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Film Fest: Shoelaces @ The NEON
23 June 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$9
2018 | 102 min. | Drama | Hebrew
Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben’s kidneys are failing and his adult son, Gadi, wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Through the film’s portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, Shoelaces sheds some light and questions the importance of human life and connection, and asks if life is even possible without either.
Winner: Audience Choice Award, Best Feature Film @ Los Angeles Israeli FF; Audience Award @ Atlanta JFF, Boston JFF
Runner Up: Audience Award @ Palm Beach JFF
Nominated: 8 Ophir Awards, including Best Picture of the Year (Israel’s Academy Awards)
This film is presented in partnership with Jewish Family Services and the Jewish Foundation of Greater Dayton
Guest Speaker: Jane Novick
Jane Novick is an attorney with Montgomery County Juvenile Court, and Executive Director of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program. She leads CASAs to advocate for children in the Children Services system. Previously Jane worked to help individuals without legal counsel in their effort to file Motions with the Court. Jane is the guardian of her daughter, Elana, along with 10 other individuals who are developmentally delayed and lack family who are capable of representing them.