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The Great Sadness of Zohara
The Great Sadness of Zohara
146 Ratings


Alienated from her orthodox community in Jerusalem, a young woman opens to the world of the spirit. Surrounded by strange sounds of the other side, she is drawn into remote and increasingly desolate regions of Arab lands.

Our take

Drifting through transient terrains on foot and by train and boat, Nina Menkes’s hypnotic odyssey evokes unspoken feelings of exile and alienation through trance-like imagery. As the vagabond heroine, the enigmatic aura of her real-life sister Tinka Menkes strikes a powerful, autobiographical cord.