Mornings in Jenin (الصباح في جنين)
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Philadelphia 2001. Amal lives an unremarkable life with her daughter, Sara, but mother and daughter are becoming estranged through Amal’s attempts to bury the past. Then Amal receives a phone call, a call that she has been both dreading and anticipating for the last 30 years. The next day a man arrives at the house, a 50-year-old Israeli named David. This encounter forms the framework to go back to the Nakba of 1948, where the lives of Amal and Yousef are torn apart when their brother Ismail is snatched by an Israeli soldier (and is brought up as David). Over the course of the following 50 years in Palestine, Lebanon, and the USA we see how the paths of the three siblings intertwine and collide in painful and dramatic ways—the painful exodus from their home near Haifa; the growing closeness of Amal and Yousef as they suffer the loss of both parents; in Shatila camp in Lebanon when Amal loses her husband; at an Israeli checkpoint when David the IDF soldier encounters his brother Yousef; and ultimately on Amal’s return to Palestine, and the refugee camp in Jenin, some 30 years after her departure. Amal finds a final moment of redemption and acknowledgement, as well as a rekindling of the love and understanding between her and her daughter.