Original film poster
|Directed by||Rolla Selbak|
|Produced by||Jeremy Elliott|
Fahmi Farouk Farahat
|Written by||Rolla Selbak|
|Starring|| Sheetal Sheth |
|Music by||Vicente Avella|
|Edited by||Fahmi Farouk Farahat|
Three Veils is a 2011 film written and directed by Rolla Selbak and starring Sheetal Sheth, Angela Zahra and Mercedes Masöhn. The film is notable for featuring a lesbian character. Selbak herself is a lesbian.It has won several awards.
Three Veils is about three young Middle-Eastern women living in the U.S, each with their own personal story. Leila (Mercedes Masöhn) is engaged to be married, however as the wedding night approaches, she becomes less and less sure. Amira (Angela Zahra) is a devout Muslim, but is dealing with her deep repressed lesbian feelings. Nikki (Sheetal Sheth) is acting out her promiscuity as she battles her own demons after a tragic death in the family. As the film progresses, all three stories unfold and blend into each other as connections are revealed between the three women.
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