37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | October 30-November 3

37th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL | October 30-November 3



Due to unforeseen circumstances, Anaita Wali Zadi, is no longer able to join us for this screening.

Beautiful and troubled Donya (Anaita Wali Zada), an Afghan translator who used to work with the U.S. government, has trouble sleeping. She lives by herself in Fremont, California, in a building with other Afghan immigrants and often dines alone at a local restaurant watching soap operas. Her routine changes when she’s promoted to writing the fortunes at her job at a fortune cookie factory in the city.

Zada shines in her debut, with support from Gregg Turkington as a Jack London-obsessed psychiatrist and Jeremy Allen White (The Bear) as a sweet-natured mechanic.

“Strikes a beautiful tone with a deadpan sense of humor, aided by Anaita Wali Zada’s quietly poignant performance”
– Tomris Laffly, Variety

“A drama with a spare, wry tone that belies its earnest and ample substance.”
– Richard Brody, New Yorker


This screening is part of our 2023 VAFF at Violet Crown series
Supported by Ting Internet

Come early to the screening and drop by the Ting table for giveaways, raffles and a free popcorn voucher!


Tuesday, August 22


7:00 PM


Violet Crown 5

Film Info

Director: Babak Jalali

Runtime: 91min

Genre: Drama

Year: 2023

Country: USA

Language: English, Dari, Cantonese

Featuring: Anaita Wali Zada, Jeremy Allen White, Gregg Turkington