Award-winning Israeli filmmakers to screen films at URI, Oct. 23

KINGSTON, R.I. – October 20, 2017 — Israeli filmmakers Tamar Kay and Or Sinai will screen their award-winning short films followed by a Q&A and reception on Monday, Oct. 23 from 4-6 p.m. The event will take place in the Swan Hall Doody Auditorium, 60 Upper College Road in Kingston and is free and open to the public.

Tamar Kay’s, The Mute’s House, was one of ten Academy Award nominees for Best Short Documentary this year. The film tells the story of a single mother and her disabled son, both Palestinians, living in the Jewish quarter of the West Bank city of Hebron.

Or Sinai’s, Anna, was the winner of the 2016 Best Student Film at the Cannes Film Festival. The fictional film tells the provocative story of a divorced woman (played by acclaimed actress Evgenia Dodina), who suddenly finds herself alone for the first time without her 10-year-old son, on a hot summer’s day.

Graduates of the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, Kay and Sinai are visiting several college campuses on a three-week tour. They will offer a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into directing a film — from bringing an abstract idea to life, to building a cinematic character, to the processes of shooting and editing. Students will also get the chance to learn about the film scene in Israel, as well as the opportunities to study there.

This event is sponsored by URI Hillel, the URI Film/Media Program, and the Harrington School of Communication and Media with special arrangements from the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program of the Israel Institute.

For more information, contact URI Hillel at 401-874-2740 or