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Night of Henna (2005)

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A beautiful Pakistani woman has to make choice between her true love or an arranged marriage by her family.



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After nine years spent learning "how to be a good Pakistani daughter" from the grandparents who raised her, Hava is excited to touch down at San Francisco International Airport and reunite with her mother, her cab-driving father, and, to a lesser extent, her surly, fully-Americanized younger brother. Thrilled by the new culture that surrounds her, Hava hopes to take advantage of opportunities less available to women in Pakistan, including enrolling in college classes and working part-time at a coffee shop. Though she manages to achieve both goals, behind her father's back of course, it seems Night of Henna is not headed toward the realization of Hava's humble dreams: the opening scene flashes forward to reveal preparations for her very traditional, very prearranged wedding day. This bit of information also casts a shadow over Hava's tentative romance with Justin, a preppy musician who encourages her to explore her individuality. - After nine years spent learning "how to be a good ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 March 2005 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,430 (USA) (11 March 2005)


$15,052 (USA) (1 April 2005)

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After the terrorist attacks on the USA of 11 September 2001, this was the first feature film to be shot in San Francisco International Airport. See more »

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A Message of Hope
17 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having just viewed this film 'Night of Henna', I was moved by a story showing people of vastly different backgrounds letting love overcome the adversity of clashing cultures and politics. This film showed how today's political and religious differences affect people on a one-to-one basis. But, despite conveying an important message of hope, "Night of Henna" was still quite fun and provided many good laughs for its audience. The music, pervasive throughout the film, provided a youthful pulse, well-matched to the film's vividly colorful and artful cinematography. The characters, especially the beautiful lead female Hava and her delightfully funny mother, were well developed. I very much enjoyed "Night of Henna" and recommend it!

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