Foreign Letters

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    Noa Rotstein and Dalena Le in Foreign Letters


Foreign Letters


Sunday Mar 03 01:00 PM
Wednesday Mar 06 07:30 PM
Thursday Mar 14 01:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


About the Film:

Directed by Ela Thier, 2012, USA, 100 mins. Hawai‘i premiere

It’s 1982 and 12-year-old Ellie, newly arrived in the US from Israel, anxiously waits for letters from her best friend back home. Suffering from homesickness, language difficulties, and rejection at school, life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Trust slowly builds as the two teach each other about life in America. Based on the filmmaker’s own experience, Foreign Letters is a story about prejudice, poverty, shame, and the power of friendship to heal us. Winner: Honorable Mention, Nashville International Film Festival.

View the trailer.

Special guest: Dr. Marina M. Roytman will introduce the film on March 3 at 1pm

Dr Marina M. Roytman was born in Moldova, former Soviet Union. She came to the United States in 1991 at the age of 17 shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union. She is a physician at Queens' Medical Center and a mother to a kindergartner and a first-grader.


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