The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

About the film

Release Date: May 23, 2019
Rating: MA15
Runtime: 132 mins
Director: Muayad Alayan
Actors: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Ishai Golan, Sivane Kretchner, Adeeb Safadi
The extra-marital affair between a Palestinian man and an Israeli woman has political consequences in this psychosocial drama.

Sarah (Sivane Kretchner) is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem (Adeeb Safadi) is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman . Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on a illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.

Director Muayad Alayan, deftly conveys the tensions, both physical and mental, between West and East Jerusalem, showing how societal forces prevent any form of normalized relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Arabic, Hebrew and English with English subtitles

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