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Sweet Refuge

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A passionate Syrian baker spends his first Eid in the U.S. attempting to sell the sweet he’s spent his lifetime perfecting: walnut baklava. As he roams the streets of Brooklyn, he bumps into a savvy Indian ladoo maker, who’s figured out how to appeal to one of New York’s health-conscious Brooklynites.

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Maryam Mir


Maryam Mir is a writer/director currently pursuing her MFA in Film Production at NYU Tisch, where she is an Ang Lee Scholar. As a Kashmiri-Canadian born in Germany, raised in Bahrain, with Kenyan ancestry, Maryam has always found inspiration in stories that center the immigrant experience in all its joy, delight and magic. She is a UCP Thousand Miles Project Workshop Participant ’22, a NYFA Canadian Women Artists’ Awardee ’22 and a Gotham Marcie Bloom Fellow ’23. Her latest short film, Sweet Refuge, starring Laith Nakli and Mahira Kakkar, was recently awarded a Jury Award at the Director’s Guild of America Student Film Awards and a distribution grant from the Islamic Scholarship Fund.

  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 12 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Director: Maryam Mir
  • Cinematographer: Chheangkea Ieng
  • Composer: Isa Najem
  • Editor: Maryam Mir
  • Executive Producer: Laith Nakli, Aelita Parker
  • Producer: Sara Balghonaim, Aya Hamdan
  • Production Design: Rhea D’Souza
  • Screenwriter: Maryam Mir
  • Sound Design: Lee Salevan
  • Premiere: East Coast

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