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Feb 5 2020

Nadi Al-Cinema (Film Series): Three Veils by Rolla Selbek

Nadi Al-Cinema: Film Series

February 5, 2020

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM


Arab American Cultural Center 111 Stevenson Hall


701 S Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607


On the third top there are images of cinema tickets and glasses for 3-D films scattered in red, white and black. The title of the movie comes next: Three Veils by Rolla Selbak. A short paragraph description of the film. followed by date time and location. Information about contacting the Center, email and address are added. At the bottom there is ArabAmCC logo and a banner logo for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the middle east and north africa educational inititiave. the logo has the name of the initiative in white letters against a black background on one side and a geometric art shape with many colors on the other side.

Nadi Al-Cinema (Film Series): Three Veils by Rolla Selbek

part of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa and Diasporas Educational Initiative

About the Film:

Three Veils is a poignant and daring film about three young Middle-Eastern women living in the US each with her own personal story. Leola, taken by fantasies of the perfect lover, agrees to an arranged marriage that goes terribly wrong. Amira, a devout Muslim, finds herself in a desperate battle between her faith and her repressed feelings towards women. And Nikki, a troubled soul who spirals downward on a self-destructive path when her dark and painful past finally catches up to her. As the three stories tenderly unfold, the lives of these three women intertwine while they each struggle to defy tradition and create their own realities.

About the Filmmaker:

Rolla Selbak is a Sundance 2017 filmmaker, and a triple- minority in the film industry: a queer, Muslim-American woman. She is a writer/director of film and TV drama, and is known for bringing strong female characters to the forefront of her work. She imprints her fresh point of view as a queer Arab immigrant having moved to the U.S after the first Gulf War, and often focuses on socially controversial topics.

Popcorn will be provided

Space is accessible by wheelchair. For additional needs to questions, please contact us at or call at 312-413-3253


Arab American Cultural Center

Date posted

Jan 24, 2020

Date updated

Feb 2, 2020