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February 10, 2014

WSCC film series continues with ‘David’

After a brief hiatus for the holidays, Wallace State’s Burrow Museum will resume its independent film series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, with a screening of “David.”

The film, written, produced and directed by Joel Fendelman, follows the story of an 11-year-old boy named Daud. As the son of a leader of a Brooklyn mosque, Daud “has to juggle the high expectations of his father and his feelings of isolation and difference — even from his peers in the Muslim community,” according to the film’s website,<

A chance meeting brings Daud in contact with a Jewish boy and an unlikely friendship forms, with Daud using the name David among his new friends.

“Two boys, both of conservative religious backgrounds, find commonality in each other,” the film’s website states. “Their connection is born out of a closeness that reflects the unique positions of both the Arab and orthodox Jewish communities in America: they both strive to live modern lives while retaining their core religious and cultural virtues. ‘David’ is first and foremost a story of friendship between two boys. The film questions the boundaries of our cultures and religions and looks at how static and yet fluid these boundaries can be.”

The film will be shown at 6 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Burrow Center for Fine and Performing Arts. Fendelman will be on hand for questions after the screening.

Fendelman, of Brooklyn, N.Y., has written, produced and directed a number of award-winning short and documentary films. “David” is his first dramatic narrative feature. The film has been screened in Rome and Montreal World Film Festivals (which awarded the film its prestigious Ecumenical Prize) and at other venues around the globe. Other Fendelman films have been screened at Cannes, Mexico, Chicago and Miami International Film Festivals.

“David” is among the last of the films in the series. On March 13, the film “Barzan” will be shown at 6 p.m. It’s about a man who was racially profiled after the 9/11 attacks. The final film is “The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes and The Course of Country Music” at 9:30 a.m. on April 10 in conjunction with the college’s Learning Communities program.

Admission is free to all of the screenings. For more information about the film series, call 256.352.8457 or 256.352.8118.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.<

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