Apple have released the debut trailer for Minhal Baig’s coming of age drama ‘Hala‘ – available to stream on December 6th through Apple TV+.
The company gave a brief description of the feature film follows:
Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) struggles to balance desire with her familial, cultural and religious obligations. As she comes into her own, she grapples with a secret that threatens to unravel her family.
The project has been on quite the journey since its early life as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Originally a 14 minute short film, ‘Hala’ was the result of fun, fearless, DIY filmmaking.
Minhal Baig sat down with Nylon in 2016 to talk about the once-short film’s semi-autobiographical tone:
“The film grew out of a desire to express the sexual anxieties of my personal adolescence,” she said. “My parents immigrated to the United States from Pakistan over 30 years ago and, for as long as I remember, were struggling to reconcile how ‘American’ they wanted to be. The topic of sex was expressly forbidden in our household, which created a real and serious anxiety when I began high school. I grew up feeling like I had to have a double identity—the quieter, socially conservative version of myself that my parents approved of, and the ‘real’ me that could only exist when my family wasn’t around. I slipped in and out of these two identities quite easily, until my family found out about a relationship I’d hid from them. The collision of these two disparate identities, the anxiety of never quite feeling understood, and the feeling that I was neither ‘Muslim’ or ‘American’ enough inspired the story of Hala.”
Now a full-length feature – ‘Hala’ wowed audiences with its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival where Apple acquired the Jada Pinkett Smith executive produced drama starring Toronto International Film Festival 19′ Rising Star Geraldine Viswanathan.
Apple will be hopeful that ‘Hala’ can attract votes in the lead up to awards season with campaigning beginning this past weekend.
The Apple Original drama has been rated R due to its adult themes. You can watch the original short above which is suitable for mature audiences.