Donya, a former Afghan translator for the U.S. government, lives alone in Fremont, California. When she’s promoted to writing the fortunes at her job at a fortune cookie factory in the city, Donya’s loneliness and longing drive her to send a message out in a cookie, unsure where it may lead. Tenderly sculpted and lyrically shot in black-and-white, Babak Jalali’s FREMONT is a wry, deadpan vision of the universal longing for home.

Babak Jalali
Anaita Wali Zada
Jeremy Allen White
Gregg Turkington

“The potency of “Fremont” sneaks up on you. You go in reluctant and even skeptical, and come out wondering how and why you’re moved to tears.”

Tomris Laffly, Variety

“sometimes it only takes one person who speaks your language for a foreign place to feel like a new kind of home”
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

“It finds romance in everyday interactions, and in the easy pleasure of opening up a cookie and reading one’s fortune.”
Michael Frank, The Film Stage