Milh Hadha al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea) 2008 Ages 15+
Sun 14 April 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 109 MINUTES, PALESTINE/BELGIUM/FRANCE/SPAIN/SWITZERLAND, ARABIC/ENGLISH/HEBREW (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: ANNEMARIE JACIR / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BENOÎT CHAMAILLARD / EDITOR: MICHÈLE HUBINON / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PYRAMID
‘Born and raised in Brooklyn, Soraya travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather’s savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile.
Struggling to feel at home in the land of her ancestors, she meets Emad, a young Palestinian whose ambition, contrary to hers, is to leave forever.
Stubborn, passionate, and determined to reclaim what’s theirs, she and Emad set out on a road trip for poetic justice across a lush Palestinian (now Israeli) landscape — after which there is no return.
Annemarie Jacir’s debut represents a fresh, viscerally affecting, and definitive statement from second-generation Palestinian Americans.
Rife with symbolism, the colour-saturated lensing of Palestinian landscapes and evocative score make palpable the yearning and frustration of a quest to reclaim what was stolen.’ – Roya Rastegar, Tribeca Film Festival
The first feature film from Palestine by a female director, Salt of this Sea is the politically and emotionally explosive story of Soraya (Suheir Hammad), a Brooklyn-born woman of Palestinian lineage who comes to Israel to search for the land and ancestral home near Jaffa from where her grandparents were ejected 60 years ago. Once she arrives, reality strikes hard and her mission to claim what is hers and fulfill her lifelong dream to “return” to Palestine is obstructed at every turn. Having discovered that her grandfather’s bank account was frozen and seized in 1948, she goes to the new Ramallah branch of the bank to claim the funds. Frustrated and deluded when her demands are rebuffed, she and her new Palestinian boyfriend Emad decide to take control of their own destinies by every means possible – even if it means breaking the law. — (C) Lorber