Coral Gables Art Cinema
260 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

World Premiere

DIRECTED BY Susan Youssef

Country: Canada, Lebanon, Netherlands, Qatar, UAE, USA
Language: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 84min
Film Year: 2019
Category: Knight Marimbas Award

Marjoun, clad in all black, with dark eyes and dark hair, is 17 years old and an outsider in her home of Little Rock, Arkansas. Her father Aabid is from Lebanon, and in county jail awaiting trial for his alleged connections to Hezbollah. As she deals with the tensions in her high school and the attempts to get her father out of jail, she takes solace in writing poetry on her typewriter and fancying Chaney, the boy in her math class. When hope dims for her father’s release, Marjoun seeks to take to the open road on a motorcycle. Will she escape or be pulled back into her life in Little Rock?

Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf is set in 2006, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Second Intifada, and Iraq War. We experience these shifts in Arab and Muslim American lives through the three women in Marjoun’s household, in a time when young Muslim women are choosing the hijab independently of their familial traditions to find meaning and strength in their own choices. Finally, this film is set also at Magnolia Grove Monastery in Mississippi. This Zen Buddhist monastery has been established in the tradition of the friendship of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, bringing together the themes of civil rights movements and interfaith practice.

Preceded by NEWBORN


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Director: Susan Youssef
Producer: Man Kit Lam, Susan Youssef
Screenwriter: Susan Youssef
Production Company: Marjoun LLC

Music: Menno Cruijsen
Cinematographer: Guy Galloway, Hans Bouma
Editor: Susan Youssef, Man Kit Lam

Cast: Clara Khoury, Monastics of Magnolia Grove Monastery, Maram Al Jahmi

Susan Youssef

Susan Youssef was a schoolteacher and journalist in Beirut before she turned to filmmaking. An early short film “Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf” (2006) debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and became the basis for her second narrative feature. Her first narrative feature Habibi (2011), set in Gaza, premiered at Venice and was also an official selection of the Miami Film Festival.