Laila's birthday

Laila's birthday

DVD - 2009 | Arabic
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'At eight o'clock, it's Laila's birthday, okay?' Palestinian judge turned cab driver Abu's wife reminds her husband. On his young daughter's birthday, Abu faces a nerve-wracking shift in a Ramallah yellow cab, armed only with an ex-jurist's misplaced pride, a father's loyalty, and a sticker reminding passengers that smoking and carrying AK-47's are prohibited.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino International Corp., [2009]
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (ca. 71 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Lail


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BrooklynLady_42 Aug 11, 2017

Great-great movie. Even though it is not a comedy, the situation is funny - not because of the occupation by the Israeli secular government - but because of the situation of the main character (Mohammed Bakri) on the day of Laila's birthday.

Mar 21, 2016

i like this book because my name is laila too :)

too long and drawn out to get into the story. Quit half way through

Jul 06, 2013

This movie reminded me of Monty Python or Terry Gilliam's Brazil (though this movie is not nearly as superb as Brazil)-- the movie highlights the absurdity and randomness of Abu Laila's life. He's a judge, so he believes in rules, law and order, but everyone around him just does as they please. He can't even get work as a judge; he has to drive his brother-in-law's taxi to make a living while bureaucrats stall his appointment as a judge. He endures one insult after another until he finally loses it -- but the only person who listens to his tirade is the man who just got out of an Israeli prison. A woman jumps on a line because it's there and she doesn't want to miss an opportunity. An auto mechanic uses Abu Laila's car (without asking first) to transport the victim of a bombing to the hospital. Nothing is "normal" about the reality Abu Laila lives in. Look carefully when you watch this movie so you don't miss the symbols, or how the characters pop up in unexpected places, or the expressions on people's faces. The movie is in Arabic, but the subtitles are accurate and smooth.

May 18, 2012

Another humiliating day in the life of a Palestinian under the Israeli occupation. Not as sharp as SALT OF THIS SEA.

Sep 15, 2010

Fantastic documentary that talks about the struggles of an average person to stay and maintain his sanity in a world of chaos, struggle, war, and madness.

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