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Disney+ is Producing a Short Film About a Muslim Family’s Eid Celebrations


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In a bid to diversify its content, streaming platform Disney+ is currently working on a short film focused on Eid. The Islamic holiday and its celebration will take center stage in a short film titled American Eid, which is set to be a low-budget subscription video on demand program distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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According to the casting call posted, the production is still under development and is seeking actors who can speak English and fluent Urdu to play the roles of an immigrant Pakistani family settled in the US. The plot of the short film sees eight-to-nine-year-old Ameena who desperately wants to celebrate Eid which is not recognized as an official public holiday in the States. To ensure that her family celebrates the festival together instead of missing out on it because of work, Ameena starts a petition around her school to make Eid an official holiday in the country. This doesn’t sit well with her older sister Zara, who wants to fit in her new school and is making efforts to conform to western culture. This includes her nicknaming herself to be known as “Z” as well as adopting an American accent. Upon finding out about her younger sister’s petition to celebrate Eid, Zara and Ameena have a huge fallout.

More details about the short film and its release date are still unknown, however, it is confirmed that the casting of the characters which also includes parents and grandparents will take place in Los Angeles. It is likely that OSN will broadcast the short film here in the Middle East as it recently secured exclusive distribution rights to Disney+ Originals across the region. The Disney+ Originals are available to OSN TV subscribers, as well as on OSN’s new streaming service.

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