Events | Villa Goethe presents Leo Khasin

Los Angeles | March 21, 2013 | 7:30 PM

The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles continues the collaboration with the Villa Aurora’s “Artist in residence program.”  Under the banner “Villa Goethe” artists residing in the Villa Aurora have the opportunity to showcase their projects (past, present, and future) with the friends, patrons and guests here at the Goethe-Institut.

Kaddisch für einen Freund (Kaddish For A Friend)

Dir. Leo Khasin, Germany, 2011, 94 min., German with English subtitles, digital.

Growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp, the 14-year-old Ali Messalam learned to hate Jews at an early age. After escaping Lebanon, he and his family end up in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Here, he tries to fit in and longs for nothing more than to be accepted by his fellow Arab youths. But to gain this recognition, he has to prove himself. In a test of courage, he breaks into the apartment of his Russian neighbor Alexander Zamskoy, an 84-year-old Jewish WWII veteran. But Ali’s “friends” follow him into the apartment and vandalize the old man’s home with abandon. Alexander only recognizes Ali when he returns home earlier than expected and reports him to the police. To avoid being sentenced and deported, Ali is forced to seek out closeness to his enemy…
"Kaddish for a friend" is a tragicomic story about friendship, trust and the art of forgiveness.

Discussion with Leo Khasin and Reception following the screening.

Location: Goethe-Institut Los Angeles / 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036


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