El Houb directed by Shariff Nasr release date
El Houb directed by Shariff Nasr

Writer-director Shariff Nasr’s intimate exploration of a man who comes out to his family, El Houb will follow up its festival run with a national release this Spring. El Houb will open in theaters on March 31 and be available on DVD and Digital on April 4 from Dark Star Pictures and Uncork’d Entertainment.

El Houb is inspired by main actor Fahd Larhzaoui’s personal experiences with coming out to his family. El Houb (meaning ‘the love’) focuses on the silent culture the director has observed in Arabic families – not only about homosexuality but cultural taboos in general.

Moroccan-Dutch Karim (Fahd Larhzaoui) tells his parents (Lubna Azabal and Slimane Dazi) that he is attracted to men. After years of keeping up appearances, the word is finally out. The difficult days that follow evoke beautiful and poignant memories. He realizes that he has to confront his family to finally break the silence. But in order to be accepted, he must come to terms with his own feelings first.

Watch a trailer for El Houb.

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