ARRAY’s new release of Heidi Saman’s 2016 film Namour kicks off ImageNation’s 2017 Women’s History Month celebrations of female filmmakers. The independent film distribution platform ARRAY, begun by filmmaker Ava DuVernay in 2010 as AFFRM (the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) as a method of releasing select African diaspora made films has, since 2015, morphed into its present incarnation of releasing international films by both people of color and women.

Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman’s (above, left) Namour is a film about why life can feel like it’s passing us by. Chronicling the unraveling of Steven Bassem (Kalim Saleh), a valet driver for a trendy Los Angeles restaurant caught between his dead-end job and the demands of his Arab-American immigrant family. Namour made its world premiere at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival where Egyptian-American filmmaker Heidi Saman garnered the festival’s LA Muse Award.

directed by Heidi Saman, 80 min., USA

Starts Monday, March 6 thru Thursday March 9, 2017
Showtimes 4:30pm and 7pm.
There is no 7pm show on Tuesday.
Meet director Heidi Saman, Monday, March 6th at the 7pm screening


at ImageNation’s RAW SPACE
2031 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
(7th Ave btw. 121st & 122nd Sts)
New York, NY 10027












If you’re unfamiliar, ImageNation Cinema Foundation is a Harlem-based media arts group that since the 1990’s helped to set the tone for Black film exhibition in New York City, and continues to do so with their space ImageNation RAW SPACE. ImageNation remains dedicated to progressive media by and about people of color and through a variety of exhibitions and programs,  and edifies its audience by highlighting the humanity of Pan-African people worldwide.   ImageNation’s Women’s History Month continues with their “Diaspora Daughters Represent” slate of short films, part of their ongoing “Cocktails & Cinema” series.  See more about them at


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Curtis Caesar John is the Film Editor for Bold As Love Magazine. He also covers film and culture for Limité Magazine as well as for Shadow And Act, for which he created the regular feature ‘This Week in Black Television.’ He is born, raised and resides in Brooklyn, NY, of course. Follow him on Twitter at @MediaManCurt.

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