'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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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.
Drama, Women and Film
Geraldine Viswanathan, Jack Kilmer, Gabriel Luna, Azad Khan, Anna Chlumsky
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
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 ...
Monica Film Center 11.22.19 - 11.28.19