Year: 2023Certificate: 12

Babak Jalali
Anaita Wali Zada, Jeremy Allen White, Gregg Turkington
Running Time:
92 mins
English, Dari, Cantonese
Country of Origin:
United States

Donya, a young Afghan who moved to Fremont, California after serving as a translator for the American army, spends her days working at a fortune cookie factory and her nights wide awake battling between her desire to rebuild her life and the overbearing guilt she carries within. In a bid to connect with the world, she sends an unconventional message through a fortune cookie. Tinged with Jarmuschian deadpan humour, this sensitive immigrant tale premiered in the 2023 Sundance NEXT section before playing at SXSW and Karlovy Vary and will close the 2023 Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Co-written with Carolina Cavalli (Amanda) and starring newcomer and former journalist Anaita Wali Zada alongside Jeremy Allen White (The Bear and A24's upcoming The Iron Claw by Sean Durkin) and comedian Gregg Turkington (Ant-Man). Cameo by Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You) and his daughter.

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