Sayed Kashua – Forever Scared

2009 | Israel | Color | 52 min

Arabic, Hebrew, w/Eng. Subtitles
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Screened at SFJFF 2010

Sayed Kashua (2010 SFJFF Freedom of Expression Award winner) is a talented and ambitious Israeli writer with a top-rated television comedy series, Arab Labor, but Kashua never feels at home. He’s a Palestinian citizen of Israel, a walking, talking oxymoron, an invisible man constantly called upon to justify himself, his work and even his decision to write in Hebrew. Director Dorit Zimbalist’s fast-paced documentary follows Kashua’s search for a home for his family, making us feel what it’s like to be a stranger in your own land, constantly afraid of the violence that ripples just beneath the surface. Filmed over seven years, Sayed Kashua – Forever Scared is a fascinating journey inside the complicated life and complex mind of a unique creative force.—Alan Snitow

Sayed Kashua in person at the Castro.


Dorit Zimbalist
Evytar Lavy, Dorit Zimbalist
Batsheva Janco
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