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A fiction feature inspired by James Dean about a teenage rebel who comes of age into a headscarf and a motorcycle.
A fiction feature inspired by James Dean about a teenage rebel who comes of age into a headscarf and a motorcycle.
A fiction feature inspired by James Dean about a teenage rebel who comes of age into a headscarf and a motorcycle.
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"Marjoun" is an urgent cause. For all who want to understand our mission of "Marjoun" and how it relates to the current Syrian/Palestinian refugee crisis, please read the article I wrote for Mondoweiss.

Overview

Every generation has its own coming of age film, ever since "Rebel Without a Cause." Marjoun picks up on James Dean’s inspirations: reaching into all of our collective memories by posturing as he did on his motorcycle, as an outsider in a conformist yet changing multicultural America.

We produce a feature film that is an extension of the short "Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf," official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. 

"Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf" tells the story of a teenager in Arkansas who searches for identity in the headscarf and a motorcycle in the aftermath of her father’s imprisonment on dubious terrorist-related charges.  

"Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf" explores the life of troubled Muslim youth who have come into focus in news of late. Additionally, this will also be one of the most prominent features set in Little Rock, an area that has witnessed intense racial segregation. 

The Little Rock Nine were a group of nine African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School (where we set "Marjoun"). In 1957, their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, the Governor of Arkansas.  

On September 4 1957, the first day of school at Central High, a white mob gathered in front of the school, and Faubus sent the Arkansas National Guard to prevent the black students from entering. They entered the high school after the intervention of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Martin Luther King Jr.

In researching our history as Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, I found that the first wave of Arab/Muslim immigration to the U.S. was via slavery. The first recorded Arabic speaker to come to North America was called Zammouri, which in Arabic means someone from Al-Zammour, Morocco. His arrival in America was in the 1500s.

Despite centuries in the U.S., we are outsiders in most of film and TV, and our civil rights are often threatened. For this reason, I chose Marjoun's coming of age to be in Little Rock, weaving her story into the lineage of the Little Rock Nine.

The original music in this campaign is by composer Menno Cruijsen, who we've been working with since "Habibi." Please visit: www.fb.com/marjounandtheflyingheadscarf for more information.

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Available exclusively for our donors: inspired by our film, silk linen scarf by Faissal El-Malak. The pin design is embroidered into the scarf, hand-crafted in Dubai. The scarf is 70 x 200 cm (28 x 79 inches). Pledge $150 or more.
Available exclusively for our donors: inspired by our film, silk linen scarf by Faissal El-Malak. The pin design is embroidered into the scarf, hand-crafted in Dubai. The scarf is 70 x 200 cm (28 x 79 inches). Pledge $150 or more.
Your choice: HABIBI official poster designed by Man Kit Lam, or Art print by Reza Abedini. A1 size (24x33 inches). Pledge $75 or more.
Your choice: HABIBI official poster designed by Man Kit Lam, or Art print by Reza Abedini. A1 size (24x33 inches). Pledge $75 or more.
'Love' beanie, from our partner 5ive Pillars. Pledge $60 or more.
'Love' beanie, from our partner 5ive Pillars. Pledge $60 or more.
Original 'Marjoun' art print by Tzenko Stoyanov, approximately 18.39 x 16.68 cm (7.24 × 6.56 inches). Pledge $50 or more.
Original 'Marjoun' art print by Tzenko Stoyanov, approximately 18.39 x 16.68 cm (7.24 × 6.56 inches). Pledge $50 or more.
Wood Tasbeeh bracelet from our partner 5ive Pillars. Pledge $40 or more.
Wood Tasbeeh bracelet from our partner 5ive Pillars. Pledge $40 or more.

Press

Mondoweiss

Tribeca Film Festival

Indiewire

Mozzified

Arkansas Times

APlus

Buzzfeed

Risks and challenges

At this time, "Marjoun" is exclusively funded by grants - two of which will expire by December 31, 2015. In order to meet the funders' requirements, we must shoot the film before December 31, 2015 - or we will lose the money awarded to "Marjoun." That's why your help right now is so important. For a film like "Marjoun," financing options are not as diverse because we are working with authentic Arab and Arab-American actors and our story is about a marginalized community. That's why it is even more important that you join us on our journey. Films such as "Beasts of the Southern Wild" have proven that films about such communities can find a wider audience. That's our goal with "Marjoun," but we can't do it without you.

This crowdfunding campaign will allow us to close our gap and go into production by our December deadline.

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    A streaming link to our first feature film HABIBI, winner of 'Best Film,' FIPRESCI prize, Best Actress, and Best Editor at the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as many other awards around the world. Also, receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) Additionally, you'll get a MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by director Susan Youssef.

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    Dark wood Tasbeeh Bracelet from our partner 5ive Pillars. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) A streaming link to our film HABIBI, winner of 'Best Film,' FIPRESCI prize, Best Editor, and Best Actress at the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as many other awards around the world. Additionally, you'll get a MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by the director.

