Another Road Home

  • 501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University

A documentary by Danae Elon

Director Danae Elon, daughter of Israeli intellectual Amos Elon, grew up in Jerusalem and was taken care of by an Arab housekeeper, whom her parents hired after the 6 Day War. Years later Danae goes in search of Moussa Mahmoud Obeidallah, the man who cared for her from the time she was a baby until she went into the army. Danae’s journey takes her to Paterson, New Jersey, to visit with six of Moussa’s eight sons, now settled in America’s largest Palestinian community and tending to families and businesses of their own. Over the course of the documentary Danae allows distances to come into focus: the distance between the Obeidallah family and the left-leaning, well-intentioned Elons and the distance between herself and her own father.