Joel Novoa was born in New York. He studied law at the Metropolitan University in Caracas, and directing at the American Film Institute and at UCLA’s Extension Film Production program. His films include the shorts Cadena reversible (06), Zona cero (09), Machsom (13) and the feature God’s Slave (13).
This bracing political thriller looks back on the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ AMIA building from the perspectives of two men on opposing sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Director Joel Novoa intelligently navigates the film’s sympathies, building toward a climax involving violence, betrayal, and a chance to reconsider the fundamental nature of devotion.