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Melodrama about an affair between an Arab and Israeli. Mali, the daughter of a garage owner in Jaffa falls pregnant by her Arab boyfriend Tewfik (one of her father's mechanics), and they plan to elope abroad. However, following an argument with Mali's brother Meir, who is killed by accident, Tewfik is jailed. Mali decides to keep the baby but does not reveal the identity of the child's father. Nine years later Tewfik is released from jail and contacts Mali.

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