Farha is a 14 year old girl who lives in a small village in Palestine, 1948. Girls her age are traditionally married off or spoken for yet Farha wants to continue her education despite traditions and the restrictions on schooling in her village for boys only. Inseparable from her best friend Farida, who lives in the city but who spends weekends in the village, Farha dreams of joining her at a school in the city. Life in the village is threatened and aggressively changed by the looming danger. Just when Farha’s father is finally convinced and Farha’s dream is at last coming true, the danger comes closer to their village.

As violence escalates, Farha is brutally separated from Farida. Terrorized for his daughter’s safety and fearing for her life, Farha’s father locks her up in a concealed, small food storage space by the house, promising to return. But he never does. Over the course of the next few days, Farha undergoes a life-changing experience while buried in the tight dark space, her only connection to the outside world is a small hole in the wall and a few cracks in the wooden door. Farha witnesses a lot of events, outside and inside the room, setting off her journey of transformation and forcing her to grow up and leave her childhood behind

Original Title Farha
Directed by Darin J. Sallam
Starring Karam Taher , Ashraf Barhom, Ali Suliman
Genre Drama, Coming of Age, Action
Running time 92 min
Language English, Arabic
Nationality Jordan , Sweden , Saudi Arabia
Scriptwriter Darin J. Sallam
Cinematographer Rachel Aoun
Produced by TaleBox Co-produced by Laika Film & Television In co-production with Chimney
Local Release 2022
Film Status Completed


World Premiere: Toronto IFF - Discovery Section - TIFF Next Wave

Rome FF - Official Selection

Asian Premiere: Busan FF - A Window on Asian Cinema

Red Sea FF - MENA Premiere

Göteburg IFF - Scandinavian Premiere - International Competition

Aswan International Women’s Film Festival -  Egyptian Premiere - International competition section


Red Sea FF - Special mention by the Jury Award

Aswan International Women’s Film Festival: Best Euro-Mediterranean Film dealing with Women Issues-EU Award, Best Director - Darin J. Sallam, Best Actress - Karam Taher

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