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    'May in the Summer' Writer-Director Cherien Dabis on Hiring Herself to Star in Her Film

    "Authenticity was very important to me, and I was having a really difficult time finding someone who really embodied the spirit of the character, and also brought that cultural, linguistic authenticity."

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    August 2014 Film Preview

    New films with Robin Wright, Patricia Clarkson, Paula Garces, Christina Ricci, and more.

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    Trailer Watch: Director Cherien Dabis Makes Her Screen Debut in May in the Summer

    The "Amreeka" director plays a NYC writer trying to convince her Christian mother to come to her interfaith wedding.

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    LFF Women Directors: Meet Cherien Dabis

    Cherien Dabis is an award-winning Palestinian American filmmaker who received her M.F.A. in film from Columbia University.

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    Venice Days Program of the Biennale Announces Lineup, Includes Films from the Safdie Brothers, Ava DuVernay and More

    The tenth edition of the Venice Days program at the Venice International Film Festival unfolds from August 28 through September 7. Its lineup, consisting of 12 feature films, two shorts, three special events and two special screenings, focuses heavily but not exclusively on debuts. Included in this ...

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    Anticipating Sundance: Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

    Anticipating Sundance: Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

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    Sundance Review: Jordan-Set 'May in the Summer' Smartens Up Chick Flick Conventions

    Cherien Dabis' 2009 directorial debut "Amreeka" followed a family of Palestinian immigrants trying to make do with life in suburban America. Her follow-up, the substantially more polished and enjoyable "May in the Summer," tackles the inverse premise: A high-minded New Yorker dealing with a vastly d...

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    Using Sundance to Shift the Narrative on Women Directors

    The happy glow has still not worn off the news that women directors have achieved gender parity in the US dramatic and documentary competitions. (But we must also remember that women are still not there in any of the other categories.) Women directors became the story. Here are some of the headli...

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