Halal Love (And Sex)
Saturday, 9/30 at St Anthony Main Theatre
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Post-screening Q&A with visiting filmmaker Nasser Samara.
short / comedy
9 mins / 2017
English and Spanish with English subtitles
While opening gifts at a birthday party, six friends argue over the dynamics of race and privilege. The Candle is a satirical look at racial politics in the United States.
Nasser Samara graduated from UCLA with a degree in anthropology and women’s studies. As a queer Palestinian Mexican American, his multicultural upbringing informs his passion for stories that reflect the complexities of identity.
HALAL LOVE (AND SEX)
narrative / romantic comedy
94 mins / 2015
Lebanon / Germany
Arabic with English subtitles
CONTENT WARNING: SEXUALLY EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AND IMAGES
Three individual romances become unexpectedly intertwined in this clever Lebanese comedy about love, sex, and tradition. Beginning with a brilliant scene in the classroom, where young girls ask how babies are made, the film depicts and complicates the physical and emotional challenges that arise from even the most traditional relationships. While trying to balance religious beliefs and real desires, the protagonists move through a series of zany, heartbreaking, and heartwarming tales of modern-day romance.
Festivals and Awards:
Dubai International Film Festival, UAE, 2015
Sundance Film Festival, USA, 2016
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2016
Assad Fouladkar was born in Lebanon and studied filmmaking at Boston University. His thesis film Kyrie-Eleison (God Have Mercy) won 13 international awards and was a finalist at the Academy Award competition for Best Student Film. His first feature film When Maryam Spoke Out won multiple awards in the the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.