Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf
Fall Grant 2012
Current project status: COMPLETED
Marjoun is 17 years old and an outsider in her home of Little Rock, Arkansas. While her father Aabid awaits trial for alleged connections to Hezbollah, Sami moves in to help run the family convenience store. Marjoun takes action to get her father out of prison while Sami makes advances. She takes solace in listening to post-punk; writing poetry on her typewriter; and fancying Chaney, the blond boy in her math class. Eventually, she runs away, learns to ride a motorcycle, and takes off for the open road. Will she make it to Mexico or will she be pulled back into the messy reality of her life?
- Susan Youssef
- Susan Youssef
- Susan Youssef, Man Kit Lam, Shari Springer Berman
About the Director
'Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf' is the second feature film of Susan Youssef. 'Habibi', her first feature-length film, was an official selection of the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. It won awards around the world, including Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival. Youssef is currently a Directing Fellow with Fox Studios. Her collection of shorts and video art have screened and are in collections around the world, including museums and universities such as Tate Modern and Harvard University. Youssef is a Fulbright Fellow. Before beginning her career as a filmmaker, she was a schoolteacher and journalist in Beirut.
Production Company Profile
S.Y. Films produced Susan Youssef's first feature, ‘Darling, Something's Wrong with Your Head’ (2011). Producers at S.Y. Films include Youssef and Man Kit Lam.
Marjoun LLC is the production company of Susan Youssef and Man Kit Lam. Productions include Youssef’s feature film ‘Habibi’ (2011), which was selected for the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals and was named Best Film at the Dubai International Film Festival. In addition, Marjoun has produced three short films which have screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the Tate Modern. Youssef’s ‘Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf’ is their second feature production.
Awards and Festival History
Miami IFF 2019 (WP)