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Sam & Amira

Two outsiders struggle to get along in New York City—former soldier Sam to assimilate back into civilian life and Iraq-born Amira to attain citizenship. When Amira faces deportation, she finds an advocate in him in this story of forbidden love.
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May 30, 2014
Friday
9:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Director Sean Mullin, producers Erich Lochner, Matt Miller, actor Martin Starr scheduled to attend

May 31, 2014
Saturday
11:30 AM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Director Sean Mullin, producers Erich Lochner, Matt Miller, actor Martin Starr scheduled to attend

Tracing the relationship between Sam (Martin Starr, Knocked Up, “Freaks & Geeks”) an Iraq war veteran, and Amira (Dina Shihabi), an Iraqi immigrant on the verge of deportation, Sean Mullin's feature film debut is an assured romantic drama that packs a true emotional punch. After returning from duty in the Middle East, Sam attempts to reintegrate into civilian society, though often finds himself at a loss when it comes to dealing with people outside of a war zone. Seeing an opportunity in Sam’s veteran status, his cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, “The Vampire Diaries”), an unscrupulous venture capitalist, enlists Sam to help close a funding round with a lucrative investor (David Rasche), himself a veteran. Meanwhile, Sam becomes the reluctant host to Amira, offering her a place to stay as she sorts out her immigration status. When Sam’s involvement with Charlie and his budding romantic relationship with Amira come into conflict, Sam must choose between his evolving conscience and his fledgling career. Drawing on his own experience in the military, writer-director Mullin brings a nuanced, well-observed relationship drama to life with the help of standout performances from his two leads. Sam & Amira is a stark indie drama that looks past common stereotypes to get to the heart of the very real human beings behind them.

Director Biography

Sean Mullin is an American filmmaker and screenwriter. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University. Mullin's thesis film at Columbia, "Sadiq," was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Student Film in 2006. Sam & Amira is his feature-length debut as a writer-director.

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Director: Sean Mullin
Principal Cast: Martin Starr, Dina Shihabi, Paul Wesley, Laith Nakli, David Rasche
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Matt Miller, Erich Lochner, Terry Leonard
Screenplay: Sean Mullin
Cinematographers: Danny Vecchione
Editors: Julian Robinson
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Fim
Language: English, Arabic
Format: DCP
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