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I recently saw Three Veils at a screening in Alaska and was completely blown away by the film. It is a story about a specific period of time in the lives of three Muslim-American young women who are each dealing with their own struggles such as arranged marriage, lesbianism, substance abuse and who's lives are intertwined through friendship.
The director, Ms. Selbak, did a fantastic job in the way she wrote the film as we see the story told three times from the three different points of view of the three main leads. Leyla, who is dealing with an arranged marriage; Amira, who as a devout Muslim is having lesbian tendencies and Nikki, who is dealing with substance abuse while dealing with family issues.
While all of the above are very dark subject matters, Ms. Selbak interjects humor into the mix as well. I laughed with the film, I cried with the film.
The three lead actresses did a phenomenal job. I was especially taken with the performances of Sheetal Sheth as Nikki and Angela Zahra as Amira, both of which grab you from the beginning of the film and don't let go. It's refreshing to see such strong women characters in film. The supporting cast was also fabulous as well.
I would highly recommend this film to everyone but especially to women everywhere. While these are Muslim-American women in the film, the themes are universal to all women. They are struggles that we all face regardless of our ethnic, religious or societal backgrounds.
Thank you, Ms. Selbak for creating such an amazing film that I certainly connected with.
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