directed by Annemarie Jacir
An urgent and devastating portrait of life in Palestine, Salt of This Sea is essential viewing.
Sixty years after her grandparents’ exile from Jaffa, Soraya (Suheir Hammad) discovers that her family’s bank account was frozen after the Arab-Israeli war. She decides to leave Brooklyn for her homeland, determined to reclaim her birthright, through whatever means necessary. With the help of her disillusioned lover Emad (Saleh Bakri) and his filmmaker pal Marwan (Riyad Ideis), they plan on one big heist to settle the historical debt. Driving through the countryside like an Arab (and pacifist) Bonnie and Clyde, Soraya and Emad discover their roots while rejecting their status as exiles.
Hammad and Bakri attack their roles with feral intensity, electrifying the screen. The first fiction feature of Palestinian-American director Annemarie Jacir, and the first feature film from Palestine by a female director, it is an intimate, urgent and rousing piece of political filmmaking.
Official film trailer on YouTube
“Brilliant, emotional, intense, and fresh… One of the best films I’ve seen in years.”
“One of the landmark Palestinian films of the decade.”
“This film is so full of spunk, madness, love, and sadness – that camera is shooting right out of the director’s heart. Viva Salt!”
Finding a sense of home in “Salt of this Sea” (EI review)