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Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf

Fall Grant 2012

Susan Youssef / Feature Narrative / Lebanon, Netherlands, United States of America, Qatar / 2017 / Original Language: English / Interests: Coming of Age, Middle Eastern, Social Issues, Immigration, Women Interest


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
Production Company
Marjoun LLC, S.Y. Films, Topkapi Films, Berman & Pulcini
Production Company
Marjoun LLC

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.

Awards and Festival History


Miami IFF 2019 (WP)


  • Director

    Susan Youssef

  • Main Contact

    Man Kit Lam

    Marjoun LLC
    +1 512 879 6476

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