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“Shoelaces” tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben’s (60) kidney’s are failing and his son Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own kidney’s to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He’s furious with the committee’s decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through the film’s portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, it manages to shed some light and question the importance of human life, human connection and if life is even possible without it either one of them.
Directed by Jacob Goldwasser, Drama, Hebrew (with English subtitles), Israel, 2018, 90 minutes
Q&A – Monday, July 6
Noon EDT | 11:00am CDT | 9:00am PDT
Join Keshet Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Phillips as she discusses Shoelaces with filmmaker Yankul Goldwasser.
Jennifer Phillips began her career with Keshet in 1994 as a one-on-one summer camp counselor. This experience motivated her to become a special education teacher and she spent seven years teaching in the Deerfield Public Schools. In 2005, she returned to Keshet as a high school teacher, a position she held for 11 years. As the Director of Recreation, Jen was responsible for 340% growth in enrollment in Keshet’s camp and recreation programs over four years. She was the first person to hold the position of Chief Program Officer for Keshet and has recently been named CEO of the organization.
Yankul Goldwasser is an Israeli filmmaker. In his statement about this film he says, “Shoelaces” is a special project for me. As a father of a special needs son, I never felt that the depiction of special needs characters on film rang true. However, when I saw Nevo Kimchi’s work, I was dumbfounded. He created a special needs character, who was human and real, filled with humor, optimism and charm.”
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