"MoMA Presents: Rashid Masharawi's 'Laila's Birthday'" Film Program

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Rashid Masharawi (b. 1962, Gaza), known to MoMA audiences for his 2003 New Directors/New Films debut, "Ticket to Jerusalem," returns with his most recent feature, "Laila's Birthday." Set in the filmmaker's chaotic current hometown of Ramallah, the film follows a Palestinian judge turned taxi driver as he navigates the corruption, hassles, constantly changing political winds, and pervasive Israeli checkpoints in and around the city. Trying to arrange a birthday cake and gift for his young daughter's birthday turns out to be an epic task. Masharawi provides a lively and revealing portrait of both a city and decent man at the breaking point.

[Image: Rashid Masharawi "Laila’s Birthday" (2008) image courtesy of Kino International]



from May 27, 2009 to June 01, 2009

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