Opening at The Ross on Friday, March 2, THE INSULT uses its familiar courtroom drama framework to deliver a hard-hitting statement on modern Middle Eastern politics that's as gripping as it is thought-provoking. THE INSULT is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The tinderbox of Lebanese politics and identity sparks into a controlled conflagration in Ziad Doueiri's calculatedly explosive drama “THE INSULT.” --Jay Weissberg, Variety There is something undeniably exhilarating about the film's honest assessment of the never-ending conflict between decency and cruelty that rages in every nation, neighborhood, and heart. –A.O. Scott, The New York Times Gripping entertainment, passionate and humane, fascinating in the particulars of its court proceedings and political maneuvering, convincing in its insistence that a dumb fight over a leaking gutter could upend a fractious country. –Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice THE INSULT is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, March 2 through Thursday, March 8. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated THE INSULT R (for language and some violent images). In today's Beirut, a civilian dispute blown out of proportion finds Tony (Adel Karam), a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser (Kamel El Basha), a Palestinian refugee, facing off in court. As the media circus surrounding the case threatens a social explosion in divided Lebanon, Tony and Yasser reconsider their values and beliefs as revelations of trauma complicate their understanding of one another.