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New Comedy Film TARAB Set to Begin Filming This Spring


TARAB follows Mena, a single, successful female lawyer, who is married to her career. As her Lebanese mother & family push her to find marriage in hopes of grandchildren, Mena realizes she has been working so hard, she has not noticed how much time has passed. She has lost her spark or light within herself until one day she finds her passion within a form of dance that is not widely accepted as a professional career in her culture - belly dancing. But how long can Mena keep up this double life? If her secret gets out, her family will be shocked and embarrassed. Will she lose her job? Will she have to give up the one thing that has re-connected her to herself? Find out in this truly incredible story of acceptance, culture, family, community, diversity, equality & love that is TARAB.

This film came about when a New York based actress and belly-dancer, Maria Moussa - Michaels noticed the lack of strong roles for women, especially those of diverse ethnicities, in film and TV - even in the Indie film community. She approached Joyce Lao, a fellow actress who is also passionate about representing diversity in Film, TV and theater. Together, they planned to create a film that would represent diversity and more women behind-the-scenes and on-camera. The film stars several veteran actors such as Karen Lynn Gorney who played Stephanie Mangano alongside John Travolta's of the famous disco classic, Saturday Night Fever. Allen Enlow, who is known for his role as Dr. Harry Winer from the hit show, "The Sopranos" and Sami Fahmi, a well-known Egyptian actor among others. The cast also include a lot of talented NY based actors namely Tamir, Anton Obeid, John Freda, Messeret Stromann, Pete Mc Namara, Eli Walker, Jasmin Malave, Bill Beydoun, Leslie Frye, Catherine Taormina, Victoria Vance, Sophia Mahmoud, Hamza Zaman, Buali Shah, Ruba Mansouri and Mushin Kahn.

Please visit our website Tarab is currently in pre-production and is set to be filmed in April to May of 2017. Your help in any capacity will be greatly appreciated. A producer credit will be given to those who will be able to provide the following for our filming needs:

1. High End Law office location preferably in New York City. - 5-8 days
2. 1 apartment with a kitchen, dining room and a bedroom - 3-5 days
3. 1 apartment with 2 bedrooms - 3-5 days
4. Catering and food, snacks - 14 days of filming
5. Monetary gifts - please check our website or contact Joyce at 917-686-9549

With your contributions and support, we will be able to make this project to its highest quality. Help us spread the word on ethnic and sexual diversity through this project.

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