Another Road Home: Humanist Docu about Israeli and Palestinian Families

Another Road Home is a deeply personal chronicle of an Israeli woman’s quest to reconnect with her Muslim Palestinian caregiver.

Exploring the delicate boundaries between family, class, and politics with unsentimental acuity seasoned by deep affection, director Danae Elon illuminates not only the often troubled political heritage shared by these two families, but a hope for the future,

Shortly after the Six Day War in 1967, Danae Elon’s highly educated parents, the noted Israeli author Amos Elon, and former correspondent and literary agent Beth Elon, hired Musa Obeidallah, the father of eleven children, to take care of their six-month old daughter on a daily basis. It was a job Musa would continue for the next twenty years.

Through hard work and sacrifice, Musa managed to save enough money to send his eight sons to America for education and career opportunity. The last time Danae saw Musa, in 1991, he proudly showed her the house he constructed in Battir.

Against the mounting tensions of the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian Intifada, the two families lost track of each other. Over the years, Danae realized how much of an influence Musa had in her upbringing. Her quest to reconnect with Musa led her from her home in New York to Paterson, New Jersey, then to the Palestinian village of Battir in the occupied territories, and back to her birthplace in Jerusalem.

As they carefully break the silence, the encounters between Danae and Musa’s sons, and eventually Musa himself, bring to the surface a story that is alternately heartwarming and painful.

The first release from GeoQuest Entertainment Group Ltd., Another Road Home offers a look at the relationship between two families, one Israeli, and one Palestinian. In spite of contrasting lives, they shared humanity of the highest kind.

 

About Danae Elon

Born in Jerusalem, Danae Elon is the daughter of prominent progressive journalist and author Amos Elon.  In 1995, her first documentary, Never Again, Forever, earned the Golden Spire Award from the San Francisco Film Festival