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Friday Film: There's No Therapy Like Dolphin Therapy

Crossposted from Midnight East

An adventure of the heart, mind and sea, “Dolphin Boy,” screening August 1 to 15 at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, dives into the blue mystery of the ocean and its redemptive powers with all the suspense of a thriller. Written and directed by Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir, the film tells the story of a young man, Morad, who was savagely beaten in 2006 after sending an innocent text message to a girl in his class. Although he recovered from his physical injuries, he became detached from the world and unable to speak. Five years later, at the film’s Israeli premiere on July 14, 2011, Morad stood onstage in front of a full house, a contemporary hero and a living testimony to an amazing recovery.

Morad’s family, with their unswerving devotion and their willingness to do and try anything that might help him, is at the heart of this story. His father, Asad, leaves his job and home to take Morad to the Dolphin Reef in Eilat, while his mother and sister remain in their village of of Qalansua in northern Israel.

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