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Foreign Letters

Directed by Ela Thier

USA | 99 minutes | 2012

English, Hebrew, Vietnamese with English subtitles

Ellie, a 12-year-old immigrant girl from Israel, is lonely and homesick. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Trust slowly builds as the two teach each other about life in America. As Ellie and Thuy become inseparable, they eventually hurt and betray each other. Ellie must give up her most prized possession, in order to save their friendship. Based on the filmmaker's own experience, Foreign Letters is a story about prejudice, poverty, shame, and the power of friendship to heal us. The film features the music of iconic Israeli musician Chava Alberstein, who was the director's favorite musician when her family immigrated to the US in 1982.
Director Ela Thier
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2012
Language(s) English, Hebrew, Vietnamese with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 99 minutes
Principal Cast Noa Rotstein, Dalena Le, Ela Their
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