To all Muslims around the world, Eid Al Fitr, which will likely start on Sunday, May 24, is a significant festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. While this year’s celebration might be subdued due to a continued effort to flatten the pandemic curve, the spirit of the sacred holiday is hoped to remain the same.
In the United States, streaming platform Disney+, which recently partnered with the Middle East’s OSN Network, is working on a new short film that revolves around an immigrant Pakistani-Muslim family in America.
American Eid revolves around a nine-year-old girl, Ameena, who learns that Eid isn’t a recognized national holiday in the US. With aims to change that, she circulates a petition requesting the day off to celebrate the festival with her family.
When Ameena’s older sister Zara, who’s desperately trying to fit in with American culture, finds out about the petition, the sisters have a falling out which leaves Ameena heartbroken. However, the next day at school, the teacher surprises her with a special Eid celebration in the classroom.
The production remains under development, and Walt Disney Studios have yet to confirm the short on their media platforms. According to Mashable Pakistan, a casting call has been circling twitter looking for LA-based Pakistani actors who speak both Urdu and English.
Disney is making a short film about a Pakistani family celebrating Eid. Here’s the casting info and link to apply
LA based! https://t.co/89zhJdw0Wg pic.twitter.com/5Sotf94aYf— Sarah (@SarahxAnwer) April 28, 2020
In the interests of cultural inclusivity, international streaming services have been slowly increasing their Middle Eastern content, be it through Netflix’s regional content or Hulu’s award-winning production Ramy. And Disney+ is placing another stepping stone on the path of better cultural and religious representation in the western world.
With the coronavirus ceasing most companies’ productions, it isn’t clear yet whether the short film will be available for this year’s Eid Al-Fitr. Based on the casting deadline, which set on July 1st, we can hope for the release towards the end of July to coincide with Eid Al-Adha, the second Eid in the Islamic Calendar.