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Beautiful and troubled 20-something Donya, an Afghan translator who used to work with the U.S. government, has trouble sleeping. She lives by herself in Fremont, California, in a building with other Afghan immigrants and often dines alone at a local restaurant watching soap operas. Her routine changes when she’s promoted to writing the fortunes at her job at a fortune cookie factory in the city. As her fortunes are read by strangers throughout the Bay, Donya’s smoldering longing drives her to send a message out to the world, unsure where it will lead.

Shot in black and white, and with warmth and a wry sense of humor, director Babak Jalali has crafted a loving portrait of a young woman haunted by the past but still filled with desire for companionship and connection. Featuring a cast of unforgettable, unique characters, and anchored by a beguiling debut performance from real-life Afghan refugee Anaita Wali Zada, Fremont is an ode to the curious beauty of trying to build a new life in a strange land.

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  • Year
  • Runtime
    91 minutes
  • Language
    English, Dari, Cantonese
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Babak Jalali
  • Screenwriter
    Carolina Cavalli,Babak Jalali
  • Producer
    Marjaneh Moghimi,Sudnya Shroff,Rachael Fung,George Rush,Chris Martin,Laura Wagner
  • Executive Producer
    Lata Krishnan,Neda Nobari,Nickhil Jakatdar,Akash Nigam
  • Cinematographer
    Laura Valladao
  • Production Design
    Rob Riutta
  • Composer
    Mahmood Schricker