Babak Jalali, USA, 2023o


Each morning Donya leaves her tight-knit community of Afghan immigrants in Fremont, California. She crosses the Bay to work at a family-run fortune cookie factory in San Francisco. Donya drifts through her routine, struggling to connect with the culture and people of her new, unfamiliar surroundings while processing complicated feelings about her past as a translator for the U.S. government in Afghanistan. Unable to sleep, she finagles her way into a regular slot with a therapist who grasps for prospective role models. When an unexpected promotion at work thrusts Donya into the position to write her own story, she communicates her loneliness and longing through a concise medium: the fortunes inside each cookie. Donya’s koans travel, making a humble social impact and expanding her world far beyond Fremont and her turbulent past, including an encounter with a quiet auto mechanic who could stand to see his own world expanded.


Movie Datao

Comedy, Drama
Running time
92 Min.
Original languages
Chinese, English, Faroese
ØYour rating7.0/10
IMDB user:
7.0 (1008)
< 10 votes
< 3 votes

Cast & Crewo

Anaita Wali ZadaDonya
Jeremy Allen WhiteDaniel
Gregg TurkingtonDr. Anthony
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