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SpeakOut presents "The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night"

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Join us this holiday season for a special virtual event - the screening of the buoyant and big-hearted comedy short, The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night followed by a lively Q&A with cast and filmmakers.



Produced in conjunction with SpeakOut Films. Starting November 18, available on-demand.


The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night had its world premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and since then, has screened at dozens of festivals worldwide.


Now for the first time, you have the opportunity to see the acclaimed short film that festival-goers and critics have been raving about.


"The 16 Best New Christmas Movies of 2021" - Harper’s Bazaar


"This 11-Minute-Long Queer, Muslim Rom-Com Is the Best Thing I've Seen All Day" - Vogue


"All the LGBTQ+ Holiday Movies We're Looking Forward to This Year" - OUT Magazine


Plus, stay tuned after the screening - you’ll get to meet some of the talented people behind The Syed Family Xmas Eve Game Night in a lively post-screening discussion:


•Kausar Mohammed (Writer/“Noor”) - Queer, Pakistani-Muslim writer, actress, and comedian (THE FLASH, JURASSIC WORLD: CAMP CRETACEOUS)

•Vico Ortiz (“Luz”) - Latine non-binary artivist (OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH, VIDA)

•D’Lo (“David”) - Queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor, writer, comic (BROS, SENSE8)

•Amalia Mesa - Host, Producer, and SpeakOut Managing Director


Join us for this exciting program that explores queer and Muslim representation in cinema, how a new generation of BIPOC creatives are challenging the Hollywood status quo, and what’s coming up for these talented, emerging stars.


Starting November 18, available on-demand. For two weeks only, 11/18-12/4. Tickets just $12. Email programs@speakoutnow.org for group rates. 


NOTE: Please stay after the virtual screening for a Q&A with cast and filmmakers. It will pop up in the browser immediately following.

All cards are on the table when a queer Pakistani Muslim woman brings her Puerto Rican partner home for the first time on the family's annual game night.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    11 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Premiere
    Toronto International Film Festival 2021
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Fawzia Mirza
  • Screenwriter
    Kausar Mohammed
  • Producer
    Amalia Mesa-Gustin
  • Co-Producer
    SpeakOut Films
  • Cast
    Kausar Mohammed, Vico Ortiz, Pia Shah, Meera Rohit Kumbhani, D'Lo Srijaerajah
  • Cinematographer
    Patrick Ouziel
  • Editor
    Shelley Therrien
  • Production Design
    Ger del Carmen