Foreign Letters | 2014
Set in the early 80's, 12-year-old Ellie arrives in the US from Israel, coping with homesickness and humiliations in school where she can't manage to fit in. Ellie survives by cleaving to the letters she exchanges with her best friend back home. Life brightens when she meets Thuy, a Vietnamese refugee her age. Slow but persistent, she wins Thuy's trust. The two girls, having both arrived from war-torn countries, find solace and adventure with each other. They become inseparable. Ellie, however, takes it personally when Thuy consistently prioritizes her studies.The two hurt each other, the trust is broken, and their friendship comes to its end. Ellie must give up her efforts to blend in and embrace who she is, in order to win her friend back. As the girls watch the sun rise after yet another sleep-over, Ellie writes her friend in Israel about her new-found wisdom: that not even one's parents, or oceans, or wars, can change the fact that once you are friends with someone - it's forever.