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Salt of This Sea (2008)
"Milh Hadha al-Bahr" (original title)

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A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home.

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Marwan
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Soraya, born in Brooklyn in a working class community of Palestinian refugees, discovers that her grandfather's savings were frozen in a bank account in Jaffa when he was exiled in 1948. Direct, stubborn, and determined to reclaim what is hers, she fulfills her life-long dream of "returning" to Palestine. Slowly she is taken apart by the reality around her and is forced to confront her own anger. She meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, they know in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands, even if it's illegal Written by JBA Production

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3 September 2008 (France)  »

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€800,000 (estimated)

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$4,973 (USA) (13 August 2010)

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$10,794 (USA) (15 October 2010)
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Subtle propaganda film
1 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Much of the claim made by the Palestinians that they were dispossessed and live under occupation is simply false. So I understand why people who know nothing about history and see a young woman who was born in Brooklyn, but wants her grandfather's savings and house, are sympathetic to her.

But, the big lie made by the Palestinians is that they were dispossessed. They were not dispossessed at all. There was a partition plan. The Jews accepted the partition plan even though it was not ideal; the Arabs did not.The Arabs followed the orders of their leaders who guaranteed they would be returning to their homes after the Arab armies pushed the Jews into the sea.The combined Arab armies could not defeat the smaller Jewish army. If the Palestinians are angry at anyone, direct your anger to Egypt and Syria.

Jewish history in Israel goes back over 3000 years. So, I am not moved by the main character's claim to her house. Even before it was your house, it belonged to the Jews. By repeating your claims over and over and louder and louder do not make them true.

For me, this film is just another example of political propaganda.


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