Dalya's Other Country

52+ min. In English & Arabic w/English subtitles. Julia Meltzer, dist. by Good Docs, www.gooddocs.net. 2017. DVD $129; acad. libs. $349; streaming + DVD $549. Public performance; closed-captioned. SOC SCI
Being a teenage girl in California can be challenging. If you are Dalya, you also have to deal with being the new girl from Syria, the only one wearing a hijab, and the only Muslim in an all-girls Catholic high school. Dalya and her mother are refugees. They ran from the bombing and terror of war, settling near her brother in America. The film follows their assimilation and eventual embrace of their new country, focusing on Dalya and her bright, newfound self-assurance and feminism. While both women maintain their Muslim faith and customs, viewers can delight in watching them reshape their futures to fit their new lives in Los Angeles.
VERDICT An uplifting film that demonstrates the importance of refugee immigration and diversity in a warm and subtle way.

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