Sam Abbas

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Sam Abbas
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Abbas at The Wedding premiere in NYC
Born (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 26)
NationalityEgyptian, American
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, actor, producer

Sam Abbas (Arabic: سام عباس; born 11 November 1993) is an Egyptian film director, screenwriter, and producer.[1] Abbas is noted for his poetic style and beautiful framing. He is best known for his first feature film, The Wedding.[2]


Abbas’ Alia’s Birth, second feature, received much attention following the announcement of a female-driven short film contest in which the winner gets to have their film included within the narrative. The film stars Nikohl Boosheri, Poorna Jagannathan, Samuel H. Levine and Maya Kazan. [3][4][5]

In 2018, Abbas executive produced Lavender by Matthew Puccini which world Premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival followed by 2019 SXSW. The film was immediately picked up by Fox Searchlight making it one of the first films bought at Sundance that year. [6]

Abbas launched the first-ever Arab-based film production company, ArabQ, focusing on movies with LGBTQ themes, during the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.[1] ArabQ launched with Abbas' feature film debut, The Wedding, which he wrote, directed and starred in alongside Nikohl Boosheri.[7][8][9][10] Abbas placed the company in Egypt to encourage more queer cinema with Middle East ties.[11]

The Hollywood Reporter exclusively released Abbas's trailer for The Wedding, announcing that November 2018, the film will be released theatrically and secretly throughout the Middle East.[12] Immediately following, the film was called, "The Queer Movie That Could Make Waves In The Middle East" and "A film that will make a fuss in theaters"[13][14]

Prior to his first feature, Abbas's short film Time to Come was labeled as "a really powerful project," by LogoTV.[15][16]



Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor Role
2016 Time to Come Yes Yes Yes Yes
2018 I want more, I want less Yes Premiered at Tacoma Film Festival[17]
2018 Lavender Yes Executive Producer - Premiered at Sundance Film Festival[18][19]
2018 The Wedding Yes Yes Yes Yes
2020 Alia's Birth Yes Yes Yes


  1. ^ a b "Berlin: Egyptian Filmmaker Launches LGBTQ-Focused Production Company". 2018-02-23. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  2. ^ "'The Wedding' Trailer: The Egyptian Queer Film Getting Secret Screenings in the Middle East". IndieWire. 2018-08-24.
  3. ^ "Egyptian Director Sam Abbas Launches Contest for Female Filmmakers (Exclusive)". 2020-01-26. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  4. ^ "'The Night Of,' 'The Bold Type' Stars to Lead LGBTQ Drama 'Alia's Birth' (Exclusive)". 2020-01-26. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  5. ^ "'Actors Samuel H. Levine (Bull, Red Oaks), Maya Kazan (The Unicorn, Boardwalk Empire), and Edward Akrout (Turn, Gypsy) have been added to the cast of Sam Abbas' indie drama, Alia's Birth". 2020-01-26. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  6. ^ "Sundance: Fox Searchlight Picks Up Short Film 'Lavender'". 2020-01-26. Retrieved 2020-01-26.
  7. ^ "Nikohl Boosheri, Sam Abbas Star In 'The Wedding'". 2017-08-25. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  8. ^ "Sam Abbas Star In 'The Wedding'". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  9. ^ "Deep Inside Hollywood". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  10. ^ "Vancouver-raised actor Nikohl Boosheri will star in The Wedding with Sam Abbas". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  11. ^ "Egyptian Filmmaker Sam Abbas". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  12. ^ "The Wedding Trailer: Closeted Muslim Man Prepares for Straight Wedding (Exclusive)". 2018-08-23.
  13. ^ "'Catch A Sneak Peek At The Queer Movie That Could Make Waves In The Middle East". 2018-08-23.
  14. ^ ""الزفاف": قصة شاب يعيش صراعاً داخلياً للتوفيق بين مثليته ودينه وزفافه". Raseef22. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "Gay Muslim Torn Between Love And Family In Sam Abbas' "Time To Come"". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  16. ^ "The GLAAD Wrap: Tribeca line up annouced (sic); Jonathan Groff books lead role in Netflix show; and more!". Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  17. ^ "'I want more, I want less interview'". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  18. ^ "'Lavender'". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  19. ^ "'Lavender' - LGBT Short Film". Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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