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Arab American Shorts - Diasporic Narrative

  • Arab American National Museum 13624 Michigan Ave. Dearborn United States (map)

The Arab American Shorts program is your chance to hear from the Arab American community through cinematic shorts. All seven of these short films focus on issues important to the Arab American community, including discussions of identity, connections to home and sexuality. All shorts include Arab American actors and/or directors. [82 min.]

Immediately following the shorts program, we will be joined by director Sohib Boundaoui (Generation One), Producer Alex Lampsos (Brothers), and Director Malak Wazne (Homecoming) for a talkback on navigating issues facing the Arab American community through cinema.

Following the panel, on Saturday, June 8, please join us for our opening reception, which will also take place at AANM. The opening reception is free and open to the public. This is a chance for guests to network and mingle with attending filmmakers, sample delicious, traditional Arabic food and dance under the stars on AANM's terrace.


Dir. Claire Fowler / 2018 / United States, United Kingdom / 13 min. / PG-13

A female Lyft driver navigates the night shift in New York City while waiting to hear life or death news from her family in Syria.  [drama]

Salam is the type of film you go to a festival to see. Writer/director Claire Fowler’s short film is layered in both its storyline and characters. With a stellar performance by Hana Chamoun, this film is worthy of a conversation after the lights come up.

- Picture Lock show, review of Tribeca Film Festival

Generation One

Dir. Sohib Boundaoui / 2018 / United States / 15 min. / PG

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This short documentary explores the perspectives of the American-born children of Arab Muslim immigrants as they navigate their two identities. It sheds light on a range of unique challenges found between the hyphens. [documentary]


Dir. Malak Wazne / 2019 / United States / 5 min. / PG


Mariam Jalloul is the first student accepted to Harvard from Fordson High School; located in Dearborn, Michigan - the city within the highest concentration of Arab and Muslims in the United States. Mariam’s acceptance is historical to the community. This is the story of how Mariam leaves home, navigates her identity and finds her way back; all while tearing down barriers.


Dir. Mojdeh Ghanbri / 2018 / United States / 10 min. / PG-13

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Right before her first pro fight, Syrian refugee Ameera is confronted by her intolerant father. [drama]

Same, Old

Dir. Haya Alghanim / 2018 / United States, Kuwait / 7 min. / PG 13

A short narrative film about a young woman who runs into an ex-best friend at the corner store. [drama]


Dir. Mike Mosallam / 2018 / United States / 9 min. / PG

Brothers is a coming-of-age story following a Muslim Arab boy coming to terms with his sexuality. [drama, music video]

Yallah Habibi

Dir. Nora Hawari / 2018 / United States / 11 min. / PG-13

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A story about an unconventional Middle Eastern family running a restaurant; they’re balancing relationships, chasing dreams, and trying NOT to burn food. [comedy, web series]


Dir. Rebecca Halfon / 12 min. / PG-13


Bodega follows one night in Brooklyn from the dual perspectives of a Syrian deli owner and a high school girl with a fake ID. [drama]

Earlier Event: June 8
Outside-The-Box Short Films
Later Event: June 9