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Salt of This Sea (2008)

  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 293 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 3 September 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: USA:109 min | France:109 min
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Salt of This Sea (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Salt of This Sea (2008)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 293 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 3 September 2008 (France)
  • Runtime: USA:109 min | France:109 min
  • Filming Location: Palestine
  • Budget: €800,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $638,295(France)(3 September 2008)
  • Director: Annemarie Jacir
  • Stars: Suheir Hammad, Saleh Bakri and Riyad Ideis
  • Original Music By: Kamran Rastegar   
  • Soundtrack: Bahriyya
  • Sound Mix: Dolby SR
  • Plot Keyword: Palestine | Beach | Israeli Palestinian Conflict | Bank Robbery | City In Ruins

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Annemarie Jacir  writer

Known Trivia

  • Palestine’s 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.
  • Palestine’s first feature film by a female director.

Plot: A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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. Direct, stubborn, 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 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 illegalWritten by JBA Production  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Joslyn Barnes known as co-producer
  • Bero Beyer known as producer
  • Jacques Bidou known as producer
  • Marianne Dumoulin known as producer
  • Eva Garrido known as associate producer
  • Danny Glover known as co-producer
  • Annemarie Jacir known as co-producer
  • Taher Kosa known as assistant line producer
  • Pierrick Le Pochat known as line producer
  • Pierre-Alain Meier known as co-producer
  • Joseph Rouschop known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Suheir Hammad known as Soraya
  • Saleh Bakri known as Emad
  • Riyad Ideis known as Marwan
  • Dana Drigov known as Airport Agent 1
  • Edna Blilious known as Airport Agent 2 (Ilana) (as Edna Balilous)
  • Ishai Golan known as Male Agent
  • Hagar Lotem known as Young Agent
  • Renana Lotem known as Body Search Agent
  • Sylvie Wetz known as Corinne (as Sylvie Wetz)
  • Yahya Barakat known as Ziad
  • Khaled Hourani known as Khaled
  • Ismael Dabbag known as Bank Teller
  • Jack Saadeh known as Bank Manager
  • Iman Aoun known as Wealthy Landlord
  • Giras Abu Sabbah known as Cinematheque Bouncer
  • Martin Daltry known as Bank Regional Manager
  • Ihab Jadallah known as Street Catcaller
  • Hisham Daraghmeh known as Fakri
  • Um Hussein Al Malhi known as Emad's Mother
  • Oz Shelach known as Jeep (voice)
  • Walid Abdul Salam known as Ministry of Interior Official
  • Ashera Ramadan known as Rawan
  • Mazen Saade known as Landlord Nader Narto
  • Diana Buttu known as Darna Customer
  • Khader known as Chewing Gum Boy
  • Natalie Hamdan known as Chewing Gum Buyer
  • Nathalie Soudah known as Back Off Girl
  • Faras Awad known as Abu Jihad
  • Rami Mussalem known as Soldier
  • Yonatan Zeevi known as Soldier #2
  • Maxim Sansour known as Male Bank Teller #2
  • Taher Kosa known as One Cigarette Taxi
  • Reem Makhoul known as Chamber Maid
  • Shelly Goral known as Irit
  • Avi Ammar known as Store Attendant
  • Jaber Abu Kaoud known as Gas Station Attendent
  • Itay Alvin known as Strip Mall Policeman
  • Tamer Nafar known as Salim Restaurant Worker
  • Juliano Mer-Khamis known as Hiking Leader (as Juliano Mer Khamis)
  • Eilan Kinan known as Haifa Mini-Market Attendant
  • Shurouq As'ad known as Radio Newscaster (voice)
  • Avraham Shalom Levy known as PoliceMan (as Avraham Shalom Levi)
  • Franck Hammar known as Policeman 2
  • Ofir Harpaz known as Airport Entrance Guard



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Manal Hilaneh known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Serge Borgel known as third unit art director
  • Laurie Colson known as assistant art director
  • Shadi Habib Allah known as props
  • Bashar Hasuneh known as assistant art director
  • Yazan Khalili known as first assistant
  • Maissoun Sharkawi known as assistant art director




Production Companies:

  • Augustus Film
  • Clarity Productions
  • JBA Production
  • Louverture Films
  • Mediapro
  • Philistine Films
  • Tarantula
  • Thelma Film

Other Companies:

  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix


  • Pyramide International (2008) (France) (all media)
  • Lorber Films (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Shooting Star Filmcompany BV (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • trigon-film (2008) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Lorber Films (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • New Star (2009) (Greece) (all media)
  • trigon-film (2009) (Switzerland) (DVD) (special edition)



Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • France 16 May 2008 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • France 3 September 2008
  • Finland 19 September 2008 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 26 September 2008 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival)
  • Poland October 2008 (Warsaw Film Festival)
  • South Korea 2 October 2008 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Canada 8 October 2008 (Montréal World Film Festival)
  • UK 15 October 2008 (UK Premiere)
  • Brazil 17 October 2008 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • Russia 29 October 2008
  • Taiwan 16 November 2008
  • Germany 17 November 2008 (Französische Filmtage Tübingen)
  • Greece 18 November 2008 (Thessaloniki International Film Festival)
  • Estonia 20 November 2008 (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival)
  • Egypt 23 November 2008 (Cairo International Film Festival)
  • United Arab Emirates December 2008 (Dubai)
  • Belgium 10 December 2008
  • Greece 22 January 2009
  • USA 16 February 2009 (Portland International Film Festival)
  • France 5 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Cyprus 14 March 2009
  • Denmark 17 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
  • Spain 17 April 2009
  • USA 22 April 2009 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 23 April 2009
  • Turkey 1 July 2009
  • Slovakia 9 July 2009 (Artfilm Festival)
  • South Africa 23 July 2009
  • Australia 25 July 2009 (Melbourne International Film Festival)
  • Chile 18 August 2009 (Sanfic)
  • Finland 29 August 2009 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • India 1 September 2009
  • Greece 1 May 2010 (Festival of Solidarity for Palestinian People)
  • USA 13 August 2010 (New York City, New York)



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. vcuty from Egypt
    31 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

    i have watched this film, during Cairo's film festival for year 2008 itwas very hard to get in and see it because there was a huge crowdtrying to watch it anyway i struggled and i got in and it was reallyworth it the story,so natural,the acting ..the scenery..the whole thingbrought 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 thefilm was shot in real location by real people,even soldiers ..etc andthey struggled and went through hardship in-order to bring this filminto light with their own budget i encourage all of you to go and watchit or rent is worth it and portrays a vivid image of thesituation in the occupied lands.. well done

  2. from Washington DC
    31 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

    Jacir paints with precise strokes, each hue reflecting the truth in away that entertains and enlightens. She creates a virtual travelogue ofdispossession in the form of an outrage wrapped in a tragedy;paradoxically revealed in a beautiful film. It takes us beyond the fairand balanced view of history that each side has a point and reminds usthat we are all on the same side and that is the only point thatmatters. The film forces us to see what is plain and in doing so makesclear the choices we make and the consequences of those choices. We arethe central characters in this human drama.

    The film unfolds easily in a style that is both free and rebellious,through the reflection of a bruised and suffocated Palestine. Thecourage of the heroine, her unwavering strength, faith and rejection ofinjustice mark a path where everything is but difficult and her refusalto bury her dreams contrast starkly with the reality imposed on thecharacters. Salt of the Sea is a deeply layered film, a film that isquasi-militant and seeped in passion, but devoid of hatred of any kind.Salt of the Sea has proved to be a great discovery, a film that is bothcourageous and necessary. And as a bonus, a sublime find: Suheir Hammad- both beautiful and vibrant as she moves through a variety ofemotions.

    Salt of This Sea compels us to make a choice between the cold comfortof indifference or the knowledge that we can make a difference. Theturnstiles were installed by us in the land and in our hearts. Salt ofThis Sea reminds us that we have the power to tear those turnstilesdown.

  3. rico_balu from United States
    31 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

    A friend of ours who is of Palestinian descent invited us to see thismovie at Berkeley's California theater and didn't know what to expect.The movie was presented by the Arab Film Festival to a sold out crowd.This movie took us on an eye opening journey of how horriblyPalestinians refugees are treated by the settlers. During painfulmoments in the movie, the audience around me would sigh and groan atwhat was happening. I thought "It's just a movie" and then realized itis not just a movie. It is what is truly happening now, today! Though Iam not Palestinian, I would remember stories my Mother told me abouthow the Japanese would treat Filipinos during the war. The minimizationof an entire culture of people by invaders who believed they had rightto her country. I truly recommend every American who has not read orheard of the history of Palistine see this movie. I hope to see moremovies about Palistine in hopes we can learn more and understand whatis the truth.

  4. omar17166 from Sweden
    31 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

    This is a film well worth seeing by people who want to know more aboutthe reality of the Palestinian tragedy. Artistically made, with nohysterics about showing daily material sufferings, but instead, theordinary life of Palestinians which has to somehow go on, withlaughter, anger, happiness, pain, love, etc. It also reflected thepsychological pain felt by the Palestinians wherever they may be (inUSA in this case), showing how a Palestinian-American young ladyseeking her roots in a country she had never seen before can in facthave the feeling of "longing" and belonging, not in any way differentfrom the feeling of an adopted child upon meeting her/his real parents.The film is of course about Palestine and Palestinians and not aboutIsrael and Israelis, however, it does not "demonize" anyone! See it foryourself and be the judge!

  5. ahmedabdalla1986 from Munich
    31 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

    very week script , politically oriented in a cheap direct way .unjustified overwhelmed Nostalgia ( can anyone feels crazy homesick toa place he never lived in and just heard about it from the news and thegrandparent's stories ?? ) , actually the writer didn't know how couldhe tell the story so he simply stuffed his script with many symbols andboring repeated nostalgic ale motives to the extend that that rhythmwas terribly agonizing in the last 3rd of the film . the acting wasreally good specially Suheir Hammad who was acting in a very authenticstyle . the starting sequence was strong and succeeded to arouseTension which was unfortunately totally lost .

  6. Christophe DeKroo from Australia
    31 Mar 2012, 12:12 am

    Cinema, in my eyes, is an art. The best pieces of art in almost anymedium are subjective pieces of work they allow you to understand whatthe artist's feelings, emotion, messages etc. are. However wheninducing politics into art one should be very objective. It isimpossible to set out a rational film on a political issue if the movieis made in a subjective manner. 'Salt of this Sea' is one such moviewhere a strive has been made to critique a very delicate situation inIsreal/Palestine, however it is done in such a narrow scope, and attimes, disgustingly sentimental way. The mere fact that in the movie,the main character feels such a strong connection with a place she hasnever been before, is almost laughable, as is the demonising of almostall Isreali characters throughout the film. There can be no doubt thatsome of the plot and events in the film have merit, but there is anoverwhelming bias toward one side of a very complex and challengingissue, that it does no justice to history of the story it is trying totell.

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