Looking for Middle Eastern, Palestinian actors who are fluent in Arabic for 6 roles in a USC Graduate Thesis film. If you or anyone you know meets the requirements and is interested, please email Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org with a headshot, resume, and demo reel.
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Statement from Adva Reichman (Director & Writer):
Whilst in the army, I served in the civil administration in Jenin. Our unit’s mission and my job in particular was to bridge between the Palestinians in Jenin to the IDF forces operating in that regime.
During the war in 2014, I worked in the news. In and out of work I would hear of death on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides. No matter how hard I tried to distance myself in order to be able to do my job well, the pain found its way in. That was when inspiration found its way too. It emerged from the breaking point in which reality seemed incomprehensible and at the same time too familiar. That is when I started writing about the conflict. I was and still am trying to make sense in all of it.
‘Somewhere I Hate’ isn’t about choosing sides. It is my way of attempting to understand why this happens and how. It’s an attempt to make us all think. I know there are people on both sides who struggle with the concept of this film. It is ‘grey’ because our life is. There is no black and white in this conflict and so I cannot write a black or white story. I believe the conversation should never end if we want to have a chance for peace. I think and hope art in general and film in particular can inspire that conversation. This is why this film is important to me and why I hope it will be important to others.
Adva Reichman is an MFA candidate at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, focusing on writing and directing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in IDC in Israel for communication and business. After her studies, she worked in the news in Israel for 2 years. At the same time, she also worked as a researcher on four documentaries that dealt with terror attacks in Israel. In 2015, she moved to LA to pursue her master’s degree. Today, she is writing a feature about the complexity of the conflict and is working on her thesis film that deals with the same subject.
"SOMEWHERE I HATE"
USC Graduate Thesis Film
Producers: Nick Benjamin and Jordan Martinez
Director: Adva Reichman
Casting Director: Adam Kronenberger
Shoot Dates: Weekends in May 2018 (tentatively)
Rate of Pay: USC SAG-AFTRA Waiver (IMDb credit, copy, meals)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
[NABILA]18 to 25 years old, Middle Eastern, Palestinian female. MUST SPEAK ARABIC, preferably educated on a West Bank dialect. Nabila is 8 months pregnant. She is consumed with anger and wants to avenge her husband’s death. The premature birth of her baby makes her understand she has something to live for. When she changes her mind, she learns who Hamas really is, and that her options are worse than limited. Nabila is the kind of person who follows her heart. She’s very conflicted and tries to find her way... LEAD.
[JAMEELA]45 to 60 years old, Middle Eastern, Palestinian female. MUST SPEAK ARABIC, preferably educated in a West Bank dialect. Nabila’s mother. Loving and caring, but lacks the ability to stand her ground. Doesn’t support terror, but mostly wants her family to stay out of it in order to protect them. When her husband died, her daughters got closer to Hamas and she wasn’t strong enough to stop them... SUPPORTING.
[FATIMA]20 to 28 years old, Middle Eastern, Palestinian female. MUST SPEAK ARABIC, preferably educated in a West Bank dialect. Nabila’s sister. Hard core and devoted. Believes in Hamas and terror as the answer. Someone who can show love and empathy and at the same time be willing to sacrifice their loved ones for the cause... SUPPORTING.
[RAFIK]23 to 30 years old, Middle Eastern, Palestinian male. MUST SPEAK ARABIC, preferably educated in a West Bank dialect. Hamas's leader. Not physically threatening, but the kind of man whose presence instills fear in those around him... SUPPORTING.
[ABED]18 to 20 years old, Middle Eastern, Palestinian male. MUST SPEAK ARABIC, preferably educated in a West Bank dialect. Nabila’s husband. Charming and extremely charismatic. The kind of guy who can turn a woman’s world upside down... SUPPORTING.
[MANSOUR]23 to 30 years old, Middle Eastern, Palestinian male. MUST SPEAK ARABIC, preferably educated in a West Bank dialect. Hamas's soldier. Loyal, smart; the muscles to Rafik’s brain... SUPPORTING.