Khsara, written and directed by Suha Araj

Khsara is a comedy feature about women who don’t get married “in time.”

I’m Suha, an Arab-American woman making a film about a not-so-often-told, but often-experienced story: The unmarried woman past her prime. Despite her successes in life, her lack of life’s “most important” accomplishment, a HUSBAND, leaves her with the most undesirable designation: “Khsara.” Khsara, an Arabic word, means “What a shame” “Too bad” “What a pity.”

It’s a universal phenomenon. In other communities khsara might be: “pickled”(Iran), “on the shelf”(Australia), “spinster” (USA), “lost the bus” (Latin America) or “Christmas cake” (Japan).

Synopsis: When naïve Arab American Nisreen is deflowered and dumped by her boyfriend at the tender age of 29 she falls at risk of becoming a Khsara at age 30. Her sassy 35-year-old divorcee cousin Gina inspires Nisreen to start the Khsara Club finding sisterhood and adventure against her mother’s attempts at suitors and society’s judgment of their unwed status, until Nisreen must eventually choose between a modern or traditional life.

Khsara has been developed with the Sundance Rawi screenwriter’s lab, the Interchange program (Torino Film Lab, EAVE, and Dubai Film Festival), IFP, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Emerging Visionaries, Berlin Talent Campus and Market. For more information and to support this project, please visit the links below. Thank you!

kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1955539544/khsara
website: www.khsara.com
twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/khsaraclub
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KhsaraClub

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Whaling City, written and directed by Jay Burke


Synopsis: Whaling City is a dramatic narrative feature film set in New Bedford, Mass. in the rapidly changing world of the modern fishing industry. It tells the story of a third-generation independent commercial fisherman, struggling to keep a grasp on his way of life – and a long-held family boat – as costs rise and the heavily regulated fishing industry is pushed towards a corporate model of efficiency. While developing an unlikely relationship with a marine biologist, he is tempted to do whatever it takes to keep his boat.

The Whaling City screenplay was workshopped at Columbia University’s graduate film program from 1999 to 2002. It won the 2005 Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award and the 2007 Sloan Feature Film Production Grant, and has been recognized in Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

Principal photography was completed in fall 2010. Whaling City is currently in post-production and in the process of submitting to film festivals.

Web Links:
www.whalingcityfilm.com
www.facebook.com/whalingcityfilm
www.twitter.com/whalingcity

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Cabby, Written/Directed/Edited by Xiaocao Liu


Cabby: A lonely cab driver tries to connect with people in the busy city of Beijing.

Year of Production: 2011
Running Time: 18:38 minutes
Produced by Yige SunCo-Producers Leon Gao, Xiaocao Liu
Director of Photography Dongliang Yang
Composer Richard Xu
Sound Design Vera Qiao
Cast Xu Guan, Jun He, Peiyao Liu


Writer/Director Xiaocao Liu

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