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World Cinema

The Reports On Sarah And Saleem

Year 2018
Runtime 127 mins
Language Arabic/Hebrew/English
Subtitles English
Canadian Premiere

Sarah, a married Israeli from West Jerusalem, risks everything when she has an affair with Saleem, a married Palestinian from East Jerusalem. During a night out in Bethlehem, Saleem gets into an altercation at a club that threatens to expose their affair. The lie that Saleem uses to cover up for the affair snowballs into a national conspiracy and gets both the Palestinian and Israeli security services involved. To make matters worse, Sarah’s husband is a high-ranking officer in the Israeli army and he is drawn into the affair.

Inspired by true events, Muayad Alayan’s multi-award winning THE REPORTS ON SARAH AND SALEEM is a powerful film that shows that in a highly charged political environment, a lie has the ability to ignite a war.

Written by Sachin Gandhi

Rotterdam - Audience Award and Tiger Award - Special Mention

Seattle International Film Festival - Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Film

Durban International Film Festival - Winner, Best Film and Best Actress (Maisa Abd Elhadi)

Titanic International Film Festival - Winner, Festival Prize and Special Mention of Jury

Community Partner: The Calgary Arab Arts & Culture Society

Muayad Alayan
Executive Producer
Hanna Atallah
Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan
Rami Alayan
Sebastan Bock
Sameer Qumsiyeh
Charlie Rishmawi, Tarek Abu Salameh, Frank Gelat
Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Kamel El Basha