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Directed by | Najwa Najjar

Genre fiction  |  Length: 95mins  |  Year of production: 2009

Pomegranates and Myrrh is the debut feature length work by Najwa Najjar (Yasmine’s Song). Bold in subject matter and lyrical in style, the film challenges a series of taboos while foregrounding the experiences of women in the daily Palestinian struggle. Dancer Kamar’s joyful wedding to Zaid is followed almost immediately by Zaid’s imprisonment in an Israeli jail for refusing to relinquish his land. Freespirited Kamar wants to support her husband but struggles with the idea of giving up dance and her own dreams. Matters are complicated when a new dance instructor, Kais, returns after many years in Lebanon and takes a special interest in Kamar. As she struggles to deal with the weight of Kais’s attention, the tension of balancing her own desires with her duties as the wife of a prisoner are brought to the surface. Meanwhile Zaid’s family continues to fight against confiscation of their lands. Kamar's life is thrown into turmoil as she becomes increasingly attached to Kais, caught between her desire to dance and her anxiety over breaking taboos over the role of a prisoner's wife's.