May in the Summer

May has it all—a celebrated book, a sophisticated New York life and a terrific fiancé. But when she heads to Amman, Jordan, to plan her wedding, she lands in a bedlam of family chaos. Her Christian mother disapproves of her marrying a Muslim and threatens to boycott the wedding. Her younger sisters lean on her like children, and her estranged father suddenly comes out of the woodwork. Meanwhile, doubts about her marriage surface, and May’s carefully structured life spins out of control.

May in the Summer (2013)


Jordan, Qatar, USA


Arabic and English, with English subtitles




Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis was born in Nebraska in 1976 to a Palestinian father and Jordanian mother. She has an MFA in film from Columbia University, and was a writer with the television series The L Word from 2006 to 2008. Her first feature film, Amreeka, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. May in the Summer (2013), her most recent film, also premiered at Sundance.

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