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David 2011


Distributed by Ruth Diskin Films Ltd., P.O.Box 7153, Jerusalem, 91071, ISRAEL
Produced by Joel Fendelman, Patrick Daly, Julian Schwartz, Stephanie Levy, Maz Jobrani
Directed by Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly
DVD, color, 88 min.

Sr. High - General Adult
Islam, Judaism, Family Relations

Date Entered: 09/05/2013

Reviewed by Michael Fein, Coordinator of Library Services, Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA

A young son, Daud, of an Imam in Brooklyn is very devout and wishes to please his father, however he feels isolated from his peers and from his family to an extent. One day he notices some Orthodox Jewish boys about his same age on a nearby park bench. When they leave, one of them leaves behind his prayer book. Daud follows the boys back to their school and drops what he thinks is the Hebrew prayer book in the school mailbox. He returns home to discover that he left his late grandfather’s Koran in the mailbox! In order to get his Koran back and return the prayer book, Daud “disguises” himself as David and starts attending the Jewish school where he befriends the Jewish boys. This film touches on not only inter-faith relations but also immigrant families and parent sibling relations. The tension in the film focuses mainly on Daud and his insinuation in to the Jewish school, however the tension within his family adds to the drama. The children want to be more “American” while the father still seems to be wishing for life as it was in the old country. While the film is about Daud, the portrayal of his father really steals the show and this reviewer was more than touched by seeing the father’s concern and love for Daud at the end of the film. Technically, this film is about as perfect as one could hope for.