FILM: Salt of This Sea

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The Palestinian film Salt of this Sea, shown at Cannes in 2008, is screening in London at the French Institute from May 21-30 – Book your tickets here…

The first feature film by a Palestinian woman, Salt of This Sea tells the story of Soraya, a third-generation, working-class Palestinian refugee living in Brooklyn, New York. Soraya discovers that her grandfather’s savings have been frozen in a bank account in Jaffa since he was expelled in 1948. Determined to reclaim what is theirs, she fulfills her life-long dream to return to Palestine, but is rebuffed by the bank. It is then she meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, in contrast to hers, is to leave Palestine forever. Tired of the constraints that dictate their lives, Soraya and Emad know that in order to be free, they must take things into their own hands, even it means breaking the law…

“This film is my personal voice, intimate,… it’s the voice of my family, of my village, of my people. It’s the voice of every refugee…” – Saleh Bakri, actor

“Annemarie Jacir’s filmic vision is brilliant, emotional, intense and fresh. Salt of this Sea is absolutely one of the best films I’ve seen in years” -Michael Moore, Director

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