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 - Oct 21
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

Cleveland International Film Festival - US Premiere

South/Lyon Cinemas Festival - French Premiere

Septimus Awards - Nominated for Best Asian Film

Seoul International Children's Film Festival - Official Competition

Skip City International D-Cinema Film Festival - International Competition - Japan Premiere

Busan International Kids & Youth Film Festival

Safar Film Festival - UK Premiere

Amman International Film Festival - Jordan Premiere

Atlantida Mallorca Film Fest - Spanish Premiere


FARHA selected to represent Jordan at the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best International Feature Film

Best Youth Feature Film Award at the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) - "Asian Oscars" 2022 (historic first win for Jordan at APSA)

Red Sea Int. FF 2021 - Special mention Award by the Red Sea Competition Jury

Aswan International Women's Film Festival 2022: Best Euro-Mediterranean Film dealing with Women Issues-EU Award; Best Director - Darin J Sallam; Best Actress - Karam Taher

Malmo Arab Film Festival 2022: Jury Award

Boston Palestine Film Festival 2022 - Audience Awards

Grand Prize - 3rd Casablanca Arab Film Festival 2022

Best Director - Darin J Sallam - 3rd Casablanca Arab Film Festival

Best Actress - Karam Taher - 3rd Casablanca Arab Film Festival

Best Feature Narrative Film - 9th Tripoli Film Festival 2022




(Arab News) FARHA within the best movies of 2021 from the Arab world

(Arab News) 'I'm not afraid to tell the truth:' Jordanian filmmaker Darin Sallam discusses 'Farha'

(The National) Claustrophobic film 'Farha' retells the horrors of 1948's Nakba in Palestine

(D1softballnews.com) Farha's review, by Darin J. Sallam

(Arab News) Review: Red Sea International Film Festival title 'Farha' is a devastating look at war

(ScreenDaily) 'Farha': Red Sea Review

(The New Arab) Farha: Growing old through the brutality, injustice and sorrow of the Nakba

(Festival Scope) Highlight: Darin J. Sallam and her feature film FARHA

(movietrainer) Farha: a first work that is a tribute to the value of life

(Middle East in 24.com) A remarkable and effective Arab women's presence at the Toronto International Film Festival

(the Globe and Mail) TIFF 2021: “Farha” Review

(CityNews) TIFF 2021: "Farha": The horrors of war

(Reels Film) TIFF 2021: “Farha” Review

(Backseat Mafia) TIFF 2021: “Farha” Review

(Ian Thomas Malone) TIFF 2021: “Farha”

(Let The Movie Move Us) TIFF 2021: “Farha”

(BUZZFEED.NEWS) "Farha" - 12 Great Movies Coming Out Soon

(The Moveable Fest) “Farha” Sheds Light on the Burden of Bearing Witness

(Woman and Hollywood) TIFF 2021 Women Directors: Meet Darin J. Sallam - “Farha”

(The Film Stage) TIFF Review: Farha

(Variety) Picture Tree International Boards Toronto-Bound 'Farha,' Debuts Trailer (EXCLUSIVE)

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