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Virtual Cinema Presents the Compelling New Drama “Asia” June 8, 2021


One of the most celebrated films of the past year, the compelling mother-daughter drama Asia has been an audience favorite at festivals worldwide. Set in Jerusalem, the story revolves around two Russian immigrants: young mom Asia (Alena Yiv) and her 17-year-old daughter, Vika (Shira Haas, star of Netflix’s Unorthodox).

Seeking a Balance
Asia, a nurse, hides nothing about her work-hard, play-hard lifestyle and expects the same openness and honesty from teenage Vika. Their routine is shaken when Vika’s health deteriorates rapidly. Asia finds herself in new territory as Vika requires 24-hour care, prompting Asia to seek a balance between asserting parental authority and respecting her daughter’s point of view and needs.

Exploring Challenges
The debut feature film of Israeli director Ruthy Pribar, Asia candidly explores the challenges of motherhood and the desires of the differently abled. Asia swept Israel’s Ophir Awards, earned three awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, and was Israel’s pick for 2021 Oscar consideration.

• Asia / WATCH HERE beginning June 25. Your ticket ($12) supports the MFAH and provides a one-week pass to the film. SEE THE TRAILER


Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris and the Vaughn Foundation. Generous funding is provided by Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and The Foundation for Independent Media Arts.