New Releases

FREMONT

Directed by Babak Jalali

USA, 2023, 1h 31min, DCP

New Releases

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX, 78752

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$13.50 evening / $11 matinee

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Each morning, Donya (Anaita Wali Zada) leaves her tight-knit community of Afghan immigrants in Fremont, California. She crosses the Bay to work at a family-run fortune cookie factory in San Francisco.

Donya drifts through her routine, struggling to connect with the culture and people of her new, unfamiliar surroundings while processing complicated feelings about her past as a translator for the U.S. government in Afghanistan.

Unable to sleep, she finagles her way into a regular slot with a therapist (Gregg Turkington) who grasps for prospective role models. When an unexpected promotion at work thrusts Donya into the position to write her own story, she communicates her loneliness and longing through a concise medium: the fortunes inside each cookie.

Donya’s koans travel, making a humble social impact and expanding her world far beyond Fremont and her turbulent past.

Tenderly sculpted and lyrically shot in black-and-white, Babak Jalali’s FREMONT is a wry, deadpan vision of the universal longing for home.

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