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Logline: A Muslim-American girl faces the tensions between faith, family and sexual exploration.
Hala, a sixteen-year old Muslim teenager, has a rich and complex inner world, which serves as an escape from her socially conservative home. When she meets Jesse, a boy from the skate park, she experiences a real and immediate connection. Hala must keep their relationship a secret from her religious parents. In their Islamic faith, dating and premarital sex are expressly forbidden. Her twin identities, however, inevitably collide, and not without consequences.
The full bios for writer/director, producer, cinematographer, editor, production designer and casting director are all listed on our website.
Minhal Baig, writer/director
Sara Nassim, producer
Benji Dell, cinematographer
Salvador Perez Garcia, editor
Sara Higley, production designer
Michael Beaudry, casting director
About the Film:
“Hala” is a universal story, accessible and relatable to a wide audience — those who love coming-of-age stories, in addition to cinephiles and lovers of independent film who can appreciate a story from the perspective of an underrepresented demographic. I want an audience to experience the ennui of youth (one they’ve likely felt themselves), how adherence to faith and sexual exploration can coexist, and how the search for telos and/or purpose is a lifelong one.
Current Status: Fundraising.