a film by Iman Zawahry
USA, 91 mins.
The setting of this delightful romantic comedy is Jackson Heights, Queens, in New York City. Two American-Muslim sisters and their fresh off the boat cousin try all the conventional ways to find romantic love and to earn the love and respect of the matriarch of their family. The director says: “Many of the narratives we see today that are put forward are ones of the foreign Muslim voice. Muslim = Foreign. That’s the stereotype that is continually reinforced. I want to move away from the ‘typical Muslim stigma’ about a hijabi woman who is stuck in traditions from which she can never escape. … In reality, American Muslim women are real people, with a specific American experiences that deserve to be heard.”