Monsieur Ibrahim

Monsieur Ibrahim
Genre:
Comedy, Drama | Director: François Dupeyron | Language: French, English Subtitles | Length: 95 minutes | Country: France | Year: 2003 | Rating: R

Screen legend Omar Sharif is Monsieur Ibrahim, an elderly Turkish Muslim man who owns a grocery store in a shabby, working-class section of Paris. His life takes on new meaning when he befriends Momo, a lonely teenage boy (Pierre Boulanger). In Ibrahim, Momo finds the father he never had, a patient man infused with kindness and wisdom that he freely shares. And Momo awakens within Ibrahim a taste for grand adventure, which takes them on a journey that will forever change their lives. Written and directed by Francois Dupeyron, based on the novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt.

Driving to Zigzigland

Driving to Zigzigland
Genre:
Comedy | Director: Nicole Ballivian | Language: Arabic, English | Length: 92 minutes | Country: United States, Palestine | Year: 2006 | Rating: NR

A chronicle of a day in the life of a Palestinian cab driver in Los Angeles, DRIVING TO ZIGZIGLAND, portrays the social struggle of the Arab immigrant in post-9/11 America. The utilities are due and Bashar has twenty-four hours to make the money. For the remaining hours left until tomorrow, an unceasing flow of passengers ride in Bashar’s taxi and give the Arab cabbie the run around on issues that deal with suicide bombers, George Bush, Cat Stevens, the war in Iraq, music, and world geography.

Without losing its lightness or optimism, Driving to Zigzigland manages to contemplate discrimination and fear in the post-9/11 era, the desire to leave one’s homeland and the yearning to return to it, and the constant reinterpretations of identity that we all engage in. It is not only Palestinians who dream of Zigzigland, Bashar explains, “The American dream is just a Zigzigland dream.” In life, he says, “there is only struggle and survival.”

Available for free streaming online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.2

Sabah

Sabah
Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: Ruba Nadda | Language: English | Length: 86 minutes | Country: Canada | Year: 2005 | Rating: NR

Arsinee Khanjian plays the title character, an unmarried 40-year-old woman of Syrian birth who lives in Toronto with her traditional and sometimes overbearing, but loving, Muslim family. Sabah is a 40-year-old Muslim woman. One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man: She’s Muslim; he’s not. Keeping him secret from her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.