Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

For My Father

Chopstick Cinema

Chopstick Cinema

Tarek is a man on a mission. He’s disillusioned, he’s angry, and he’s wired to go off in a crowded Tel Aviv marketplace. But when his faulty detonation switch fails, Tarek is stranded in a Jewish neighborhood during Shabbat, waiting for a replacement part from Mr. Katz, owner of the local fix-it shop. Katz offers Tarek a place to spend the night, and in exchange, he agrees to patch a hole in Katz’s roof. In the interim, he meets Keren, an attractive Jewish shopkeeper who is estranged from her family, and learns, perhaps for the first time, what it means to care for someone who shares neither his religious beliefs, nor his politics.

In that short forty-eight hours, getting to know this endearing cast of characters puts a human face on Tarek’s mission, and forces him to reexamine his motives. And in its own subtle and sympathetic way, For My Father demonstrates that there is more than one side to every story, and that if one is willing to stop and listen, there is always another way.

Join me this week on Chopstick Cinema for a closer look at the Asian entries in the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday, February 25 and runs through Sunday, March 8. For further information on the film and the festival, visit the Cinequest website.

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