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Milh Hadha Al-bahr (Salt Of This Sea)
A dramatic and edgy thriller, set in modern-day Palestine, marks director Annemarie Jacir's first full-length feature. Soraya is a Brooklyn-born Palestinian, who at the age of 28, is determined to return to her homeland and make a new life for herself. But upon returning, her excitement and optimism is harshly curtailed when she discovers herself blocked from claiming pre-1948 family assets. Disillusioned by the harsh reality of life in the beleaguered territories, she teams up with a young Palestinian, Emad, who's yearning to escape the country. As the pair struggle to realise their dreams and ambitions, it becomes apparent that they will have to take matters into their own hands and risk everything they have in the search of freedom. A mastery of emotional narrative makes this acclaimed feature stand out, with its sensitive, yet pacy treatment of a gripping story. It was a Cannes Official Selection this year, as well as winning the International Critics Award FIPRESCI Prize at Osians 2008.
2008 / Arabic and English dialogue with English and Arabic subtitles / Colour and Black & White / 109 mins
Genre: Adventure, Drama and Romance
Programme: Muhr Arabic Feature
Premiere: GCC Premiere
Rating: 15+
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Producer: Annemarie Jacir, Jacques Bidou
Scriptwriter: Annemarie Jacir
DOP: Benoit Chamaillard
Editor: Michèle Hubinon
Composer: Kamran Rastegatr
Cast: Riyad Deis, Saleh Bakri, Suheir Hammad