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.

The Syrian Bride

The Syrian Bride
Genre: Drama, Comedy | Director: Eran Riklis | Language: English | Length: 97 minutes | Country: Israel, Syria | Year: 2004 | Rating: G

A family deals with the typical anxieties of a wedding day while also confronting the political turmoil of the Middle East in this drama, a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers. Hammed is a leading political figure in Majdal Shams, a Druze community that has been under Israeli occupation since the late ’60s. Years ago, Hammed arranged for his daughter Mona to marry Tallel, who has since become a successful actor in Syria. Hammed has gathered the family together to see Mona off, but the occasion is a bittersweet one — given the combative relationship between Israel and Syria, once Mona crosses the border with her husband, it’s unlikely she will ever be able to return. When the family gathers for Mona’s wedding, an insane bureaucracy jeopardizes the wedding.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.H.2.1, WH.H.8.2

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.

Available for free streaming online here.

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