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POMEGRANATES AND MYRRH

by Najwa Najjar

synopsis

Zaid and Kamar are Christians Atrabs and are married. Their happiness as newly weds does not last long though, for soon after the wedding a conflict about the confiscation of Zaid's olive farm and up with him being put in prison for an indefinite period of time. Kamar is a strong and modern woman, and to survive this difficult period, she decides to pick up her love for dancing again and joins a group of traditional Palestinian folk dance despite her family's disapproval. A new choreographer, the Palestinian returnee Kais, joins the dance group and brings a fresh breeze to the group and to Kamar. Her life is thrown into turmoil as she becomes increasingly attached to Kais and is cought between her desire to dance and not braking family and social taboos about the role of a prisoner's wife, while life under occupation rages on...

international title: Pomegranates and Myrrh
original title: Al-Mor wa al rumman
country: Palestine, Germany, France, Kuwait
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Najwa Najjar
film run: 95'
screenplay: Najwa Najjar
cast: Hiam Abbass, Yasmine Al Massri, Ashraf Farah, Ali Suliman
cinematography by: Valentina Caniglia
film editing: Bettina Böhler, Sotira Kyriacou
music: Mychael Danna, Amritha Fernandes Bakshi
producer: Hani E. Kort, Robin Gutch, Kamal El Kacimi, Daniel Gräbner, Thierry Lenouvel
production: Rif Films, Ciné-Sud Promotion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), Ustura Films Palestine (PS), Desert Door Productions (KW)
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