ABROAD (à l'étranger or الغربة) is the first film produced by ZMA Entertainment, an American film production company owned and soon to be launched by Zayn Alexander. ABROAD is a short film starring Zayn Alexander and Pascale Seigneurie. The screenplay was written by Seigneurie and the film was directed by Alexander. ABROAD will make its world premiere at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, January 31 - February 10. Official dates and showtimes will be announced soon. Learn more at sbiff.org
News and Updates:
- OFFICIAL SELECTION, FilmFest52 2018 (Bethel, CT)
Abroad has been accepted for screening at a future FilmFest52 date. FilmFest52 is a unique festival that runs years round, screening on average 250 films per year. Screenings are generally held on Wednesday nights at 7pm at The Bethel Cinema located in Bethel CT. www.bethelcinema.com
- OFFICIAL SELECTION, New Haven International Film Festival 2018 (New Haven, CT)
Abroad has been accepted to screen at New Haven International Film Festival May 2-6, 2018 in New Haven Connecticut.
COUNTRY United States
RUNTIME 10 minutes
AKA Abroad | El Gherbe | à l'étranger
There are a lot of conversations taking place today at the national stage, one of them is that of diversity. While the industry has come a long way, particularly when it comes to embracing diverse characters, the issue still remains. I believe that true diversity means cultural inclusiveness in all of its forms with the story being front and center. It's one thing to greenlight a generic storyline and include a diverse cast (LGBTQ, Asian, African American, Middle-Eastern, etc.), it's a whole other thing to present the lives of people from different cultures and, as a result, pave the way for an organic casting process and true change.
Abroad is my first film as a filmmaker. I'm also an actor in the project. This film started out as a personal experiment between Pascale and myself. Pascale Seigneurie is my writer and co-star. We wanted to tell a story about how we as people are not so different from each other regardless of where we come from. Our stories, emotions, and thoughts are universal. We’ve all experienced that inner conflict of having to choose between our dreams and material reality. We’ve all experienced that yearn for what we believe is an idealistic existence and how, eventually, we succumb to the temptations of the regular.
Abroad revolves around actors and the film industry. However, the film is not just a short film about the typecasting of Middle-Eastern actors. The real focus are the lives of a Lebanese couple beyond the small roles available to them. It's a "slice of life" story that hasn't been told before, and it's my desire to see it instigate deep conversations about family, career, and the struggles one faces in pursing his or her dreams while convention and societal expectations play their respective roles in influencing one's thoughts and behavior. In making this film, I imagined a film I wanted to see, so I made one.
While a release date has not been officially confirmed, a DVD will go on sale at the end of 2018.