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

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  3 September 2008 (France)
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A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Riyad Ideis ...
Dana Drigov ...
Airport Agent 1
Edna Blilious ...
Airport Agent 2 (Ilana) (as Edna Balilous)
Male Agent
Hagar Lotem ...
Young Agent
Renana Lotem ...
Body Search Agent
Sylvie Wetz ...
Corinne (as Sylvie Wetz)
Yahya Barakat ...
Khaled Hourani ...
Ismael Dabbag ...
Bank Teller
Jack Saadeh ...
Bank Manager
Iman Aoun ...
Wealthy Landlord
Giras Abu Sabbah ...
Cinematheque Bouncer


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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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 September 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bu Denizin Tuzu  »

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€800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,794 (USA) (15 October 2010)

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1.66 : 1
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Palestine's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »


Composed by Marcel Khalife / (p) Nagam Records
Reinterpreted by Tamer Nafar, Suheil Nafar, Mahmud Greiri (DAM)
Kayvon Sarfejooy (DJ K-Salaam) & Nick Phillips (Beatnick)
Concept & Under the direction of Annemarie Jacir & Kamran Rastegar
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Very moving and enlightening movie Americans should see
8 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A friend of ours who is of Palestinian descent invited us to see this movie at Berkeley's California theater and didn't know what to expect. The movie was presented by the Arab Film Festival to a sold out crowd. This movie took us on an eye opening journey of how horribly Palestinians refugees are treated by the settlers. During painful moments in the movie, the audience around me would sigh and groan at what was happening. I thought "It's just a movie" and then realized it is not just a movie. It is what is truly happening now, today! Though I am not Palestinian, I would remember stories my Mother told me about how the Japanese would treat Filipinos during the war. The minimization of an entire culture of people by invaders who believed they had right to her country. I truly recommend every American who has not read or heard of the history of Palistine see this movie. I hope to see more movies about Palistine in hopes we can learn more and understand what is the truth.

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