Dalya's Other Country | 2017 | Texas Premiere

Directed by Julia Meltzer
79 min

Sat Jun 2 | 12:15 PM

In 2012 Dalya and her mother Rudayna fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake themselves while holding on to their Islamic traditions?

Language English, Arabic

Country or Origin USA

Genre Documentary Feature


Julia Meltzer is an award-winning filmmaker and the founder and director of Clockshop, an arts organization. She previously directed The Light in Her Eyes, a feature film about a Qur'an school for girls in Damascus, Syria. The Light in Her Eyes was broadcast on POV in 2012 and toured with the Sundance Film Forward program. Meltzer's work has been shown at the Whitney Biennial, IDFA, the Toronto International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is a recipient of grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and was a senior Fulbright fellow in Damascus, Syria from 2005 to 2006. She returned to Syria every year thereafter until 2010 to work and film and produced two short films and one feature from that footage.


Q&A to Follow - Dalya Zeno, Student

Dalya Zeno was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1998. She moved to Los Angeles with her mother, Rudayna Aksh to escape the war in Syria. After her arrival in the US, she attended Holy Family High School, an all-girls Catholic school for four years. She currently is a freshman at Pasadena City College.





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