Salt of This Sea

2008 [ARABIC]

Drama / Romance

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54% · 13 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 65% · 1K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.8/10 10 1464 1.5K

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965.54 MB
Arabic 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 45 min
Seeds 1
1.94 GB
Arabic 5.1
25 fps
1 hr 45 min
Seeds 6

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by albertval-69560 7 / 10


It's true. This movie lacks nuance. And it may be true that it delivers its message rather harshly and caustically. It may even be considered more as a propaganda rather than an introspective film about trampled rights to a homeland.

But if this story is based on Soraya Tahini's actual experience when she visited the West Bank, then the viewer must take notice and, at least, listen up.

This is her story and that of Emad whom she befriended in Ramallah. Who could deny her feelings when she enters her grandfather's home in Jaffa for the first time? Is she wrong to say out loud that it was stolen from them? For Emad, visiting his family's hometown near Hebron is gut-wrenching knowing that it was the scene of a massacre of Palestinian civilians during the war of '48. In fact, the film pays tribute to the victims of that tragedy.

I thought of how the film will end after that scene in ad Dawayima where Soraya and Emad had to leave as it has been transformed into a historical park.

Suheir Hammad and Saleh Bakri bring us to those places that are important to the Palestinian identity and psyche. They succeed as actors in weaving a compelling narrative about what things are and what could be in this troubled land. They pose questions with no easy answers.

Reviewed by lee_eisenberg 8 / 10

Talk about newly relevant!

The current situation with Gaza makes Annemarie Jacir's "Milh Hadha al-Bahr" ("Salt of This Sea" in English) all the more relevant. The protagonist is a Brooklyn woman of Palestinian descent who goes to her ancestral land for the first time. Subjected to a humiliating search in the Israeli airport, she eventually makes her way to Ramallah.

Jacir's movie - which was Palestine's submission to the 81st Academy Awards as nominee for Best Foreign Language Film- isn't about political arguments. It's about what everyone in the area feels like they've gone through. Basically, it seeks to find everyone's humanity while still making clear the humiliation that the Palestinians suffer on a daily basis (and how plenty of Israelis refuse to acknowledge this).

This isn't the sort of movie that you'd watch to understand the situation there in detail, but it still gives a good feeling of things. It could be a double bill with Julian Schnabel's "Miral". I recommend it.

Reviewed by vcuty 9 / 10

One of the Best films i have seen this year ( 2008)

i have watched this film, during Cairo's film festival for year 2008 it was very hard to get in and see it because there was a huge crowd trying to watch it anyway i struggled and i got in and it was really worth it the story,so natural,the acting ..the scenery..the whole thing brought tears into my eyes and OR eally wished this film wouldn't end.. then i met with the actress and the director, whom informed us that the film was shot in real location by real people,even soldiers ..etc and they struggled and went through hardship in-order to bring this film into light with their own budget i encourage all of you to go and watch it or rent is worth it and portrays a vivid image of the situation in the occupied lands.. well done

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