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.


David

Fic, 80 min, 2011

Written & Directed by: Joel Fendelman
Co-written and Co-Directed by: Patrick Daly
Produced by: Julian Schwartz
Executive Producer: Stephanie Levy
Subtitles: English and Arabic with English

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Synopsis


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.


Awards

  • Special Honorary Mention - CMS International Children's Film Festival, India, 2013
  • Special Mention – Religion Today International Film Festival, Italy, 2012
  • Best Narrative Feature – San Luis Obispo Film Festival, USA, 2012

Festivals

  • Jewish Federation of Ocean County, New Jersey, US, 2017
  • (screening) Montreal Centre of Hadassah-WIZO, Canada, 2016
  • Rolan International Film Festival for Children & Youth, Armenia, 2014
  • Caravan Jewish Film Festival, Romania, 2014

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  • 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."

    Variety

Festivals

  • Jewish Federation of Ocean County, New Jersey, US, 2017
  • (screening) Montreal Centre of Hadassah-WIZO, Canada, 2016
  • Rolan International Film Festival for Children & Youth, Armenia, 2014
  • Caravan Jewish Film Festival, Romania, 2014
  • Alpine Cinema in Bay Ridge, NY, 2014
  • Temple Isaiah Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • PLAY - Lisbon's Children and Youth Film Festival, Portugal, 2014
  • Glasgow Film Club, Scotland, 2014
  • North Shore Jewish Center, USA, 2014
  • Columbia Jewish Film Series, 2014
  • Chilren's Special Film Series – San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2014
  • Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, November 2013
  • West Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2014
  • Bulgaria Jewish Street Film Festival, 2013
  • Global Peace International Film Festival, Florida, USA, 2013
  • CMS International Children's Film Festival, India, 2013
  • Menorah Synagogue in Manchester
  • Augusta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Savannah Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • College State Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Virginia Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Singapore Israeli Film Series, 2013
  • Athens Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Schenectady Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Marco Island Synagogue, USA, 2013
  • Highland Park Temple Film Series, USA, 2013
  • Schenectady Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2013
  • Spokane Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Hoff International Film Festival, Germany, 2012
  • Nashville Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Utah Film Center, USA. 2012
  • Religion Today International Film Festival, Italy, 2012
  • Chicago International Children's Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Caracas Jewish Film Festival, Venezuela, 2012
  • Rio De Janeiro Jewish Film Festival, Brazil, 2012
  • Special Interfaith Screenings during the UK Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Sonoma County Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Golden Boll International Film Festival Ankara, Turkey, 2012
  • Nyack Synagogue, NY, 2012
  • Dallas Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • East Hills Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Napa Valley International Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Transylvania International Film Festival, 2012
  • Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Brazil, 2012
  • Dallas Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Berkshire Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • pa Valley International Film Festival, 2012
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Virginia Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival, 2012
  • Rome International Film Festival, Official Competition, 2011
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • UK Jewish Film Festival, 2011
  • East Bay Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2011
  • Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2011
  • Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2011

Educational

  • Rivier University
  • Yavneh College, UK
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Singapore American School
  • Dana Hall School, USA
  • Levine Sklut Library
  • University of Miami
  • NYU
  • Gray Academy of Jewish Education
  • Asper Jewish Community Campus
  • Arizona State University
  • Connecticut College
  • Boston College
  • National University of Singapore
  • Temple Beth Shalom, MA
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Muslim Association in Toronto, Canada
  • Library of Congress
  • Hebrew University
  • Tikvah Association, Romania
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Diversity Group at City and Country School in NY
  • Diversity Group at City & Country School, NY
  • Education Resource Centre at National University of Singapore
  • American Islamic Congress, Boston, 2013
  • Temple Beth Am Library, USA
  • Duke university
  • Harvard University
  • University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Awards

  • Special Honorary Mention - CMS International Children's Film Festival, India, 2013
  • Special Mention – Religion Today International Film Festival, Italy, 2012
  • Best Narrative Feature – San Luis Obispo Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Special Jury Award – Napa Valley Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Ecumenical Award – Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, 2011
  • Audience Award – Brooklyn International Film Festival, 2011