Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Powerful New Film "Another Road Home" Draws Mixed Reaction

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Powerful New Film "Another Road Home" Draws Mixed Reaction

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Danae Elon, daughter of the famous Israeli writer and lecturer Amos Elon, took part in a post-screening discussion of her newly released documentary film "Another Road Home" at the Avalon Theater in Washington, DC on May 13. On the eve of the screening, The Washington Post declared the film to be unfulfilling, while The New York Times found it moving, illuminating and revealing.

As the title suggests, 'Another Road Home" is about the sense of belonging the filmmaker shares both with her Israeli parents and with Musa Obeidallah, her Palestinian caretaker, who daily risked his life to care for her.

The film documents Elon's personal quest to find Obeidallah, who helped raise her from the time she was 11 months old, and whom she describes as a "little bit" more than a father. "Another Road Home" is an emotional journey of a Palestinian and an Israeli family whose lives intersect and forever bear the scars of the Israeli occupation.

Its Washington, DC screening drew a diverse audience that included Arabs, Jews, peace activists, former diplomats and members of the Obeidallah family. Elon confessed to the Washington Report that the film has been more endorsed by Arabs than other communities.

This was clearly demonstrated during the post-discussion period, when Howard Arenstein, a CBS bureau manager and former Israeli radio and newspaper correspondent, subjected Elon to a barrage of questions about her relationship to her father, her choice of English instead of Hebrew as the language spoken in the film, and her political views, pointing out that Elon's father has been highly critical of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. …

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