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Directed by Sameh Zoabi

2010

Belgium/Israel/France/Palestine

83 minutes

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HOUSTON PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL

Man without a Cell Phone

Ish lelo selolari

Introduced by director Sameh Zoabi

“Jawdat, a restless young concrete worker, just wants to have fun with his friends, talk on his cell phone and find love—a near impossible task in a place where politics and traditional values dominate. Adding to Jawdat's problems is his curmudgeonly father, Salem, who establishes the film's irreverent tone with his opening pronouncement of his people’s dilemma: 'Coexistence, my ass!'

"Dragging Jawdat and the entire village into his outrageous battle against an Israeli cell-phone tower that he fears is poisoning them with radiation, Salem and his hysterical behavior stand in stark contrast to Jawdat’s cool attitude that wins the hearts of Muslim, Christian, and even Jewish girls while wrestling with college entrance exams. In his humorous, sharp take on the social milieu of a Palestinian village inside Israel, director Zoabi realizes good-natured humor often produces a far stronger impact than bludgeoning audiences with polemics.” 
—DOHA Tribeca Film Festival

Special ticket prices apply! Individual tickets are $10. MFAH Members, senior adults, students with ID, and members of Film Buffs receive $2 discount. Ultimate Film Supporter-level members of Film Buffs are admitted free.

Sameh Zoabi is a writer and director from Iksal, a small village in Israel. His feature debut, Man Without a Cell Phone, was selected for the New Directors/New Films festival at MoMA and the Lincoln Center.  His short film, Be Quiet, won third prize in the Cinéfondation Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. He has bachelor’s degrees in film studies and English literature from Tel Aviv University and attended the M.F.A. Film Program at Columbia on a merit scholarship.