Date(s) - 10/16/2021
7:00 pm-10:00 pm

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Rondout Valley United Methodist Church


This gripping Middle Eastern political drama — about a trivial dispute that gets blown out of proportion, eventually consuming all of Beirut — is “fascinating,” writes critic Mike LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Powerful and impeccably crafted,” writes Katie Walsh of the Los Angeles Times.
“A crackling legal thriller that boils down centuries of Middle Eastern conflict into one reckless insult,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone.
In the film, two men — Tony Hanna (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian garage owner, and Yasser Salameh (Kamel El Basha), a Muslim Palestinian construction crew foreman — have an argument about a pipe that drips water from an apartment terrace onto the street below.
They exchange harsh words and demand apologies. One punches the other.
Their dispute explodes into a volatile, contentious trial, complete with a media circus.
As the case winds its way through the courts, it triggers a nationwide debate that opens old wounds — Lebanon’s civil war, which officially ended in 1990, seems on the verge of erupting all over again.
The 2017 movie won 18 U.S. and international festival and critic awards, including a Golden Lion, the highest prize given at Italy’s Venice Film Festival.
The film’s trailer can be found on YouTube at
The movie, in Arabic with English subtitles, runs 1 hour 53 minutes and is rated R.
The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments will be served.
Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute $10 a person.
Movies With Spirit screenings comply with all federal, state and local health and safety protocols, including those of the screening venues.
The monthly Movies With Spirit series, organized by Gerry Harrington of Kingston, seeks to stimulate people’s sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, evoke a deepened understanding of people’s integral connection with others and with life itself, and support individual cultures, faith paths and beliefs while simultaneously transcending them.
The films are screened in diverse places of worship and reverence — and this season in a place for art too — across Ulster and Dutchess counties at 7 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month. The series has no religious (or artistic) affiliation.