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91 minutes | 2023 | USA | Narrative | 🔊 English, Dari, Cantonese | English Sub. | Age Rating


Beautiful and troubled 20-something Donya, an Afghan translator who used to work with the U.S. government, has trouble sleeping. She lives by herself in Fremont in a building with other Afghan immigrants and often dines alone at a local restaurant watching soap operas. Her routine changes when she’s promoted to writing the fortunes at her job at a fortune cookie factory in the city. As her fortunes are read by strangers throughout the Bay, Donya’s smoldering longing drives her to send a message out to the world, unsure where it will lead.


SAT, 2 DEC 2023 | XXI STUDIO 2 | 16:35

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali

Babak Jalali was born in Northern Iran and raised primarily in London. His short film, HEYDAR, AN AFGHAN IN TEHRAN, received a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film in 2006. He developed his debut feature film, FRONTIER BLUES, at the Cannes Film Festival Cinefondation Residence. The film premiered in Official Competition at the 2009 Locarno International Film Festival and went on to receive the Fipresci Award at the San Francisco Film Festival. His second feature, RADIO DREAMS, won the Hivos Tiger Award at the 2016 Rotterdam Film Festival, received the Special Jury Award at the Seattle International Film Festival and won Best Director at the Andrei Tarkovsky Film Festival in Russia. His third feature, LAND, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2018. FREMONT is his fourth feature film.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain


Producer  Marjaneh Moghimi, Sudnya Shroff, Rachael Fung, George Rush, Chris, Martin & Laura Wagner

Main Cast Anaita Wali Zada, Gregg Turkingtonm, Jeremy Allen White

Screenplay Carolina Cavalli & Babak Jalali

Cinematographer Laura Valladao

Editor Babak Jalali

Notable Achievement


Land (2018)

Radio Dreams (2016)

Frontier Blues (2009)

Heydar: An Afghan in Tehran (2005)