Valley of Exile



Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose Sat, Aug 19, 2023 7:00 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):106
Premiere Status:WORLD PREMIERE
Original Language:Arabic
Subtitles (Language):English
Global Landscapes:Global Landscapes
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Maria Hassan (as Rima)
Hala Hosni (as Nour)
Michel Hourany (as Khaled)
Najwa Kondakji (as Haifa)
Joy Hallak (as Shirin)
Sajed Amer (as Hassan)
Director:Anna Fahr
Executive Producer:Paul Scherzer
Aeschylus Poulos
Producer(s):Anna Fahr
Lara Abou Saifan (Producers)
Habib Battah (Co-Producer)
Screenwriter:Anna Fahr
Cinematography:Mark Khalife
Music By:Alan Spiljak
Editor:Anna Fahr
Wajdi Elian


Set in the early years of the Syrian War, the beautiful and haunting “Valley of Exile” chronicles the journey of Rima and Nour, two sisters who find unexpected refuge in a makeshift settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley after fleeing war-torn Damascus. Eight months pregnant, older sister Rima is set on reuniting with her husband and rebuilding their lives in Lebanon, while younger sister Nour is determined to find their missing brother and eventually return home to Syria.


In the camp, the sisters forge alliances with other women who are similarly forced to live without support of family they’ve lost to war. This propels them onto separate paths: Rima finds work as a housekeeper, hoping to earn money to rent an apartment before her baby is born, while Nour sets out to investigate their brother’s whereabouts, risking her own safety in the process.


As days in the camp turn to weeks, Rima and Nour begin to realize their journey together into exile is not only a struggle for survival, but ultimately a test of loyalty to their country, their family, and each other.

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