Asian Diaspora On Screen


May 11, 2023

In 1948, a Palestinian girl from a rural village dreams of going to school in the city until a devastating invasion changes her and every Palestinian's life in unimaginable ways.

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FARHA (2021) - HD Trailer - English Subtitles


For Palestinians, May 15th is the anniversary of the Nakba ("the Catastrophe"), in which Israeli forces invaded and seized Palestinian lands in 1948, killing or displacing residents numbering in the hundreds of thousands and causing a mass exodus of Palestinians into neighboring countries. Farha is one girl's experience of that day. It localizes a tragedy of such magnitude to a single perspective. Director Darin J. Sallam's grandparents were living witnesses to that event, and Farha is based on their accounts and the accounts of other survivors who were forced to flee that fateful day in May.

D: Darin J. Sallam, Jordan, 2022, 1h32m

Programmed as part of the Asian Diaspora on Screen series in collaboration with the Dartmouth Asian American Studies Collective (DAASC).

Farha depicts a relatively small-scale tragedy considering the scope of the violence. Yet the drama, which primarily unfolds in a tiny storage room, speaks volumes.”

Beatrice Loayza, NYT
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