Iftar Dinner & a Movie: Lemon Tree 

6 p.m. Thursday, September 2, 2010
Auditorium & Community Courtyard, AANM

Tickets $25 for AANM Members; $30 non-members



Please join us at the Arab American National Museum for a screening of the moving 2008 film Lemon Tree followed by a festive iftar dinner in the AANM’s dramatic Community Courtyard to break the daily fast of Ramadan.

Stuffed lamb with rice and nuts
Vegetarian option or chicken option
Rose cheeks (Ramadan dessert)


The Lemon TreeFILM: Lemon Tree
Dir: Eran Riklis/2008/Israel
106 minutes; Arabic and Hebrew w/ English subtitles

Salma, a Palestinian widow who lives on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank, has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma‘s trees pose a threat to the Minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense Minister’s wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma’s legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive. Produced, directed and written by Eran Riklis; cast includes Hiam Abbass, Ali Suliman, Rona Lipaz and Doron Tavory.

Honored with awards at Berlin International Film Festival; Asia Pacific Screen Awards; Awards of the Israeli Film Academy; CineFan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.

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