A former translator for the US military, Donya (Anaita Wali Zada) now lives among the Afghan diaspora who call the eponymous Bay Area suburb home and makes a living writing fortune cookie epigrams in Babak Jalali’s (Radio Dreams, Festival 2015) wry, character-driven drama. Faced with hostility from neighbors who regard her as a traitor and plagued by insomnia, Donya struggles in her new homeland but she’s game for exploration, even agreeing to a blind date in far-off Bakersfield. Newcomer Zada is pitch-perfect and receives excellent support from Gregg Turkington as a Jack London-obsessed psychiatrist and Jeremy Allen White (Shameless, The Bear) as a sweet-natured mechanic. Shot in luminous black and white, Fremont presents a delightfully droll slice of one woman’s life.
Iranian-British filmmaker Babak Jalali received a BAFTA nomination for Best Short Film for Heydar, an Afghan in Tehran (2006). He made his feature debut with Frontier Blues (Festival 2009), which won the Festival’s FIPRESCI Prize. His subsequent films include Radio Dreams (Festival 2015) and Land (2018). Fremont is the recipient of an SFFILM Rainin Grant.
Language English, Dari, Cantonese
Director Babak Jalali
Executive Producer Lata Krishnan, Neda Nobari, Nickhil Jakatdar, Akash Nigam,
Producer Marjaneh Moghimi, Sudnya Shroff, Rachael Fung, George Rush, Laura Wagner, Chris Martin
Writer Carolina Cavalli, Babak Jalali
Editor Babak Jalali
Cinematographer Laura Valladao
Music Mahmood Schricker
Cast Anaita Wali Zada, Jeremy Allen White, Gregg Turkington
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Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.
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