I Can’t Think Straight
Genre: Romance, comedy
Director: Shamim Sarif
Producer: Hanan Kattan
Written by: Shamim Sarif and Kelly Moss
Length: 80 minutes
Principal cast: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Antonia Frering, Dalip Tahil, Nina adia, Ernest Ignatius, Siddigua Akhtar, Amber Rose Revah, Anya Lahiri, Kimberly Jaraj, Sam Vincenti, Rez Kempton, Darwin Shaw, George Tardios, Ishwar Maharaj
Film Fest Awards:
• Best Feature, Audience Award – Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009
• Best Feature – International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Of Canary Islands, 2009
• Best Feature – Afterellen Visibility Awards
• Best Feature, Audience Award – Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2009
• Best Feature, Audience Award – Pink Apple 2009
• Audience Award Best Feature Film – Fairy Tales International Queer Diversity Film Festival (Calgary) 2009
• Jury Winner Best Feature Film – Festival Del Mar, Majorca 2009
• Audience Award, Best Feature – Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2009
• Best lesbian movie – The Holebifilmfestival Vlaams-Brabant 2009, Belgium
• Jury award for Best Women’s Feature – Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009
• Best Feature Film – Gay Film Nights International Film Festival 2009
Synopsis: Tala, a London-based Palestinian, is preparing for her elaborate Middle Eastern wedding when she meets Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating her best friend.
Spirited Christian Tala and shy Muslim Leyla could not be more different from each other, but the attraction is immediate and goes deeper than friendship. But Tala is not ready to accept the implications of the choice her heart has made for her and escapes back to Jordan, while Leyla tries to move on with her new-found life, to the shock of her tradition-loving parents.
As Tala’s wedding day approaches, simmering tensions come to boiling point and the pressure mounts for Tala to be true to herself.
Moving between the vast enclaves of Middle Eastern high society and the stunning backdrop of London’s West End, I Can’t Think Straight explores the clashes between East and West, love and marriage, conventions and individuality, creating a humorous and tender story of unexpected love and unusual freedoms.