Holy Air

Holy Air is part of the Israeli Film Festival at Alex Theatre in St Kilda. In this witty comedy, a Nazareth businessman must negotiate with the holy city’s rulers, gangsters and his own family, when he tries one last get rich scheme – selling “holy air”. Adam (writer/director Shady Srour) is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman who runs a foundation for women’s rights. With a string of failed business ideas behind him and in urgent need of cash, Adam comes up one last brilliant idea selling Holy Air. Taking to the streets and selling to tourists the very air that the Virgin Mary breathed is a sure fire winner. But a venture like this requires the cooperation of the three powerful cultures ruling Nazareth – the Jewish politicians, the Muslim mafia boss and Catholic officials. In a politically unstable world where religion is just another merchandise can the Holy Air be Adam’s salvation or is it just an illusion? 81 minutes, 2017. Viewer advice: not recommended for children under the age of 15 without parental guidance.

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