, 1h 31min, DCP, In Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles

Essential Cinema  Children of Abraham/Ibrahim

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

This screening will be hosted by Uri Kolodney, Film and Video and Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel Studies Liaison Librarian at the University Of Texas, Austin.

Israel’s Oscar entry, CINEMA SABAYA, is a film about a group of women of both Israeli and Arab backgrounds who get together each week for a filmmaking class led by a young, ambitious director from Tel Aviv. As the women make films together, their cultural differences and similarities come to the fore.


Our annual Children of Abraham/Ibrahim series continues to look at films from an area rich in tumultuous history, art, and literature but often mired in war and misunderstanding among the three religions that trace their roots back to a shared progenitor — Abraham/Ibrahim. Filmmakers from the Middle East, North Africa, and the diasporic communities continue to hunt for a common humanity. We share in their efforts with our screening series, enhanced by guests and discussions. Films are selected from the most recent releases in Middle Eastern cinema. Presented in partnership with the University of Texas Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member from the department.

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