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Amira & Sam
Directed by
Sean Mullin

USA / 2013 / 88

In English, and Arabic with subtitles

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Sean Mullin, Paul Wesley, Dina Shihabi, Laith Nakli
Reminiscent of classic Hollywood romances, where the leads hold their own and the chemistry runs high (think Hepburn and Grant, Bogie and Bacall), Sam and Amira spar with their wits and embrace with their hearts. Behind this romantic curtain, however, is a film that addresses race, class and militarism. Under the restrained hand of director Sean Mullin, it takes place with a dose of humor and a light touch.

Just back from Iraq, floundering Sam, played with reserved mien by Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks) is lured into the world of finance by his ambitious cousin Charlie. But when fast-talking, street-savvy Amira, niece of Samís Iraqi translator, literally descends on him as she goes on the run from immigration officials, Sam begins to rediscover his true self.

In a charming story that shifts between moral dilemma and budding romance, the struggling duo has everyone in the audience rooting for them.

Sean Mullin is an award-winning filmmaker with an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Sean's unique background as a former army officer turned stand-up comedian informs his creative sensibility, oscillating between comedy and drama. Prior to his filmmaking career, Sean was a Captain in the New York Army National Guard where he was a first responder on September 11, 2001. For almost a year, he spent his days working as the Officer in Charge of the soldiers at Ground Zero, and his nights performing stand-up comedy. Mullinís short films Sadiq, Man is a Bridge and The 14th Morning, have won numerous awards and played at film festivals around the world. Sean has written screenplays for Oscarģ Nominated director Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball). He is currently a writer/producer on 15 Brothers, a coming-of-age story set within the world of West Point rugby, directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, produced by Jules Daley and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Cast/Featuring: Martin Starr, Dina Shihabi, Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, David Rasche, Ross Marquand, Taylor Wilcox
Executive Producer(s): James Ponsoldt, Meg Montagnino-Jarrett, Peter Sobiloff
Producer(s): Terry Leonard, Erich Lochner, Matt Miller
Director(s): Sean Mullin
Screenwriter(s): Sean Mullin
Cinematographer(s): Danny Vechionne
Editor(s): Julian Robinson
Composer(s)/Music: Heather McIntosh
Courtesy of: Drafthouse Films
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