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Fremont: A Touching Story of Loss and Resilience

Last updated on April 23rd, 2024 at 04:47 pm

“Fremont” is a captivating film that explores the journey of immigrants. Set in the backdrop of the East Bay, in Fremont, California, this movie goes beyond storytelling to create a stunning masterpiece that speaks volumes even without words.

The decision to use black and white cinematography adds a timeless and melancholic touch to the narrative. Each frame is meticulously crafted, offering viewers a glimpse into the protagonist’s soul, Donya (amazingly played by Anaita Wali Zada), an immigrant navigating unfamiliar territory. Her past as an interpreter in Afghanistan enriches her character hinting at a life once filled with purpose and danger.

While working in a fortune cookie factory in San Francisco-a metaphor for destiny and life’s unpredictability-she grapples with despair. The scenes at the factory provide a contrast – amidst produced messages of hope and luck, our main character battles intense feelings of isolation and longing for what once was and what the future will be.

One notable aspect of “Fremont” is its design. The soft hum of machinery, the rustling of papers filled with fortunes, and the gentle background sounds of a slumbering city all create a backdrop that beautifully complements the storytelling.

However, at its core the film delves into themes of solitude, cultural displacement and our innate yearning for connection. Even though she has escaped the dangers of her homeland, she remains entangled in the chains of memories longing for the family she left behind. The movie is both a drama and a comedy, wonderfully entangling to produce an impactful story.

In a world that often overlooks the struggles faced by immigrants, “Fremont” serves as a reminder of their personal stories filled with bravery, sacrifice, and hope hidden beneath the surface. It’s not a film that shouts, but whispers softly to viewers urging them to lean in listen attentively and contemplate. Director Babak Jalali wonderfully captured the essence of an immigrant without a true home.

To sum it up, “Fremont” is more than a film, it’s a work of art. It captures the essence of our spirit while reminding us that home isn’t merely a physical place-it’s also an emotion, an anchor that grounds us.

(Note: I am from the Bay, and I may be biased, but this film is a magical delight. I also watched it in one of my favorite theatres in Oaktown, The New Parkway Theater. Go and see!)


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