In this beautifully made coming-of-age drama, a teenage orphan struggles to adjust to a new life amidst other exiles in a British-controlled Palestine. It's 1944. Deserted by her parents 13-year-old Maya is deposited at an orphanage for Jewish girls on the outskirts of Tel Aviv. The trauma of war shows in the faces of the malnourished girls and lonely routines of their adult supervisors who await liberation from personal and national isolation. Smitten with Maya, the director of the orphanage conjures memories of a tortured love affair while Maya develops forbidden feelings for an anti-British resistance fighter who is the fiancé of an orphanage worker.
Sponsor: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program