Synopsis

Shortly after the Six-Day War in 1967, Danae Elon’s highly educated parents, noted Israeli author Amos Elon, and former correspondent and literary agent Beth Elon, hired a Palestinian man named Musa, the father of eleven children, to take care of their six month old daughter on a daily basis. It was a job he would continue for the next twenty years until she was grown and he was able to save enough money to send all eight of his sons to America for education and career opportunities. The last time Danae saw Musa, in 1991, he proudly showed her the house he constructed in the Palestinian village of Battir. Then, against the mounting tensions of the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Intifada, the two families lost track of each other. During that time Danae began to realize how much of an influence Musa had on her life and sought to reconnect with him. Her quest led her from her home in New York to Paterson, New Jersey, then to Battir in the occupied territories, and back to her birthplace in Jerusalem. As they carefully break the silence, the encounters between Danae and Musa’s sons, and eventually Musa himself, bring to the surface an emotionally complex story that is ultimately heartwarming and optimistic.

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Cast

  • Producers

    Danae Elon and Dryss Benyaklef

  • Cinematographer

    Andrew T. Dunn

  • Original Music

    Peter Scherer

Festivals

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Tribeca Film Festival

Los Angeles Film Festival

Jerusalem International Film Festival

Hot Docs

IDFA Jores Ivens Competition

Goteborg

Encounters International Film Festival, South Africa

 

Awards

Tursak film festival, Istanbul First Prize, Jury Prize

Bronze Medal Jewish Motifs Film Festival

Press Reviews

  • LA Times

    Fascinating…Moving and ultimately hopeful, Another Road Home makes no effort to soften or simplify its prickly themes…

  • The New York Times

    fascinating journey….Moving and ultimately hopeful, “Another Road Home” makes no effort to soften or simplify its prickly themes.

  • Salon

    Its a fascinating story and a film as pure as Ice Water

  • Christian Science Monitor

    …extraordinary documentary with uncommon delicacy and courage by filmmaker Danae Elon. In its unobtrusive way, this marvelously conciliatory film teaches a lesson that all parties to the Middle East conflict would be wise to take to heart….

  • LA Weekly

    …Another Road Home is as modest in demeanor as its filmmaker but also as steadfast. It confronts hard facts willingly, but it does so with warmth and respect for each of its characters. There is something deeply nourishing about this picture and not just because the Obeidallah and Elon families are either preparing or consuming food in practically every scene. Another Road Home satisfies because it goes beyond advocating change; it is itself the record of change.

  • The Nation

    …Remarkable, in addition to its many moments of genuine spontaneity and emotion, is how much she learns along the way – about families, patriarchy, intellect and anger. And what makes the film work so well is that her discovery is also ours…

  • Newsday

    …Another Road Home,” is a work of powerful humanism that could unsettle entrenched points of view. Danae Elon strips away the dogma and charged emotions that enmesh most discussions of the Middle East. Musa,…a compelling screen presence, a figure of supreme equanimity:..emerges as an Old World patriarch in the noblest sense. Elon makes the complexities of the relationship as clear as the profound love… Bottom line: Deeply moving.

  • The Hollywood Reporter

    …Another Road Home moves beyond dark predictions. From the milk we drank together, something of my blood, my life is in you’ Musa tells Danae. And in that fact, there’s hope.

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