Salt of This Sea

  • A man and woman with dark olive skin and brown hair look off into the distance. The sea is in the background.

The Arab Film and Media Institute presents the 3rd Annual Arab Women in the Arts Showcase

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. Slowly she is taken apart by the reality around her and is forced to confront her own internal 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.

About the filmmaker: Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir has been working in independent film since 1994 and has written, directed and produced a number of short films including A post Oslo history (1998), The satellite shooters (2001) and Like twenty impossibles (2003). She works as a freelance editor and cinematographer and also teaches. Salt of this Sea is her first feature film, then she directed When I saw youWajib is her third feature film.

About AFMI:  The Arab Film and Media Institute is the first organization of its kind outside the Arab world, a unique ecosystem to find, nurture and develop Arab film and media projects. It was rebranded from the Arab Film Festival in 2017 to fulfill its broader mandate to empower local Arab talent to tell their communities’ stories in their own voices. Through film, education, mentorship, and new media, AFMI’s mission is to enhance public understanding of Arab culture and provide insight into the beauty, complexity and diversity intrinsic to the Arab world.  For more information, visit

1h 49m
Annemarie Jacir
Arabic, Hebrew, English
  • Assisted Listening