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Another Road Home (Unrated)

Release Date: April 29th (NYC-Angelika Film Center and New Metro Twin), by GeoQuest.
The Cast: Danae Elon, Mahmoud "Musa" Obeidallah

BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about a young Israeli woman who searches for the Palestinian man who cared for her when she was a child.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The plot is suspenseful, and often funny, as Danae Elon searches for where her caregiver is located. When she does find him, which takes a lot of calls and traveling, he is very warm and friendly to her. Their Israeli-Palestinian bond is very timely and makes the film very engaging.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: What Danae Elon goes through is very moving. It is smart for her to include her parents along for the journey. Amos, her father, has a very interesting perspective about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They way they all bond with Musa is very touching and heart-warming. It sheds a lot of light on the way everyone should be treated, regardless of their religious background. Despite all of this insight and heartwarming moments, Another Road Home still feels like its missing something which is does include, but not enough: Danae Elon herself. She never really spills her conscience to the viewer and her interviewing skills are below par.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Often, Dane Elon's lacks a coherent response to the answers during her interviews. Better focus and more of her talking (instead of her parents) would have helped.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A moving, heartwarming documentary about a timely subject matter, but it gets dragged down by the director's lack of emotion or charisma and poorly conducted interviews.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)

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