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Israel Film Series Screening: Atomic Falafel

Columbia's Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies presents

Atomic Falafel

Monday, May 2


310 Fayerweather Hall


In a world without an Iran Nuclear Deal, anxious Israeli politicians and military leaders gather in an underground bunker to approve a preemptive strike on Iran, which is about to complete its first nuclear weapon. Above ground in a dusty Negev town, a mother-daughter team runs a falafel truck catering to troops patrolling a nearby nuclear reactor. As the widowed mother falls for a uranium-allergic German nuclear inspector, her daughter and computer whiz boyfriend stumble upon secret files that could prevent nuclear war. As the zany plotlines converge, the Israeli teens and an Iranian teen scramble to thwart war between their countries. Written and directed with absurdist abandon by Dror Shaul (Operation Grandma, Sweet Mud), "Atomic Falafel" is an Israeli "Dr. Strangelove," and was nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards. (93 min)