“Americanish”: A Muslim Romantic Comedy Screened at New York Asian Film Fest and Asian American International Film Fest | Global

“This is America. Where dreams come true … ish. That’s the slogan of ‘Americanish,’ a romantic comedy directed by Emmy Award winner Iman Zawahry, which will make its debut new- York at two festivals this weekend in New York.

The film, in which three young women seek love in New York City, will screen at the New York Asian Film Festival and the Asian American International Film Festival 44 on August 14 and 15, respectively.

The film, co-written by Zawahry and comedian / actress Aizzah Fatima, stars Fatima (“The Good Wife”), Salena Qureshi (“The Company”), Native American actor Kapil Talwalkar (“The Extraordinary Playlist de Zoey “), Indian actors Lillete Dubey (” The best exotic hotel in Marigold “) and Shenaz Treasury (” The Big Sick “), George Wendt (” Norm from Cheers “), David Rasche (” Men in Black 3 ” ), Godfrey (“Zoolander”), and Mohammed “Mo” Amer (“Ramy”).

This unique coming-of-age comedy offers a refreshing sense of authenticity, as its female roles convey a range and depth of character derived from the co-creators’ own experiences as American women.

Zawahry noted that the film “fights and corrects stereotypes” in an accessible and welcoming way.

She said: “Comedy is often overlooked as a tool to help educate audiences and transform our opinion, especially when it comes to politics and religion. Our film does all of this and more. This is especially important for our cast and crew, as many of us are women, women of color and / or Muslim women. Few people understand what it means to be a Muslim in America, and we are often portrayed as a monolith in the media. “

“Americanish” invites viewers into the home and lives of three women, as they navigate the often turbulent waters of romance, culture, career and family.

According to the film’s description, it follows the joys and tribulations of career-focused sisters Maryam and Sam Khan, and their cousin Ameera, a fish out of water, who moves to New York City with one goal: to find a Pakistani American doctor. to marry.

Set in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, the film “offers a fresh perspective on classic tropes of romantic comedy, exploring the complexity of trying to both honor and break with cultural traditions while balancing values. personal and career goals in a company that does not always accommodate both.

“Americanish” will screen at the New York Asian Film Festival on August 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the SVA Theater in New York. For more information visit https://www.nyaff.org/nyaff21/films/americanish

As part of the lineup for the Asian American International Film Festival 44, the 90-minute film will begin airing on August 15 at midnight ET.

More information can be found here: https://www.aaiff.org/aaiff44/americanish

Zawahry is one of the country’s first Muslim-American Hijabi filmmakers. She has worked on numerous films which have played in over 100 theaters around the world. His short film, “Tough Crowd,” won an Emmy Award. She received the coveted Princess Grace Award for her film “Undercover” and was selected as a member of the Lincoln Center New York Film Festival Artist Academy in 2015.

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