Showing posts with label The Native Informant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Native Informant. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Arab Film Festival Launches New Short Film Fest in San Francisco (April 9, 16, 23)

The Arab Film Festival is launching a new International Short Film Series at Little Roxie Theater, San Francisco on Wednesdays, April 9, 16 and 23, 2014 (7 pm).

Arab Shorts is a multifaceted program that includes narrative, documentary, experimental and animated short films. It focuses on current works that mirror the diversity of the Arab world by bringing the best short films to our American audiences.

The series debuts on Wednesday, April 9 with the “Iraqi 35mm Workshop” showcase, which will premiere the work of young filmmakers such as Ahmed Yassin’s Children of God, Luay Fadhil’s Lipstick, Meedo Ali’s Children of War, Mohamad Hayal’s Happy Birthday and Yahya Al-Allaq’s War Canister.

One of the short films that will screen on April 16, 2014 is Sasha's Li's The 40th Day, a 5-minute short film that is based on my published short story 'Vivian and her Son' (you can read the original short story for free at this link).

The screenplay was adapted by Scott Eriksson , Managing Director for and produced by Eric Chenjie Pan.

All films will be screened at the Little Roxie Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco and you get more info + buy tickets at

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The 40th Day: Film Based on Short Story by Dr. Ramzi Salti

The 40th Day:  Short film based on short story by R. Salti

'The 40th Day' is a short film (5 min) that is loosely based on one of my short stories titled titled 'Vivian and Her Son' which was originally published in my book The Native Informant and Other Stories.

The film/story is about a Middle Eastern mother who is forced to deal with the death of her son by coming to terms with their relationship and by reflecting on the things she might have done differently.

I applaud the director/producers/writers etc for their ability to broach so many social issues that often remain undiscussed in many Arab-American and/or Middle Eastern communities, even in the diaspora. Also kudos to the actors--especially main actress Nina Nayebi for her amazing portrayal of the mother in the film.
  • For more info about the film (IMDB) click HERE
  • To read 'Vivian and Her Son' (by Ramzi Salti) upon which this film was based, click HERE
  • For film screenings and more see or click HERE.

Here are some screenshots from the film followed by the full credits:

Nina Nayebi in 'The 40th Day'

Screenshot from 'The 40th Day' courtesy of Eric Chenjie Pan

Screenshot from 'The 40th Day' courtesy of Eric Chenjie Pan

The 40th Day: Film Credits

Writing credits(in alphabetical order)
Scott Eriksson writer
Ramzi Salti story

 Hassan Mahmoud ... Edris
 Nina Nayebi ... Samira
 Andrew Chen ... Mike
 Moe Alafrangy ... Omar
 Fariba Skobin ... Sahara

Lida Ranjbaran ... Mira
Hilary Montez ... Funeral Guest
Cristina Antuna ... Funeral Guest

Michael 'Pugita' Kobayashi .... stunt coordinator

Monday, January 24, 2011

Short Story by Ramzi Salti: "Vivian Her Son" Free on Facebook

Click here to go to The Native Informant and Other Stories Facebook Page.

If you are on Facebook you can now read check out Ramzi' Salti's published collection of short stories The Native Informant & Other Stories and to read the first short story "Vivian and Her Son" for free.

Click here to go to The Native Informant and Other Stories Facebook Page.

"The Native Informant & Other Stories" is a collection of six short stories dealing with "unmentionable" aspects of Arab life in parts of the Arab world and in the West. Inspired by such modern writers as Alifa Rifaat, Nawal al-Sa'dawi, and Youssef Idris--authors who have, despite immeasurable odds, managed to emphasize subjects ranging from feminism to homosexuality in their works--these short stories attempt to further engage various social and political issues that remain, for the most part, largely ignored or silenced in modern Arabic literature.

Most of the stories in "The Native Informant & Other Stories operate on a dual level by addressing not only issues related to women, homosexuals, and victims of violence in southwest Asia, but also by examining the seemingly conflicting relationship between notions of Arabness, Islam, and the West. The collection thus aims at highlighting the plight of the marginalized groups in Arab countries by broaching various issues on the social spectrum, ranging from religious intolerance, to the subjugation of women, to homophobia, to domestic violence, to Western and Eastern concepts of terrorism and neo/post coloniality, to the ethnic experience of being an Arab in the United States at a time when the media seems to be promulgating the negative stereotype of the Arab.

The author has published numerous essays and articles in such journals as "The International Fiction Review," "The Journal of Arabic Literature" and "Notes on Contemporary Literature;" he has also been a regular reviewer of Arabic literature for "World Literature Today" since the early nineties. His Doctoral thesis, which surveys the (mis)representations of marginalized sexualities in Arabic Literature, has also been partially published in several journals.

Click here to go to The Native Informant and Other Stories Facebook Page.

Ramzi Salti's Talk: Healing through Lebanese Music (EPIC Fellows, Stanford Global Studies, September 2020)

Watch full talk at This audio-visual talk by Stanford Lecturer + Arabology program host Dr. Ramzi Salti was pre...