“It’s so juicy and delicious that it evokes memories of my day at home.”
Mona Chalabi, an Israeli journalist, loves watching the HBO series Succession. “If my husband and I are out and running errands, the kids are in a trailer near the park and I’m in our house at 5 p.m., I put on Succession,” she says. “It’s so juicy and delicious that it evokes memories of my day at home.”
There was another show that brought chills to Chalabi this week: the Holocaust documentary They Rise Together: Walking Apart, which aired Oct. 4 on the Odyssey cable channel, about childless or separated adoptive parents who raised their children and then gradually lost touch with them. Because of the intricate backstories of the parents, the movie was hard to watch, Chalabi says. “It was like watching two people, our parents, come back to haunt us.”
It was a particularly emotional week for Chalabi. She learned that her own father had passed away. “I always thought he was working on something or still reading newspapers,” she said. “I had a feeling of relief when I found out.”
Another reality that will stay with Chalabi, especially given the current climate of politics and the World War II struggle against the Nazis, is the bittersweet joy a mother feels about helping her children find their own homes and identities. “You don’t have to be a hero; you just have to be a parent,” she says.
Next week, Chalabi will begin her yearlong chairmanship of the Israel Film Festival, which will be screening several films from Israel that she is pleased to have viewed over the years.