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June 14

Playing in the CCA Studio

June 14-16: Playing daily at 11:00am, 5:15pm (no screenings Monday)
June 19: 4:15pm
June 20-21: Playing daily at 11:00am, 5:15pm

The film Lyd (the Arabic name of Lod, a city now in Israel) is about a 5,000-year-old bustling Palestinian town that was conquered when the State of Israel was established in 1948, and the film Lyd is the story of that city’s rise and fall. An exploration of what it once was, and what it is now, in the context of the continuing conflicts and the war in Gaza, Lyd’s excavation of one community’s complex history offers us not only lessons but possible futures.

As the film unfolds, a chorus of characters creates a tapestry of the Palestinian experience of this city and the trauma left by the massacre and expulsion, while vivid animations envision an alternate reality where the same characters live free from the trauma of the past and the violence of the present. Using never-before-seen archival footage of the Israeli soldiers who carried out the massacre and expulsion, the personified city explains that these events were so devastating that they fractured reality, and now there are two Lyds — one occupied and one free. As the film cuts between fantastical and documentary realities, it ultimately leaves the viewer questioning what future should prevail.

Made by a Palestinian from Lyd and a Jewish American, Lyd provides much-needed context for this moment, as it goes deep into the history of the Nakba from the perspective of Palestinians who survived. The film imagines an alternate reality where Palestine was never occupied and Palestinians of all religions (Muslims, Christians, and Jews) live in a liberated Palestine. Narrated by Palestinian actress Maisa Abd Elhadi who personifies the city, the viewer is guided through the lifespan of a five-thousand-year-old city and its residents.

“This film is an important document of time and should be screened widely. What makes Lyd stand out from other documentaries on this topic is the way the filmmakers audaciously weave together different forms of storytelling.” —International Federation of Film Critics

“A cinematic achievement that breaks down the wide divide between documentary and science fiction.” —The National

“It is the perfect time for a film like Lyd, a work that draws a clear line between the sins of the past and our present reality and vociferously argues why contextualizing the present within that broader history is crucial in determining the future.” —Disappointment Media

“The story of Lyd is the story of Palestine. The film that bears its name confronts the horrors of what is, without losing sight of what could be—a vital exercise in political imagination.” —Arielle Angel, Editor-in-chief of Jewish Currents

“An eye-opening documentary that every thinking person with a respect for all humanity must see.”—It’s Just Movies

“Never loses sight of these slippery questions about what is, and what could be, achieved through the power of our collective imagination.” —In Review Online

“Lyd is a haunting and unusual documentary, comprising various styles to tell the story of the once beautiful ancient city of Lyd and its gradual devastation under Israeli settlement.” —City Hub (Australia)

Directors: Sarah Ema Friedland, Rami Younis
Writers: Rami Younis, Sarah Ema Friedland, Eyas Salman
Features: Maisa Abd Elhadi
Running Time: 1 hr. 18 min.
Film: Documentary, Science Fiction
Language: Arabic, Hebrew [English subtitles]


Note: Tickets are only $3.00 for EBT cardholders

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