On Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Friends Community Room, Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will present “For My Father,” the first film in The Face of the Other, a three-part Film and Discussion series that will continue Thursday evenings through September as part of the library’s series of events for the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

For centuries, individuals, groups and entire nations have been cast in the role of “the other.” In the modern era of sound bites and swiftly shifting geopolitical situations, we are left wondering, who is the other? Does the other even exist outside of our fears? Do we need to “kill or be killed” or can we accept our differences?  What might be possible when we pause and look into The Face of the Other?

The three evenings in this film and discussion series, which include a feature film, a television episode and a documentary film, each explore these questions in their own way. Bill Halpin and Saskia Huising of Meetingbrook will lead the post-screening discussions.

In “For My Father,” Tarek, a young Palestinian, contends with the very real possibility that he will die a violent death within two days. He knows when it will happen, right down to the exact hour, because he is a suicide bomber, assigned to walk into a crowded market in Tel Aviv and trigger the device strapped inside his clothes. When his trigger fails on him, Tarek (Shredi Jabarin) is given a stay of execution, so to speak, for 48 hours, awaiting a replacement trigger. But during this time, he forms a meaningful bond with a young Israeli woman and, as a result, begins to rethink the value of his own life.

“For My Father” won awards at both the Moscow and Cinequest film festivals. The series will continue Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. with “I, Borg,” a TV episode in which the question of exterminating a race or group of people begins to be questioned after the capture of a single enemy combatant; and Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. with the documentary “As We Forgive,” in which both perpetrators and survivors in Rwanda meet in an attempt to heal the wounds from the genocide of the mid-1990s.

Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.