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When the Voices Fade
When the Voices Fade

Short Film

Erika Cohn


21 minutes

Written by:
Erika Cohn, Natasha Atalla

In English

This moving short film offers a portrait of the Lebanese-Israeli conflict as seen through the eyes of a Lebanese-American dance instructor, Nadia, and Amir, an Israeli Defense Forces pilot. Amir is called back to duty when fighting breaks out between Israel and Lebanon in the summer of 2006, forcing him to evaluate his moral objections to serving again. When Amir coincidentally meets Nadia at a local cafe and the two begin forming a relationship, Amir’s decision about returning to Israel becomes even more complicated.

Meanwhile, Amir’s best friend, Eli, returns to Israel to pledge his service to the Israeli Air Force. Nadia’s sister refuses to leave her home in Beirut, the seemingly "safe-haven" of Lebanon, increasing their mother’s emotional angst. Despite the powerful voices in opposition to the respective viewpoints of both Nadia and Amir, the pair are able to reconcile their differences…until Israel’s bombs begin dropping on Beirut.

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