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A multi-narrative journey that weaves between three families in present-day Bradford, where three worlds collide and leave a Muslim scholar fighting for his life. Now they must face the storm before the calm – and they call it ‘Islamophobia’

  • Conor Ibrahiem
  • Conor Ibrahiem
  • Conor Ibrahiem
  • Aqib Khan
    Key Cast
    West is West
  • Afsaneh Dehrouyeh
    Key Cast
  • Matthew Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 31 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    27,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Urdu
  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic Cinema Camera 2.5k
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Miami Independent Film Festival
    Miami USA
    October 25, 2015
    Official Selection
  • LA CineFest
    October 18, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Equality International Film Festival
    Sacramento, California
    November 8, 2015
    Official Selection
  • Accolade Global Film Competition
    San Diego, USA
    December 1, 2015
    Award of Merit
  • International Filmmaker Fesitval of World Cinema
    December 14, 2015
    UK premiere
    3 Nominations: Best Director. Best Original Screenplay. Best Original Score
  • Focus International Film Festival
    January 31, 2016
    Official Selection (Film Trailer)
  • Riverside International Film Festival
    United States
    May 9, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Swedish International Film Festival

    July 4, 2016
    Official Selection
  • South Texas International Film Festival
    Edinburg, Texas
    United States
    September 8, 2016
    Official Selection & Texas Premiere
  • Canadian Diversity Film Festival
    June 25, 2017
    Canadian Premiere
    Awarded 'Best New Filmmaker'
  • Chandler International Film Festival
    United States
    January 14, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Auckland International Film Festival
    New Zealand
    March 25, 2017
    New Zealand Premiere
    Awarded 'Best First Time Filmmaker'
  • Yosemite International Film Festival
    United States
    October 30, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Out of the Can Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    December 12, 2017
    Winner 'Best Producer - Male'
Director Biography - Conor Ibrahiem

Conor Ibrahiem began his professional life as an actor in 1999 and appeared in various productions such as 'DL & Pascoe', 'Bad Girls' and 'Eastenders' before taking up scriptwriting in his spare time. That, along with the desire to produce his own work, ultimately led to establishing Arakan Creative in 2009, an Islamic theatre company and Social Enterprise.

Arakan looks to address issues within the Muslim world to dispel misconceptions and address social ills - both with a view to sow seeds of positive change. Covered issues include mental health awareness, Hijaab and Extremism. Our latest project addresses Islamophobia, which is explored through our first feature film - 'Freesia' - and we hope this is just the first step to building a film production arm to the company.

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Director Statement

'Freesia' is my directorial debut, although it was never intended to be a feature - it was originally conceived as 3 short films. Of course the creative mind never rests and the idea to turn it into what it has now become meant pulling out all the stops on a modest production budget of £27,000. What we ended up with is the first UK film to address Islamophobia and stars Aqib Khan from the British Asian film 'West is West' and Afsaneh Deyrouyeh of US TV show 'Tyrant'. It was shot around West Yorkshire in 2014 over a 13-day period and we hope to develop a trilogy around similar issues in the future.