How well do we really know the people we love? That’s the question at the center of director Ziad Doueiri’s 2012 film The Attack. Screening here as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Arab Worlds series, a complement to the contemporary Arab focus of FotoFest 2014 Biennial, The Attack is set amid the Israeli--Palestinian conflict. A promising Arab surgeon working in Tel Aviv is involved in treating victims from a nearby suicide bombing. When one of the deceased turns out to be his wife — and the likely perpetrator of the massacre — the doctor is confused. He heads to the West Bank to find some answers, and doesn’t like everything he uncovers. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called The Attack “an intelligent, involving movie that’s by turns a murder mystery and a politically charged argument about contemporary Palestinian identity.”
Filmmaker and University of Houston research professor Carroll Parrott Blue introduces the screening. A question-and--answer session with director Doueiri (one of Blue’s former students) via Skype follows the screening.