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!