7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Figge Art Museum, 225 W. Second Street, Davenport, IA
Filmmaker Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers.
Cost: Free and open to the public
HANNAH BROWN, The Jerusalem Post, June 28, 2014:
"One of the funniest, truest films ever made about being young, female and at the bottom of the food chain in a rigid, impersonal organization, Talya Lavie's Zero Motivation dazzles with its believable dialogue, spot-on acting, careful plotting and subversive black humor. The movie, which is about women soldiers at an IDF base in the Negev ... is being billed as MASH for the 21st century. It's a mock epic that pokes fun at the smallness of the roles these young women are confined to take ... More than just a farce about military bureaucracy ... a story about how young women's spirits are broken by the world if they don't look out for themselves.
About the Festival
The Middle East Institute Film Festival features the best in contemporary filmmaking from the Middle East, bringing a bit of the region's artistic perspective to the Quad Cities. The six-day festival will take place at the Rozz Tox in Rock Island, the Figge Museum of Art in Davenport, and the St. Ambrose Galvin Fine Arts Center. Events include commentary by film festival curator Ghen Zando-Dennis.