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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (15*)

Shubbak Festival

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When Sarah and Saleem – a Jewish Israeli woman and a Palestinian man – are seen together in public, their lustful, illicit affair quickly escalates into a story of political espionage.

Sarah runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem, from East Jerusalem, works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, they risk everything as they embark on a heady affair, snatching moments in the night to meet. But Sarah is the wife of a high-ranking Israeli military official and when a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, their frantic efforts mean nothing in the face of the escalating political impasse they have created.

Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit, which not even the truth looks able to stop. Muayan Alayan’s second feature has received high critical praise, and was Winner of the Special Jury Award and Audience Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2018.

Palestine/Germany/Netherlands 2018 Dir Muayad Alayan 127 min

* = locally classified by the City of London Corporation

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