Young & Restless | Chicago Reader

Young & Restless

The human costs of the suicide bombings in Israel are sensitively probed in Hilla Medalia's 45-minute Daughters of Abraham (2003; in English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic), which portrays the brief yet accomplished lives of two teenage girls, one who becomes a bomber, the other her victim. Intercut interviews with the grieving survivors (including the victim's mother, who confesses her hatred for Arabs) leave one with the melancholy sense that there is no solution. Equally effective is Shannon Walsh's Fire & Hope, a South African anti-AIDS video with bright colors, lively editing rhythms, and a hip-hop sound track. The other three works on the program are variously weak, overly cute, or obscure. 95 min.

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