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
User Reviews: Cogent, well written, well acted, and well directed.
Filming was excellent. The film moved in the correct tempo with ample economy and control .
Story was of an important matter that is often suppressed.
Much more poetic than polemic.
Strong female lead and direction was not self-righteously or overbearingly so.
Creative and multifaceted script.
More than adequate character development.
Balanced presentation between societal and personal.