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Milh Hadha al-Bahr (2008)

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

Director:

Annemarie Jacir

Writers:

Mamoun El Shinawi (poetry writer), Annemarie Jacir
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Cast

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

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Facebook Page | Official site

Language:

Arabic | English | Hebrew

Release Date:

3 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bu Denizin Tuzu See more »

Filming Locations:

Palestine

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Box Office

Budget:

€800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,000 (France), 3 September 2008, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,973, 15 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,794, 17 October 2010
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Palestine's first feature film by a female director. See more »

Soundtracks

Son of the South
Composed and performed by Marwan Abado
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Excellent
27 December 2015 | by namelessfarmfcSee all my reviews

Cogent, well written, well acted, and well directed.

Filming was excellent. The film moved in the correct tempo with ample economy and control .

Story was of an important matter that is often suppressed.

Much more poetic than polemic.

Strong female lead and direction was not self-righteously or overbearingly so.

Creative and multifaceted script.

More than adequate character development.

Balanced presentation between societal and personal.

Nice lighting.


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