Hala

Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic
Sundance Film Festival
'Hala' is keenly observed and quietly powerful, and we’ll be hearing much more from the talented women on either side of its lens.

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Hala

Meet 17-year-old Hala (Blockers’ Geraldine Viswanathan), a high school senior who struggles to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing. As she comes into her own, Hala finds herself grappling with a secret that threatens to unravel her family. Executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, this female coming-of-age drama was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

R
Genre
Drama, Women and Film
Runtime
94
Language
English, Urdu
Director
Minhal Baig
Cast
Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Azad Khan, Purbi Joshi, Anna Chlumsky
Awards:
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
David Ehrlich, indieWire

Minhal Baig’s semi-autobiographical “Hala” — a small but sensitively told coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who’s struggling to reconcile the two sides of her hyphenated Pakistani-American identity — manages to establish its primary conflict in its opening two shots. The first is an image of ...

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