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Award-winning films exploring Israeli, Palestinian motherhood to screen in Connecticut

Israeli women filmmakers Tamar Kay and Or Sinai, whose non-fiction and dramatic films focus on stories of Israeli and Palestinian motherhood, will present their award-winning works and speak at receptions at Trinity College in Hartford on Oct. 30, and at Yale University in New Haven on Nov. 2.

Kay will present her documentary film “The Mute’s House,” which was one of 10 Academy Award nominations for Best Short Documentary in 2017 and won awards in festivals from Australia to Europe to Israel. The 2015 film tells the story of the Rajabis, a single Palestinian mother and her son who live in the Jewish quarter of the West Bank city of Hebron.

Sinai will present her short feature film “Anna,” whose eponymous heroine, played by Israeli actress Evgenia Dodina, is a mother in her 30s who suddenly finds herself alone. She wanders her small desert hometown, yearning to feel like a woman again, even in a stranger’s arms. “Anna” won Best Student Film at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to the Hartford and New Haven screenings, the Israeli filmmakers are touring the Boston area this month, courtesy of The Visiting Israeli Artists program.

On Oct. 20, Tamar will screen her film and host a Q&A at Harvard University in Cambridge. On Oct. 23, the pair will also attend a screening and hold a question and answer session at the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, R.I.

The Visiting Israeli Artists program, an initiative of the Israel Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based academic institute that aims to enhance the study of modern Israel. Founded by the Charles and Lynn Shusterman Family Foundation, the institute brings Israeli filmmakers, choreographers, musicians, writers and visual artists for residencies at top universities and other cultural organizations in North America.

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