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DALYA'S OTHER COUNTRY
A Syrian teen attempts to balance her new life in L.A. while maintaining her Islamic traditions
Women's Studies • Sociology • Islamic Studies • Religious Studies • Migration Studies
2017. Director & Producer Julia Meltzer. Co-Producer Mustafa Rony Zeno.
13, 58 & 75 Minutes. In English & Arabic with English Subtitles. Includes Captions.
DALYA’S OTHER COUNTRY is a timely documentary that follows the real life challenges of one displaced Syrian teenager and her family. Shot over four years as the Syrian civil war uprooted millions, this highly acclaimed film comes at an important time as America focuses on its immigration and refugee policies.
Dalya, the only Muslim at a private Catholic high school in Los Angeles must straddle her two worlds, while navigating her teenage years and her religious faith. Dalya comes across as an ordinary Southern California teenager. She takes selfies and goes to prom. She plays sports and hangs out at the mall. She is also the only student at her high school who wears a hijab. While Dalya’s mother is tasked with redefining herself after leaving both her country and husband, Dalya's brother takes on the role of ushering the family through their resettlement. Viewers are brought into the intimate world of this family, as Dalya and her family tackle complex experiences, from immigration, assimilation, divorce and feminism, against the backdrop of mounting tensions surrounding America’s Muslim immigration policies.