By: Dan Tanz
(USA, 2010, 90 min)
Screens: Sunday, November 13th, 2:30 pm
London, 1987: the Super8 camera of 15-year-old Mohannad Aziz has captured the idyllic summer romance between his handsome older brother Sami, and a lovely American student Flora Mur. Seventeen years later, much has changed. Mohannad has achieved prominence as a radio journalist while Sami’s photography career hasn’t quite taken off. In the aftermath of Sami’s premature death, Mohannad finds the past is closer than he thought, and that its secrets rarely remain hidden. Conflicted memories of his beloved brother vie uneasily with his still-potent attraction to Flora. Mohannad must grapple with the past, the present and his own secrets from that long-ago summer. The film was shot entirely on location in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Triumph67 is Dan Tanz’s first feature film. Tanz got the idea for the film while driving with his brother Joshua through the Driftless Area of southeastern Minnesota in the summer of 2008. Through his collaboration with two, prominent Arab film aficionados, Mohannad Ghawanmeh and Kitty Aal, Tanz set out to tell a story of a voice that has been ignored or demonized by Hollywood for decades.