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    GET 'MARJOUN.' We email you as soon as we can, a streaming link to the completed film. (This will happen after our festival premieres!) Plus, a streaming link to our first feature film HABIBI, winner of 'Best Film,' FIPRESCI prize, Best Actress, and Best Editor at the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as many other awards around the world. Also, receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) Additionally, you'll get a MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by director Susan Youssef.

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    Original 'Marjoun' art print by Tzenko Stoyanov. This is the drawing of 'Marjoun' on her motorcycle as featured in our campaign video, by the exceptional illustrator based in Stockholm. A streaming link to our film HABIBI, winner of 'Best Film,' FIPRESCI prize, Best Editor, and Best Actress at the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as many other awards around the world. Additionally, you'll get a MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by the director.

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    'Love' in Arabic calligraphy stitched in white onto a red beanie, from our partner 5ivePillars. A streaming link to our film HABIBI, winner of 'Best Film,' FIPRESCI prize, Best Editor, Best Actress at the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as many other awards around the world. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by the director.

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    Your choice of HABIBI official release movie poster, or limited edition print by world renown artist specializing in Arabic calligraphy, Reza Abedini. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI, winner of 'Best Film,' FIPRESCI prize, Best Editor, and Best Actress at the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as many other awards around the world. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.)

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    MARJOUN DVD. The finished film on DVD will be released to you, for personal use, after the festival release of our film. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI, winner of 'Best Film,' FIPRESCI prize, Best Editor, and Best Actress at the Dubai International Film Festival, as well as many other awards around the world. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) MARJOUN postcard thanking you, with a personal message from the director.

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    Inspired by our film, a silk linen scarf designed exclusively for our project by our partner Faissal El-Malak. This scarf is available to our donors only. Faissal's work has been worn by fashion icons like Lebanese pop star Yasmine Hamdan. The scarf is 70 cm by 200 cm (28 x 79 inches) and hand-crafted in Dubai. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) MARJOUN postcard thanking you, with a personal message from the director.

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    MARJOUN DVD & Scarf. The finished film on DVD will be released to you, for personal use, after the festival release of our film. Silk linen scarf designed exclusively for our project by our partner Faissal El-Malak. This scarf is available to our donors only. Faissal's work has been worn by fashion icons like Lebanese pop star Yasmine Hamdan. The scarf is 70 x 200 cm (28 x 79 inches) and hand-crafted in Dubai. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) We ship the scarf by December 2015, and then the DVD upon its release. MARJOUN postcard thanking you, with a personal message from the director.

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    Academy Award nominated writer/director Shari Springer Berman will read your feature screenplay and provide personalized notes. Plus, receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by director Susan Youssef.

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    Two tickets to the regional "Marjoun" film premiere in your area. Meet the attending director, cast, and crew in person plus receive a signed DVD. (Transportation not provided.) Silk linen scarf designed exclusively for our project by our partner Faissal El-Malak. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by the director.

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    THANK YOU credit on the official completed MARJOUN AND THE FLYING HEADSCARF, including the theatrical version which will play on the big screen! Two tickets to the regional "Marjoun" film premiere in your area. Meet the attending director, cast, and crew in person plus receive a signed DVD. (Transportation not provided.) Silk linen scarf designed exclusively for our project by our partner Faissal El-Malak. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. (You can also choose to be anonymous.) The scarf will be delivered by December 2015. MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by the director.

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    One of a kind drawing that will appear in the film will be yours, by Stockholm-based illustrator Tzenko Stoyanov. After production is wrapped, a piece from the film will be yours. This will be a surprise piece of art, so as not to create any spoilers! THANK YOU credit on the official completed MARJOUN AND THE FLYING HEADSCARF, including the US theatrical version which will play on the big screen! Plus a DVD of the completed film, upon the festival release of the film. Inspired by our film, silk linen scarf designed exclusively for our project by our partner Faissal El-Malak. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. MARJOUN postcard thanking you, signed by the director.

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    A role in our film. Susan will write in a speaking part for you. We also provide 1 hotel night equivalent with cast & crew standards, and on set catering. This is an acting role guaranteed for one scene. (Travel to shooting location in the U.S. not provided.) Two tickets to the regional "Marjoun" film premiere in your area. Meet the attending director, cast, and crew in person plus receive a signed DVD. (Transportation not provided.) Original 'Marjoun' printed illustration by Tzenko Stoyanov, approximately 18.39 x 16.68 cm (7.24 × 6.56 inches). This is the drawing of 'Marjoun' on her motorcycle as featured in our campaign video, by the exceptional illustrator based in Stockholm. Inspired by our film, silk linen scarf designed exclusively for our project by our partner Faissal El-Malak. Plus, a streaming link to our film HABIBI. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. Postcard thanking you, by the director.

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    Executive Producer credit in the film, IMDB, and in related materials. Two tickets to the regional "Marjoun" film premiere in your area. Meet the attending director, cast, and crew in person plus receive a signed DVD. (Transportation not provided.) Original 'Marjoun' printed illustration by Tzenko Stoyanov. Receive a Partner credit on our website, and be added to our mailing list. Postcard thanking you, by the director.

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Funding period

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