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Extras, The
Extras, The

Feature Film

Nabil al- Maleh


100 minutes

Arabic with English subtitles
    Official Selection: Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

"An often funny and ultimately devastating viewing experience propelled by two standout performances." —Lisa Nesselson, Variety

"The Extras is the fourth and finest feature from the inaugurator of Syrian auteur cinema, Nabil Maleh. A multiple festival award winner, The Extras is the engaging story of a poor young couple's courtship. For eight months, Salem, an aspiring actor/gas station attendant has been courting Nada, a young widow - yet they can only see each other in public under the watchful eyes of her overly protective brothers.

A number of comic situations arise as Salem convinces a friend to lend his apartment for two hours so he can finally meet Nada in private. However, once alone, the understandably paranoid lovers are awkward and helpless, having so internalized societal scrutiny, their exchange is fraught with anxiety and shame.

Initially banned in Syria, The Extras is a profound and entertaining film examining how the lack of privacy affects young people." —Cinematheque Ontario

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

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