An Israeli woman living under false pretenses is haunted by her past in A.K.A. NADIA, a powerful meditation on the personal and political nature of identity.
Born into a Palestinian family, the naïve and love-struck Nadia severs ties to her Jerusalem home life, and follows a PLO activist (Ali Suliman) to London where they secretly marry. When her husband is arrested, Nadia finds herself alone and in exile, with no option of returning to Israel where she is viewed as a terrorist. Flash forward twenty years, Nadia has forged a new identity as Maya, an Israeli Jew who by all appearances enjoys a successful life as a choreographer, devoted mother, and wife to a high-ranking Ministry of Justice official (Oded Leopold). But the resurfacing of a figure from her past threatens to unravel both her family and her own sense of self.
A.K.A. NADIA features a tightly calibrated performance by Neta Shpigelman as the titular Nadia, as well as Oscar nominee John Hurt in a small but pivotal role. Nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards and winner of the Israeli Critics’ Forum Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, Tova Ascher’s directorial debut examines the sense of otherness experienced by outsiders living in an intolerant society.
in Hebrew and English with English subtitles