TUTTI I FILM DEL 5° FIRENZE FF – “Ablution” (Usa 2018) di Omar Al Dakheel

O M A R A L D A K H E E L
Omar* Omar Al Dakheel was born and raised in Kuwait. He came to the
US when he was 17 years old with a full merit scholarship to study
at the University of Miami where he received his BS in Broadcast
Journalism and BFA in acting. Omar then worked at Al Jazeera
English in Washington DC. He then pursued his MFA in Directing at
USC School of Cinematic Arts. Omar’s experience covers Theatre,
TV, documentary, fiction and VR. His latests projects are JIHAD IN
HOLLYWOOD, featuring Werner Herzog that won the gold medal
award at Kuwait Int. Film Festival, and AL IMAM featuring one of the world’s only
female imams. Currently, Omar is directing a Virtual reality project called GOING
ASTRAY in collaboration with Jaunt VR.
FILMOGRAPHY
2017 ABLUTION (15 min., Drama, Director, Co-screenplay & Co-producer, made at
USC School of Cinematic Arts)
2016 AL IMAM (19 min., Documentary, made at USC School of Cinematic Arts)
2015 JIHAD IN HOLLYWOOD (26 min, Documentary)
THE TROJAN (6 min., Drama, made at USC School of Cinematic Arts)
HARRY (6 min., Comedy-Drama, made at USC School of Cinematic Arts)
S Y N O P S I S
A B L U T I O N
* The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted
against religion. Everyday Waleed washes his disabled dad, Khaled, for prayer as a part
of their Islamic religious obligation. But, when Khaled suspects his son is gay he’s torn
between accepting him or living on his own unable to pray.

A B L U T I O N
End of production: 09.2017
Short
Director Omar Al Dakheel
Screenplay Omar Al Dakheel
Producer Omar Al Dakheel, Xing-Mai Deng, Itai
Forman
Country USA
Genre Drama, LGBT, Muslim/Islamic, Immigrant,
Disability. People of Color. Arab

Festivals
21.09.2017 * 20th URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NY, USA)
29.10.2017 * 24th AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, TX, USA)

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