United States, 2023 / 92 Mins
Director: Babak Jalali. Starring
Starring: Anaita Wali Zada, Jeremy Allen White, Gregg Turkington
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.