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FIRST LESSON


Directed by | Areen Omari

Genre fiction  |  Length: 15mins  |  Year of production: 2010


Actress Areen Omari’s directorial debut reflects her own experience on first leaving Palestine. Having moved to Paris in order to find a new life without the daily stresses and tension of her hometown, she endeavours to make the new city a home. With First Lesson, in which Omari also stars as Salma, she offers a satirical depiction of that process, and of confronting perceptions of Palestine in the new city. The film’s title refers to her first French language lesson, the film’s centerpiece, in which she is faced with some surprising expressions of national identity from fellow students, and is required to establish her own relationship to her home country… and maybe even its existence.