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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.