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Salata Baladi (An Egyptian Salad)
A film by Nadia Kamel
Egypt/Switzerland/France, 2008, 105 minutes, Color, DVD, Arabic, Subtitled
Order No. W09957
Award-winning Egyptian filmmaker Nadia Kamel’s heritage is a complex blend of religions and cultures. Her mother is a half-Jewish, half-Italian Christian who converted to Islam when she married Nadia’s half-Turkish, half-Ukrainian father. Prompted by the realization that her 10-year-old nephew Nabeel is growing up in an Egyptian society where talk of culture clashes is all too common, she urges her feminist, pacifist, activist mother, Mary Rosenthal, to share their diverse family history.

But, as she and Mary weave their way through the family’s multiethnic fairytales, they bump unexpectedly into the silence around old prejudices concerning the estranged Egyptian-Jewish branch of their family living in Israel since 1948. Bravely inspired to further challenge the boundaries between cultures, religions, and nationalities that are used to divide people, Kamel embarks on an amazing personal journey with her mother and nephew to Israel and Italy, confronting with an open heart, fears and prejudices along the way.


Mumbai Int’l Film Festival, Golden Conch, Best Long Documentary, & Special Prize, Int’l Critics Jury FIPRESCI
San Francisco Arab Film Festival, Noor Award, Outstanding Documentary

  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Locarno Int’l Film Festival in Switzerland
  • Munich Int’l Doc Film Festival
  • Lisbon Int’l Documentary Film Festival
  • Middle East Int’l Film Festival
  • Ayam Beirut Festival
  • Cairoscape Film Festival, Berlin
  • Ismailia Int’l Film Festival, Egypt

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    “A welcome reminder that beyond politics lie people with much more in common than their leaders are willing to acknowledge…. [A] multilingual, multiethnic documentary.”
    Jay Weissberg

    “Exceptional… [it] hits a sensitive nerve in a region where long wars… still constitute an integral part of the people’s collective memory.”
    Noha El-Hennawy
    Los Angeles Times

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    Salata Baladi (An Egyptian Salad) is included in the following Special Collections.
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