Directed by Reem Jubran
Zaid, a young Arab-American amateur drag queen has to confront his conservative father and Alzheimer’s grandfather about his identity.
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Reem Jubran is a Palestinian-American director and writer. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Directing from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her debut short narrative film Mariam (2021) premiered at Outfest Fusion Film Festival and has screened at over 15 festivals world-wide. Her first feature in-development, Sou-Sou, was selected for the Producer’s Highlight Program at the Palestine Pavilion the Cannes 2020 Marche du Film. She received several awards for her short films and work including the HFPA Award, Jim Morrison Film Fund, Gilbert Cates Scholarship, and the Jack Shaheen Scholarship. She has a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
The idea of Mariam is rooted in multiple layers: identity and intergenerational love. As a first-generation Palestinian-American female in my late 20s, I am on a journey of discovering that cyclical cultural habits, not only rooted in tradition but also exile and genocide, are conditioned in my mind. Mariam was an opportunity for me to explore Arab intergenerational trauma and show what gendered oppression coupled with the immigrant experience is like.