FOREIGN LETTERS

Directed by Ela Thier
  • United States / 
  • 2012 / 
  • English, Hebrew & Vietnamese with English subtitles / 
  • 100 min
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"A truly heartfelt and absolutely delightful film, rich with both comic and dramatic episodes, that I would recommend to anyone!"
– Christina Zawadizsky, BookRoom Review
"There's an overall sense of grassroots intimacy [with] beauty at the core."
– Robert Bell, Exclaim.ca
"Inspiring! Powerful [and] delightful!"
– David Crumm, Read the Spirit

Synopsis

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.

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Ellie (Noa Rotstein) and Thuy (Dalena Le) in FOREIGN LETTERS
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Ellie (Noa Rotstein) and Thuy (Dalena Le) in FOREIGN LETTERS
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Director Ela Thier
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Ellie (Noa Rotstein) and Thuy (Dalena Le) in FOREIGN LETTERS
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Ellie (Noa Rotstein) and Thuy (Dalena Le) in FOREIGN LETTERS
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