Credit: Anne Etheridge
Dalya's Other Country follows a young girl's coming-of-age, but it also highlights the challenges faced by older immigrants. "I hope [viewers] also take in Rudayna's experience and imagine for a second what it's like to be an older Muslim Syrian women who raised kids and then found herself transplanted into a totally different culture, with an opportunity to become a different person in midlife," said Meltzer.
That transformation takes place when Rudayna decides to take classes at a community college. “It was a big step for me,” says Rudayna. “My life in Syria, it was just cooking, cleaning, having people over. That’s it.” Despite these new opportunities, Rudayna can’t help but feel out of place. “I feel like I’m on a different planet.… So many things to learn.”
In her final year of high school, Dalya plans for college and works on her application essay with her brother, Mustafa. She wonders whether moving to a new country and learning English affected her grades, and she cannot help but ponder what would have happened had she never emigrated: “If I still lived in Syria, I would have become a completely different person.”
Concessions will be available: PG Movie Snack Pac: $3.00 includes small bag of popcorn and 12 oz beverage. Pickles: $1.00
IDEAL FOR GIRLS 12 TO 18. OPEN TO GIRLS 10 TO 18.
Join us for an evening of rich dialogue as girls are awakened to the fact they are more alike than they are different.
"THE STRUGGLE IS REAL"