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.

West Beirut

West Beirut
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: Ziad Doueiri | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 105 minutes | Country: Lebanon | Year: 1998 | Rating: PG-13

This French-Lebanese-Belgian co-production is an autobiographical drama. In 1975 after Tarek and Omar witness the start of civil war, they are picked up by Tarek’s mother Hala. Hala wants to flee, but her husband won’t allow it. Tarek and Omar wander about, but the realities of war soon intrude.

Arranged

Arranged
Genre:
Comedy, Drama, Romance | Director: Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer | Language: English | Length: 90 minutes | Country: United States | Year: 2007 | Rating: NR

ARRANGED centers on the friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common – not least of which is that they are both going through the process of arranged marriages.

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NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.1, 12.C.1.3 (Sociology), 12.C.2.4 (World Humanities)