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In ‘Hala,’ a Muslim Teenage Girl Struggles to Reconcile Young Desire and Family Expectations

In 'Hala,' a Muslim Teenage Girl Struggles to Reconcile Young Desire and Family Expectations

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Logline: A Muslim-American girl faces the tensions between faith, family and sexual exploration.

Elevator Pitch: 
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.

Production Team:
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.

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