You’re invited to join us for a theatrical screening of Americanish, followed by an in-person conversation with writer/director Iman Zawahry, writer/actor Aizzah Fatima and producers Roy Wol and Paul Seetachit, moderated by Louay Khraish, Associate Director of International Programs, Film Independent.
Welcome to America: where dreams come true… ish. A break from the traditional romantic comedy, Americanish highlights different layers of womanhood as they intersect with cultural and societal expectations. Americanish invites viewers into the home and lives of three marriage-aged women as they navigate the often turbulent waters of romance, culture, career and family. We follow the joys and tribulations of career-driven sisters Maryam and Sam Khan, and their fish-out-of-water cousin Ameera. Set in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, the film follows a relatable and endearing storyline offering a fresh perspective on classic rom-com tropes. Americanish delves into the complexity of trying to both honor and break from cultural traditions, while balancing personal values and career goals in a society that does not always accommodate both.
Zawahry is a Sundance Momentum fellow whose first feature, Americanish, won the Audience Award at San Francisco’s CAAMFest before going on to win 25 festival awards around the world, including the Grand Jury Prize at Heartland Film Festival and the Spark Award at River Run Film Festival. The film’s cast includes Mo‘s Mo Amer, as well as Salena Qureshi (The Society), Shenaz Treasury (The Big Sick), Lillette Dubey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Kapil Talwalkar (Charmed), Ajay Naidu (The Good Nurse), Godfrey (South Side), George Wendt (Christmas with the Campbells), David Rasche (Succession), Natasha Chandel (SEALTeam), Purva Bedi (One of Us Is Lying) and Anuja Joshi (The Resident).
From Sony Home Entertainment, Americanish will be available digitally, and have a limited theatrical release, on November 14.
2021, 90 minutes, color | Directed by Iman Zawahry | Featuring Aizzah Fatima, Salena Qureshi, Shenaz Treasury, Lillete Dubey, Godfrey, David Rasche, Kapil Talwalkar, Mohammed Amer, Ajay Naidu, George Wendt | Produced by Roy Wol, Paul Seetachitt, Iman Zawahry, Aizzah Fatima, Maddie Shapiro | Executive Produced by Ann Chaudhary, Mohannad Malas, Tarak Ben Ammar
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