A Bottle in the Gaza Sea
Director: Thierry Binisti
2011, France/Israel, 99 minutes
French, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles
Can a message in a bottle help promote peace between two peoples? That’s the premise of this engrossing and hopeful film. Tal, a 17-year-old French teenager who has moved to Israel with her family, writes a letter expressing her hopes for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Her brother throws the bottle into the sea near Gaza, where it is found by “Gazaman,” the young Palestinian, Naim. The two begin a relationship that might be only a few miles apart, but represents a great chasm.
Winner – Best Narrative Feature
Audience Choice Award – Heartland Film Festival