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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.

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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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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:

EUR800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,973, 15 August 2010

Gross USA:

$11,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$736,502
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Palestine's first feature film by a female director. See more »

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Middle East/Manara
Composed and performed by Kayvon Sarfejooy (DJ K-Salaam) & Nick Phillips (Beatnick)
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Sublime!
28 February 2010 | by telhamiyaSee all my reviews

Jacir paints with precise strokes, each hue reflecting the truth in a way that entertains and enlightens. She creates a virtual travelogue of dispossession in the form of an outrage wrapped in a tragedy; paradoxically revealed in a beautiful film. It takes us beyond the fair and balanced view of history that each side has a point and reminds us that we are all on the same side and that is the only point that matters. The film forces us to see what is plain and in doing so makes clear the choices we make and the consequences of those choices. We are the central characters in this human drama.

The film unfolds easily in a style that is both free and rebellious, through the reflection of a bruised and suffocated Palestine. The courage of the heroine, her unwavering strength, faith and rejection of injustice mark a path where everything is but difficult and her refusal to bury her dreams contrast starkly with the reality imposed on the characters. Salt of the Sea is a deeply layered film, a film that is quasi-militant and seeped in passion, but devoid of hatred of any kind. Salt of the Sea has proved to be a great discovery, a film that is both courageous and necessary. And as a bonus, a sublime find: Suheir Hammad - both beautiful and vibrant as she moves through a variety of emotions.

Salt of This Sea compels us to make a choice between the cold comfort of indifference or the knowledge that we can make a difference. The turnstiles were installed by us in the land and in our hearts. Salt of This Sea reminds us that we have the power to tear those turnstiles down.


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