DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL, THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN CANCELED. A special interfaith opportunity to view a film and dialogue on the relationship of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The Levantine Center's New Voices in Middle Eastern Cinema series and the Muslim Public Affairs Council's Hollywood Bureau are pleased to announce a special screening of Joel Fendelman's feature debut David, followed by a cast/crew Q & A with star Maz Jobrani, Pastor Craig Peterson, and LCC executive director Jordan Elgrably, on Wed., Jan. 18, 6:30 pm, at the Woodland Hills Community Church, 21338 Dumetz Rd., Woodland Hills CA 91364. Children 12 and under may enter free with parent or guardian. General admission is $10, members, students and seniors, $8. RSVP early to 310.657.5511 to save your seats.
As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, eleven year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his father (played by Maz Jobrani) and his feelings of isolation and difference-even from his peers in the Muslim community. Through an innocent act of good faith, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who mistake him for a fellow classmate at their orthodox school, in the neighboring Jewish community. A genuine friendship grows between Daud (who decides to go by the name of "David") and Yoav, one of the Jewish boys, and his family. Unable to resist the joy of a camaraderie that he has never felt before, David, as he is known to the kids, is drawn into a complicated dilemma inspired by youthful deceit and the best of intentions.
What People Are Saying
"I loved the film and the Q & A afterward was very thought-provoking." —Angelo Tsarouchas
"Bridging one of the world's defining sociopolitical rifts one 11-year-old at a time, [the] quietly engaging indie David brings charm, sympathy and understatement to its microcosmic story of a young Muslim Brooklynite whose circumstances lead him to pass as Jewish." —Dennis Harvey, Variety
"An exceptional film." —Ruth Broyde-Sharon
"David is a tender, well-acted, and bold religious drama that reveals the positive and life-affirming qualities of Islam and Judaism." —Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice.com
"It was a great movie." —Mo Khaledy, MD
"David packs in a long history of religious tension with elegance and respect. Its star, Muatasem Mishal, carries the film like a trained veteran. It's a story that should appeal to all ages and personal beliefs."—Kyle McKinnon, Sidewalk Moving Picture Film Fest
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More About the Film
David is a street-level look at an eleven-year-old Muslim boy's struggle to fit in within his family, community, and wider world. What starts as an innocent mistake develops into an unlikely friendship. Two boys, both of conservative religious backgrounds, find commonality in each other. Their connection is born out of a closeness that reflects the unique positions of both the Arab and orthodox Jewish communities in America: they both strive to live modern lives while retaining their core religious and cultural virtues. David is first and foremost a story of friendship between two boys. The film questions the boundaries of our cultures and religions and looks at how static and yet fluid these boundaries can be. Visit the David web site.
About Maz Jobrani
Maz Jobrani is best known as a founding member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which featured some of the top Middle Eastern-American comics in the world. The Axis of Evil Comedy Central Special premiered in 2007 as the first show on American TV with an all Middle Eastern/American cast. In movies Maz starred in the role of "Moly" in Ice Cube's Friday After Next. He also played Secret Service Agent "Mo" in the Sydney Pollack thriller The Interpreter, opposite Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman as well as Jennifer Garner's colleague, Glenn, in 13 Going on 30. In television he recently shot a pilot for ABC titled Funny in Farsi and is recurring on ABC's Better off Ted. He has been a regular on ABC's Knights of Prosperity as well as FOX's Life on a Stick. In 2008 Maz sold a TV show to CBS based on his life as an Iranian-American in the United States. The show was best described as a Middle Eastern Everybody Loves Raymond. Visit his site.