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Director AHSEN NADEEM (US 2021) 100 min
Initially, filmmaker Ahsen Nadeem travels to Kyoto to document a secretive Buddhist sect whose monks are said to reach enlightenment through extreme acts of physical endurance. When a ringing phone gets him kicked out of the sect’s monastery, Nadeem reveals the true reason he has come to Japan: he’s running away from his own life decision — whether to tell his strict Muslim family that he has married a non-Muslim woman and, thereby, risk being ostracized by his parents or continue to keep the relationship a secret and put his marriage in jeopardy. This winding, often hilarious, thoroughly unpredictable tale is about asking questions, looking for answers and, ultimately, choosing to have faith in love.
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Writer, director, and producer, AHSEN NADEEM, was born in Saudi Arabia and immigrated first to Ireland and eventually the United States. He’s collaborated on a wide range of projects including producing projects with Ari Aster (dir. Hereditary) and John Patton Ford (dir. Emily the Criminal). His non-fiction work has appeared in the New York Times and his commercial work includes brands such as Mercedes, Opening Ceremony, and Kenzo. Crows Are White is his first feature film.
|RUNNING TIME:||100 min|
|LANGUAGES:||English, Arabic, Japanese|
|PRODUCERS:||Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens, Ahsen Nadeem, Sebastian Pardo, Ben Renzo, Riel Roch Decter
Executive Producer: Ben Renzo
|EDITORS:||Weston Currie, Kimberley Hassett|
|NOTE WRITER:||Ananya Kumar-Banerjee|