Jordan’s official Oscar entry Farha grants the Palestinian Diaspora permission to narrate

Darin Sallam (C) is presented the Competition Special Mention award for 'Farha' by Giuseppe Tornatore (L) and Rob Raco (R) at the closing night Award Ceremony at The Red Sea International Film Festival on December 13, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia [Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images for The Red Sea International Film Festival]

On 1 December, Netflix began streaming Farha (2021) worldwide, despite immense pressure directed at the platform to prevent its debut. The film is director Darin J. Sallam's first full-length feature and chronicles the coming-of-age story of its heroine, Farha, a 14-year-old Palestinian teenager who possesses a voracious appetite for books and learning. Farha's cultural background is that of a villager – her Arabic dialect infused with the authenticity often associated with Palestinian grandparents, particularly the generation born in the decade just before or that of the Nakba itself. Yet, what makes Farha a distinguished heroine isn't necessarily her linguistic veracity, it is her bravery and her desire to pursue her education at a school in the neighbouring city. At the […] Source

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