Eleven year-old Daud, the son of a religious imam in Brooklyn, is mistaken for a Jewish boy. He becomes conflicted after befriending Jewish kids his age, and the longer he plays out his double life, the more he risks driving a wedge in his family. This prize-winning film explores boundaries of faith and trust in New York’s multi-cultural backdrop.
Written & Directed by: Joel FendelmanCo-written and Co-Directed by: Patrick DalyProduced by: Julian SchwartzExecutive Producer: Stephanie LevySubtitles: English and Arabic with English
Technically, this film is about as perfect as one could hope for.
For the entire review in EMRO, check: http://emro.lib.buffalo.edu/emro/emroDetail.asp?Number=5191
So, we had about 160 children from the 4 religious schools in Nashville plus 15 kids from the Episcopal Church come to the JCC on Sunday morning to see DAVID, as well as 20 adults from the community who just dropped in to see the film.One of the religious school teachers introduced the film and told the kids some things to watch for, and what questions he would be asking after the film. The kids were divided into groups based on age, but we mixed up the schools they attended so there was an opportunity for them to meet other kids.
They were mesmerized by the film, quiet and very little wandering out to the bathroom. After the film the groups were asked to talk among themselves about the film – mostly on a feeling basis. They did talk for about 10 minutes. Then the facilitator asked some pointed questions about what it felt like to be ‘different’, but by then the kids were ready to leave.
I know that they liked the film, were moved by the situation and I overheard a few of them talking about how it feels to be lonely and isolated as they perceived Daud to be.
Fran Brumlik, Nashville Jewish Film Festival
"Bridging one of the world's defining sociopolitical rifts one 11-year-old at a time, quietly engaging indie "David" brings charm, sympathy and understatement to its microcosmic story of a young Muslim Brooklynite whose circumstances lead him to pass as Jewish."