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Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) struggles to balance desire with her familial, cultural and religious obligations. As she comes into her own, she grapples with a secret that threatens to unravel her family. Written and directed by Minhal Baig and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, ”Hala” was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.


  • Geraldine Viswanathan
  • Jack Kilmer
  • Gabriel Luna
  • Purbi Joshi
  • Azad Khan
  • Taylor Marie Blim
  • Anna Chlumsky
  • Charin Alvarez
  • Sam Straley
  • Sonny Bhatt

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Nov 22, 2019

Viswanathan’s resounding, yet quiet performance allows the audience to see Hala for who she is — a smart, funny, intelligent, angsty, confused, and completely normal teenage girl.

Metacritic review by Yolanda Machado
Yolanda Machado
Feb 1, 2019

Hala is a breath of fresh air that reminds us that as long as we live authentically, with compassion and understanding, the world around us is far easier to deal with.

Metacritic review by Norman Gidney
Norman Gidney
Film Threat