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Light Shines on Israel’s Invisibles


URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israeli_film_festival/article/light_shines_on_israels_invisibles_20051118

In "Janem, Janem," Aldi (Danny Rytenberg), a 40-year-old high school teacher, heads south to an enclave of foreign workers who reside in small, crowded hovels in the no-man's land of the old Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. It is there among construction workers from Romania, Turkey and Russia that Aldi -- without language, family and identity -- finds true love and meaning for his life. In the film "What a Wonderful Place," ex-cop Franco (Israeli Oscar winner Uri Gavriel) has to work for a cruel and shady underground boss, but he finds kinship with an illegal Ukranian worker who teaches him to swim while he protects her from immigration officers. Both films will screen in Los Angeles at the 21st annual Israel Film Festival.

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