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David and Kamal



United States, 2011, 35mm - Color - 78min

DIRECTED BY:
Kikuo Kawasaki

CAST:
Yoni Rosenzweig / Abdalla El Akal / Tzachi Cohen aka Zach Cohen / Natan Ravitch / Liron Levo

SCREENPLAY:
Kikuo Kawasaki

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Itamar Hadar

EDITING:
Yuval Orr

MUSIC:
KANAMII, Elmar Fel

PRODUCER:
Fuminori Hayashida

WORLD SALES:
Eleven Arts

STORY DESCRIPTION:

David and Kamal" is a story about two 9-year-old boys who grow up in different surroundings.David, a Jewish American, comes over to Jerusalem to meet his father that he has not seen for many years. His parents are divorced, and he lives with his mother in America.Kamal, an Arab boy, lives in an Arab district in Jerusalem with his mother, sisters and very strict grandfather. He and his grandfather have to support the family because they have no father.The day after his arrival, David comes to the Old City and accidentally meets Kamal in the worst possible way. Kamal steals David’s porch full of old coins that David has been collecting.David chases after Kamal to get back his coins, but he loses sight of him. When he is trudging down an alley, a teenage Arab gang spots him and picks a quarrel with him. David starts running from them like hell but they pursue him. It is Kamal that saves David from this crisis.Naturally, Kamal, the thief and David, his victim confront each other at first. To make the matter worse, Kamal haggles with David in an attempt to overcharge him for his coins, because he is desperate to escape from his adverse circumstance.While running away from the pursuing teenage gang and helping each other, a friendship develops gradually between the two boys. This friendship, however, is constantly buffeted about by their mutual sense of empathy and the harsh reality that nobody can change.David feels a sense of “adventure” while escaping with Kamal, but he has no inkling that the whole incident has developed into a kidnapping case. Kamal, on the other hand, is astute enough to realize that it has already turned into a very serious situation.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

After completing his assignment as the editor of “GAME”, the multi-screen U.S. entry to 1967 Montreal EXPO, Mr.Kawasaki established himself as a TV commercial director in New York. Also, from 1974 through 1979, he has directed numerous Japanese commercials and garnered many top awards including prestigious Tokyo art directors association in 1975.

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