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Pomegranates and Myrrh

Directed by: Najwa Najjar
95 Minutes, 2008

Dancer Kamar’s joyful wedding to Zaid is followed almost immediately by Zaid’s imprisonment in an Israeli jail for refusing to give up his land. Free-spirited Kamar wants to support her husband and be a dutiful wife but struggles with the idea of giving up dance and her own dreams. Matters are complicated when a new dance instructor, Kais, returns to the studio after many years in Lebanon and takes a special interest in Kamar. She struggles to deal with the weight of Kais’s attention, which brings to the surface her attempts to balance her own desires with her duties as the wife of a prisoner.


Director: Najwa Najjar

Producer: Hani E. Kort

Cast: Hiam Abbass

Cast: Walid Abdul Salam

Cast: Valentina Abu-‘Aksa

Cast: Ahmad Abu Sal’oum

Cast: Yosef Abu Wardeh

Cast: Manal Awad

Cast: Wardeh Dukwar

Cast: Yasmine Elmasri

Cast: Ashraf Farah

Cast: Wardeh Jubran

Cast: Samia Kuzmoz

Cast: Dorin Munawayyer

Cast: Hussein Nakleh

Cast: Lufuf Nuweiser

Cast: Ali Suliman

Cast: Lea Tsmeal

Cinematographer: Valentin Belonogov

Editor: Sotira Kyriacou

Writer: Najwa Najjar

Editor: Bettina Bohler