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Tel Aviv on Fire

The young Salam contributes to a popular Palestinian espionage series, which is also appreciated by Jewish viewers. This popularity puts him in an extremely difficult position.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Tel Aviv on Fire

Salam’s (Kais Nashif) uncle got him a job at the espionage-themed soap opera Tel Aviv on Fire. The show is about a Palestinian female spy who starts an affair with a Jewish general, while also in a relationship with a resistance fighter. The Palestinian series is also popular among Jewish viewers, including the wife of the soldier who mans the checkpoint that Salam passes each day on his way to the studio in Ramallah. In exchange for free passage, the man starts to make extreme demands about the plot, just to please his wife. The series' producers, on the other hand, have very different ideas on how the plot should develop. Salam is caught between two fires ...

With his well-aimed humor Sameh Zoabi paints a hilarious portrait of mutual relations in a strongly politicized society in which creative freedom is unattainable.

Only on Mon Aug 12 with English subs at 7:00 pm

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