Past Event


Tuesday June 18, 2024
19:00 - 21:00 (GMT Standard Time)
Sunbeam Theatre
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Doors open at 6:00pm

Screening begins at 7:00pm, followed by a Q&A with Babak Jalali

£35 Seated Ticket | Patrons Free Admission, limited availability 

Drinks and light nibbles available


We are delighted to welcome award-winning Iranian writer/ director Babak Jalali to our stage for a special screening of his movie Fremont. 

The film follows the Afghan migrant Donya as she tries to rebuild her life in San Francisco having fled the Taliban. Finding work in a Chinese fortune-cookie factory, a sudden revelation followed by a gently subversive act triggers a chain of unexpected events as Donya quite literally takes fortune into her own hands. 

Stunningly filmed in black and white, Fremont delivers a tale full of quiet strength, humour and intimacy as Donya yearns for stable ground, love, and fulfilment. Exquisite and often comedically deadpan performances by Anaita Wali Zadeh and Jeremy Allen White make this Geist’s favourite movie of late.

With a back-story almost as remarkable as the film itself, we’ll also be hearing about the production of Fremont in a brief Q&A with the director. 


Babak Jalali is a film writer, director and producer. Born in Iran in 1978, he moved to London in 1986 where he gained a degree in East European Studies and an MA in Politics before attending the London Film School. His work includes Bafta nominated “Heydar: An Afghan in Tehran”, “Frontier Blues”, “Radio Dreams”, “Land”, and his critically acclaimed 2023 release “Fremont”, which premiered at Sundance and recently won the John Cassavetes award at the 2024 Independent Spirit Awards.

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