Twelve-year-old Mussa doesn’t speak, and no knows why. As African refugees, he and his parents have been living in Tel Aviv’s worst neighborhood for the past six years. In a strange stroke of luck, however, he is bussed to an uptown school every day. Leaving behind addicts and prostitutes each morning, he silently navigates to within an upscale world, befriending privileged kids with gestures, reading and writing in Hebrew, and making a considerable bond with his teacher Anna. Trying to fit in, he wordlessly connects with his classmates and friends, and bravely witnesses the random deportation of fellow African students. Little solace is found at home as his largely absent parents work during all hours, leaving him even more alone with his voiceless thoughts. When a series of unexpected crises hit, Mussa’s precarious place between two separate worlds is heartbreakingly revealed through this look at the human cost of immigration policy.
Directed by: Anat Goren
60 Minutes, 2015, Documentary; Other Israel Film Festival
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