Note: precedes Cohen’s Wife.
A refreshing look at the constraints and opportunities for contemporary young women in Israel, but with a twist: seventeen year old model Duah Fares is a Druze Arab, not a Jew. With the help of her stunning looks and inner strength, as well as the support of an older mentor, Duah abandons her Arab milieu and the “Lady of All Arabs” Palestinian beauty contest, changes her name, and finds herself in the running for the “Miss Israel” beauty pageant instead. That’s when the trouble starts. Ostensibly about an aspiring beauty queen in a conservative society, the film subtly calls into question the traditions and mores of that society, while delivering a gripping story of a young iconoclast. Lady Kul El Arab has all the ingredients for compelling cinema – strong characters, a well-paced story and a provocative social context. That this is a documentary is all the more remarkable.
|Language||Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles|