FEATURE FILMS COMPETITION
Fourteen-year-old Farha dreams of attending school in the city, but she knows that, as the daughter of the mukhtar, she is in for an uphill battle against tradition. Girls Farha’s age are expected to marry. It’s 1948, and British control over Palestine is coming to an end. When Israeli bombs reach their village, Farha’s father locks her in the cellar of their home, promising to return as soon as he can.
Jordanian writer, director and producer Darin J. Sallam studied film at the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts, which is affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). She has made five short films, all of which have won multiple awards. Farha, her first feature, had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.