Saturday, February 9, 2013

Family and Community

Corner Store
2010.  70 minutes. USA. Directed by Katherine Bruens. Watchdate: 5/24/2011.
You should really check out  Corner Store, now available to watch for free on Hulu. I think this documentary is great but I am biased because the director is my older sister. The documentary follows the owner of a corner store located in San Francisco who emigrated a decade ago as an economic refugee due to the Second Intifada in Palestine. The documentary  his reunification with the family he had long been separated from, and the decisions associated with whether he should move back to the West Bank or bring his family over to the U.S. I have seen at least three different cuts of the movie by now and each time I get caught up in it emotionally. I actually get choked up at the end. So this movie is in good company with You Can't Take It With You, Up, and The Shawshank Redemption - all movies that make me cry.

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