Sabah - A Love Story Reviews
Arsinée Khanjian, Shawn Doyle, Jeff Seymour, Setta Keshishian, and Roula Said stars. Worth seeing!
Her authoritarian older brother, Majid (Jeff Seymour), runs the family business and creates a far more conservative/traditional family atmosphere than ever before in his attempt to fulfill his promise to his father of taking care of the family. Despite being married to a non-traditional Muslim woman, Amal (Kathryn Winslow), Majid applies rigidly old-fashioned rules to his sisters, mother, and niece: that a woman's place is her home, that his teenage niece Souhaire (Fadia Nadda) should have an arranged marriage (which brings about an open rebellion) and that he should financially support all the women in his family in order to relieve them of burden of entering the workplace.
By starting to put her needs ahead of her family's needs, Sabah rejects her family's rigid rules thus starting a domino effect causing everyone else adjusting to the reality of their situation.
The low-budget movie, shot in Toronto over 20 days, beautifully captures the challenges muslim families face in trying to uphold their traditional, religious beliefs and family values in an atmosphere that seems to espouse instant gratification, materialism, and other values contrary to family values.
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