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GenreComedy, Drama
Director(s)Babak Jalali
Writer(s)Carolina Cavalli, Babak Jalali
Running Time1HR 31MINS
SeasonMain Programme
Closed Captioning Subtitles for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing on Thu 21 Sep at 6.50pm

Shot in black and white, and with warmth and a wry sense of humour, director Babak Jalali has crafted a loving portrait of an insomniac Afghan woman unable to dream the American dream.

Twenty-something Donya (Anaita Wali Zada) spends her days working at a fortune cookie factory and her nights wide awake battling insomnia. An Afghan refugee who emigrated to the US after serving as a translator for the American army, Donya lives in limbo between the desire to rebuild her life and the overbearing guilt she carries within.

With Fremont, director Babak Jalali drinks from the fountain of Jim Jarmusch, weaving deadpan humour and poignancy into a sensitive immigrant tale anchored by the moving breakout performance of real-life refugee Wali Zada. She is joined here by the perpetually off-kilter Gregg Turkington as a Jack London-loving psychiatrist and Jeremy Allen White, star of The Bear, as a heartthrob mechanic.

"stylish, sweet ... a poignant reflection on the modern immigrant experience" Little White Lies

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