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Sabah (2005)

One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man. She's Muslim, he's not. Unbeknownst to her family, she goes on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.

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Ruba Nadda

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Ruba Nadda
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arsinée Khanjian ... Sabah
Setta Keshishian Setta Keshishian ... Um Mouhammed
Roula Said Roula Said ... Shaheera
Fadia Nadda Fadia Nadda ... Souhaire
Jeff Seymour ... Majid
Kathryn Winslow ... Amal
Shawn Doyle ... Stephen Montpellier
Aaron Abrams ... Paramedic
Mary Lou Fallis Mary Lou Fallis ... Opera Singer
David Alpay ... Mustafa
Kaylen Christensen Kaylen Christensen ... Girlfriend
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Storyline

Sabah is 40, single, an immigrant from Syria living in Toronto with her family, responsible for her mother's well-being. Since her father's death, her brother Majid has been the family authority. His niece doesn't want him choosing her husband, his marriage is rocky, but he insists on tradition. Sabah meets Stephen at a city swimming pool; they're attracted to each other. Because he's not a Muslim, Sabah hides their friendship from her family. Where can this relationship go? Can this family sort out its tensions? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

TL Boulton Productions Ltd

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Coldwater See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

T. L. Boulton See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in only 20 days. See more »

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Referenced in Allemaal film: De amerikaanse droom (2007) See more »

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Beautiful film, dramatic, funny, uplifting and there's belly dancing!
13 April 2005 | by MustaserSee all my reviews

I loved this movie! What a great portrayal of Arab-Canadians. Refreshing to see a change to negative stereotypes out there! The director spoke about how there are many different sides to the culture and religion and how she chose to show a lighter and more humane side. Thank god for that. As an Arab man, I appreciated seeing the culture in a different context; a more positive context. And it was so funny. I look forward to seeing it again and definitely recommend it to people. Why can't Canada make more films like this? It was a genuinely thoughtful film. An inspiring, uplifting tale that was very well supported by a brilliant cast (Arsinee Khanjian belly dances!! And she laughs and smiles and flirts. Definitely a first) Excellent directing.

Let's hope Hollywood doesn't steal our talented director away.


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