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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Soundtracks

Bahriyya
Composed by Marcel Khalife / (p) Nagam Records
Reinterpreted and Performed by Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar (aka Suheil Nafar), Mahmud Jreri (Dam, aka DAM) and with Kayvon Sarfejooy (DJ K-Salaam) & Nick Phillips (Beatnick)
Concept by Annemarie Jacir, under the direction of Kamran Rastegar
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One side of the coin
9 December 2009 | by lwtuajdSee all my reviews

Cinema, in my eyes, is an art. The best pieces of art in almost any medium are subjective pieces of work they allow you to understand what the artist's feelings, emotion, messages etc. are. However when inducing politics into art one should be very objective. It is impossible to set out a rational film on a political issue if the movie is made in a subjective manner. 'Salt of this Sea' is one such movie where a strive has been made to critique a very delicate situation in Isreal/Palestine, however it is done in such a narrow scope, and at times, disgustingly sentimental way. The mere fact that in the movie, the main character feels such a strong connection with a place she has never been before, is almost laughable, as is the demonising of almost all Isreali characters throughout the film. There can be no doubt that some of the plot and events in the film have merit, but there is an overwhelming bias toward one side of a very complex and challenging issue, that it does no justice to history of the story it is trying to tell.


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