Welcome to a new series here at Cinematical where we'll shine a spotlight on different films premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival later this month.
Making her first trip to the Sundance Film Festival, director Zeina Durra continues to focus on post-9/11 themes in New York City in her debut feature film as writer-director, The Imperialists Are Still Alive! While her 2005 short film Seventh Dog took a somewhat comedic look at the way Arabs are treated in our post-9/11 society, The Imperialists Are Still Allive! expands upon similar themes as it follows the story of a French Manhattanite with Middle Eastern ties whose personal and political views are tested when her childhood friend goes missing.
Cinematical caught up with Durra to find out a touch more about the film before it premieres in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Cinematical: Give us the "dude on the street" description of your film.
Zeina Durra: It's a story about an artist living the downtown New York scene whose got Middle Eastern roots and who deals with her political legacy while falling in love and working and playing hard.