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APPLES FROM THE DESERT (Israel, 2014, 94 minutes)
Hebrew with English subtitles • Directors: Arik Lubetzky and Matti Harari
In a film adaptation of the award-winning Israeli play, rebellious teenager Rebecca Abravanel breaks with the strict religious traditions of her ultra-Orthodox, Sephardic Jewish parents and journeys into the secular world. When her father tries to force her into an arranged marriage with an older widower, she runs away from home, leaving Jerusalem to join her new friend Dooby on his secular kibbutz. Her departure sets in motion a series of events that forces the entire family to confront their beliefs—and one another.