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

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Hava
Craig Marker ...
Justin
Poni Chesser ...
Rafia
Girja Shankar ...
Abdul
Nancy Carlin ...
Sue
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Baboo
Jeanette Penley ...
Molly
Noor Shic ...
Zakia
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Matt
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Joyce Carlin ...
Teacher
Azhar Shah ...
Bashir
Suhail Tayeb ...
Salman
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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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Comedy | Romance

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11 March 2005 (USA)  »

Box Office

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

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$15,052 (USA) (1 April 2005)
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1 December 2015 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed watching Night of Henna in a small screening with the film maker. It was great to hear the stories of how the film came to be and some of the behind the scenes info! As an aspiring film maker it felt good to 'rub elbows' with someone who is actually doing it! Keeping in mind it was his first film, I thought it was good for what it was. Many of the actors were quite attractive. In some places granted the acting could have been better, but hey, it was a low budget first film. Give a guy a break. Of course the subject matter is important. The cultural clashes and how things worked out in the end is a testimony to the human spirit and how the world is changing for the better. Yay!


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