SYNOPSIS: 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. Stubborn, passionate and determined to reclaim what is hers, she fulfills her life-long dream of “returning” to Palestine. Once there, 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. In this quest for life, we follow their trail through remains of Palestine. This prize winning film is the debut feature length work from Annemarie Jacir (Like Twenty Impossibles) it premiered at Cannes to critical acclaim. Featuring Palestinian poet Suheir Hammad and emerging Palestinian star Saleh Bakri in their first lead roles, Jacir’s film also picked up twelve international awards and was theatrically released in Europe, the US, and Asia.
AWARDS & SELECTIONS: World Premiere, Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection, Un Certain Regard, 2008, Palestine’s Official Oscar Entry, Foreign Language Film, 2008, First Prize – Best Film, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival Italy, 2008, Randa Chahal Award, Carthage International Film Festival, 2008, FIPRESCI Critics Award, Osians Arab & Asian Film Festival, 2008, Best First Film, Traverse City Film Festival, 2009, Special Jury Prize Oran International Festival of Arab Cinema, 2009, Audience Choice Award, New Orleans Int. Human Rights Film Festival, 2010, Best Screenplay Dubai International Film Festival, 2008, Jury Prize, Osians Arab & Asian Film Festival, 2008, Sopadin Finalist, Grand Prix du Meilleur Scenariste 2007, Audience Choice Award, Chicago Pali Film Festival 2009, Audience Choice Award, Houston Pali Film Festival, 2009, Winner of Gan Foundation Award 2007, Recipient of Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media 2007, Amiens Screenplay Development Pre-selection 2004, Berlinale Co-Production Market Selection 2005, Sundance Screenwriters Lab Selection 2005, Hubert Bals Development Award 2005, London BFI Film Festival, Official Selection, Pusan International Film Festival, Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival, Official Selection.