Ava DuVernay’s film collective Array has officially acquired coming-of-age dramedy NamourNamour was written and directed by Heidi Saman, and made it’s world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year.

The film revolves around the story of the Karim Saleh, played by Steven Bassem (Iron Man 2), a young adult who feels trapped between his service industry gig as a valet for an upscale City of Angels restaurant and the desires of his Arab-American immigrant family. Bassem is joined by Waleed Zuaiter (20th Century Woman) and newcomer Wedad Abdou.

“Writer-director Heidi Saman’s portrayal of frustration and anxiety within the American immigrant community is heartfelt yet elegantly understated in Namour.  We’re excited to introduce Saman’s stirring debut feature film to an international film audience,” said Array executive director Tilane Jones. “

Namour‘s rights were acquired by Array for the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.  The deal was packaged by Gordon Bobb of Del, Shaw, Moonves, and is set to premiere on-demand and theatrically on March 15 this year.

DuVernay launched ARRAY in 2010 under the name African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM).  In 2015 the company re-branded itself as ARRAY and expanded its focus to release and champion films by black filmmakers from the African diaspora, as well as women and other filmmakers of color.  Since its inception in 2010, DuVernay and her team at ARRAY have committed themselves wholeheartedly to finding ways to expose films by people of color and women to audiences across the country.

Namour will be the 15th release for ARRAY. The organization has already released a total of 14 films in only 5 years:  ‘I Will Follow’ (2011), ‘Kinyarwanda’ (2011), ‘Restless City’ (2012),‘Middle of Nowhere‘ (2012), ‘Better Mus’ Come‘ (2013), ‘Big Words‘ (2013), ‘Vanishing Pearls‘ (2014), ‘Mississippi Damned‘ (2015 via Netflix), ’25 Years to Life’ (2014), ‘Ayanda’(2015), ‘Out of My Hand‘ (2015), ‘Ashes and Embers’ (2016), ‘Echo Park‘ (2016), ‘Honey‘ (2016).

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