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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Wet Dog Ein Nasser Hund


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Screening Information

Ontario Premiere
June 15, 7:30 pm
Leah Posluns Theatre
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Germany
Year 2021
Running Time 103 MIN
Language German
Subtitles English
Director Damir Lukacevic

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The autobiography of German-born Persian Jew Arye Sharuz Shalicar forms the basis for this enlightening coming-of-age film. Seeking acceptance from the predominantly Muslim teenagers who live in his Berlin neighbourhood, Solheil joins a local gang where he becomes known as a graffiti artist. As an act of self-preservation, he hides his Jewish origins. Discovering their plot to rob his parents’ jewellery store, Solheil must decide if his loyalties lie with his family and his religion or with his newly acquired friends. Wet Dog is a masterful exploration of how religious and cultural identity intersect with friendship during the emotionally fraught years of adolescence.

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Review “A powerful, thought provoking narrative, based on Arye Sharuz Shalicar’s autobiography, A Wet Dog is Better than a Dry Jew.” - Film Ink