arts24 – Filmmaker Babak Jalali on bringing romance and comedy into the refugee film genre

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In this edition of arts24, we focus on one of the year’s most buzzed-about movies on the festival circuit. A different spin on a refugee story, warm and offbeat, “Fremont” tells the story of a young Afghan woman building a new life in California. British-Iranian filmmaker Babak Jalali speaks to Eve Jackson about his amazing first-time actress Anaita Wali Zada, who five months before casting had been on an evacuation plane from Afghanistan, how he cast Jeremy Allen White and Gregg Turkington and why he found himself working mainly with a female team.

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