For more than 20 years, Sundance has been the perfect outlet to substantially raise awareness for any independent film that premieres at the festival. However, it is also a great chance for people to check out a wide array of filmmaking from across the world, as evidenced by Sundance’s World Drama competition. Indiewire has an exclusive clip for one of the movies competing in the section this year.
From the producers of “Wadjda” and “Paradise Now,” the romantic-comedy “Halal Love (And Sex)” reveals the interconnected lives of lovers and divorcees living in Beirut, all trying to find love and happiness all while under the rules of their Muslim faith.
“Halal Love (And Sex)” wishes to give viewers an insightful glimpse into the day-to-day life of the Middle East, straying away from the political turmoil that Westerners usually fixate on. Describing his intentions for the film, director Assad Fouladkar says, “I want to capture the humor of the people and show how they deal with the challenges of faith, desire, and love.”
“Halal Love (And Sex)” will be having its American premiere at Sundance, which will be running from January 21-31. Check out the clip above.