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Milh Hadha al-Bahr (2008)

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.

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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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

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Very artistic, well directed to reflect only a bit of the Palestinian suffering
31 March 2010 | by omar17166See all my reviews

This is a film well worth seeing by people who want to know more about the reality of the Palestinian tragedy. Artistically made, with no hysterics about showing daily material sufferings, but instead, the ordinary life of Palestinians which has to somehow go on, with laughter, anger, happiness, pain, love, etc. It also reflected the psychological pain felt by the Palestinians wherever they may be (in USA in this case), showing how a Palestinian-American young lady seeking her roots in a country she had never seen before can in fact have the feeling of "longing" and belonging, not in any way different from the feeling of an adopted child upon meeting her/his real parents. The film is of course about Palestine and Palestinians and not about Israel and Israelis, however, it does not "demonize" anyone! See it for yourself and be the judge!


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