“The Mute's House” - Film Screening and Discussion with Director Tamar Kay

Monday, October 16, 2017
5:00–6:20 pm
Mandel Center for the Humanities
3rd-Floor Conference Room
Free and open to the Brandeis community. 

Award-winning filmmaker Tamar Kay shared her Oscar-nominated documentary short (32 minutes), “The Mute's House,” in Professor Gannit Ankori's “Art and Trauma: Israeli, Palestinian, Latin American and United States Art" class. The film screening was followed by a Q&A with the director, moderated by Prof. Ankori.

Visit the film’s website for more information. 

About the film

A building in Hebron, which has been deserted by its Palestinian owners, is called “The Mute's House" by the Israeli soldiers stationed there and by the tour guides who pass by.

The building's only occupants are a deaf woman, Sahar, and her eight-year-old son, Yousef. The family's unique story, which unfolds against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is told through the eyes of the young and charismatic Yousef, as he goes through his daily routine in both the Jewish and Muslim areas of a city torn apart by hatred and violence.

“The Mute’s House” has won numerous awards, and been shortlisted for many others. Among the film’s many accolades:

  • Golden Dragon for Best Short Film: Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2016
  • Best Student Film: Docaviv - Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival, Israel, 2016
  • Best Short Documentary: Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel, 2016
  • Best Documentary Award: Early Bird International Student Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2016
  • Most Innovative Film: Montefeltro Film School Festival, Italy, 2016
  • Best Short Documentary: Irvine International Film Festival, Irvine, California, 2017