Man Without a Cell Phone
By: Sameh Zoabi
(Belgium/France/Palestine, 2010, 83 min)
Screens: Saturday, November 12th, 3:00 pm
Twenty-something Palestinian-Israeli slacker Jawdat just wants to have fun with his friends, talk on his cell phone and find love. He navigates the dating scene with Muslim, Christian, and even Jewish girls, and wrestles with the Hebrew college entrance exam. Meanwhile, his curmudgeonly olive-farming father, Salem, is determined to drag Jawdat and his whole community into a fight against a nearby Israeli cell phone tower that he fears is poisoning the villagers with radiation. As Salem’s efforts to remove the tower disrupt Jawdat’s precious cell phone reception, preventing any further communication with his potential girlfriends, Jawdat is forced to reassess his priorities.
Sameh Zoabi graduated from Tel Aviv University with a double major in film studies and English literature. He completed his M.F.A. in film direction at Columbia’s School of the Arts. Zoabi has directed and written several narrative short films. His latest film Be Quiet is an international award-winning short film, receiving the third prize in the Cinéfondation Selection at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.