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Foreign Letters

Prejudice, poverty, shame and the power of friendship to heal us

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Couples Immigration and Absorption Go2Films Children and Adolescents Fiction

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.

A film by Ela Thier


Small,real and touching in unexpected ways,this little story melted my usually cold dead heart.

Director: Ela Thier

Producers: Ela Thier And Inna Braude

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