When an Israeli and a Palestinian fall in love that, in itself, is not dramatic. When, however, this love rises to the level of shaping history itself, it becomes a testament to the indomitable human will to transcend the oceanic divide between two bitter enemies.
Based on the book by R.F. Georgy
Screenplay by Leslie Allen Eran Riklis
Producers Michael Sharfshtein Moshe Edery Leon Edery Eran Riklis
Absolution opens in 2018 where the Prime Minister of Israel, Avi Eban, is in Oslo preparing to accept his Noble Peace Prize for his efforts in helping to establish a Palestinian state. The chief Palestinian negotiator was red haired woman, Alena Said, a woman who once loved Avi.
Columbia University, New York City, 1985. The young Avi encountered a beautiful red haired girl handing out flyers. As Avi approached the table, the girl handed him a flyer, with her name and phone number on it. He noticed the flyer was for the Arab cultural organization on campus. Confused, he turned the flyer over and noticed the name, Alena Said. He had assumed the girl was Swedish. How could she be Arab?
What followed was an epic love story. Avi and Alena both searched for something that transcended their separate yet intersecting paths. Avi fell in love with the enemy, but came to realize that the enemy was not the convenient representations of a dehumanized other. The enemy was within. The enemy was fear. Alena’s identity was tied to a two-sided framework defined by the suffering of her people. Alena had to navigate herself out of this black and white mode of understanding. She had to come to terms with the fact that her enemy was the victim of historical madness. In the end, it was absolution that defined the tragic nature of Avi and Alena’s love, a love that came and went but was instrumental in ending a long, historic confrontation that seemed to have no solution. Except for Absolution.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
R.F. Georgy was born in Cairo in 1964. In 1974, his father, who worked as an electrical engineer for Egypt Air, decided to emigrate to the United States. Upon completing high school in Los Angeles, he went on to the University of California at San Diego where he spent a year and a half and then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where he studied philosophy.