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Foreign Letters

, 2012

“Though the emotional minefield of adolescence has been the subject of countless films, Thier brings a fresh perspective to the genre.”— Toronto Jewish Film Festival

This is a bittersweet and unsentimental coming-of-age film that sees filmmaker Ela Thier establish herself as a powerful new voice in independent American cinema. Partly funded by 184 independent backers through the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, and featuring a soundtrack by iconic Israeli musician Chava Alberstein, Foreign Letters is the story of two 12-year-old girls, both from war-torn countries, struggling to form their identities and find their feet in America, on the brink of their teenage years. Ellie (Noa Rotsein) and Thuy (Dalena Le) develop what appears to be an unshakable friendship until the compulsion to belong, cultural pressures and the opiate of acceptance shakes their commitment to each other.

100 min / Hebrew (English subtitles)
Director — Ela Thier
Category — Coming of Age