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A Single Woman…Messes Up

March 21st, 2014

Hanan has headed off to Austin for 6 days. Why would she do such a thing, I hear you cry? Well, it’s either a line dancing course or a ‘4 Day MBA’. I’ll let you decide which is most likely. Finally, someone has been thoughtful enough to make a one year business course exactly the […]

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‘I Can’t Think Straight’ Wins Second Place

February 4th, 2014

Thank you to all of you who voted for I Can’t Think Straight as AfterEllen’s Best Lesbian/Bi movie. Out of a hundred titles and more, we made it to number 2 (after ‘Imagine Me & You’, a great movie too). The World Unseen came in 17th, a good showing, but it tells me that a lot more people need to […]

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Some Enchanted Evening

January 12th, 2013

Today is our eldest son Ethan’s 14th birthday. It’s an enchanting age. If you find listening to dubstep remixes on the way to school and eating spaghetti by sucking up one strand at a time enchanting, that is. It is also somewhat bizarre to tell off someone who is quite a bit taller than you […]

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Happy Holidays? Oh Yeah.

December 22nd, 2012

If you ever wondered how Hanan would look in an elf hat playing guitar, your journey ends here. This is a fun ecard we got from a couple of fans in the UK. A big thank you to them (not sure if I can name them!) for making us all laugh in the Sarif-Kattan household!

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Peace Is The Only Way

November 18th, 2012

I am very proud of my brilliant wife Hanan (and her TEDxHolyLand partner, Liat Aaronson) as the exceptional ideas they created around that conference, bringing Palestinian and Israeli women together. This article on their vision for the Middle East is a timely reminder. If you haven’t yet seen our recent feature ‘The House of Tomorrow‘, […]

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Sheetal For President

November 6th, 2012

Well, sort of. Sheetal for President Obama…check out this PSA that Sheetal (Amina in The World Unseen and Leyla in I Can’t Think Straight) just taped about women and politics. Very proud of her work – enjoy!

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Movies, Marriage & Mayhem EP 13 – Paris Diaries

October 22nd, 2012

C’est magnifique! I was privileged to have my birthday in Paris this year. We came. We saw. We ate. And we made a vlog. Enjoy!

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Kings For a Day

October 13th, 2012

Not long ago it was back to school for the boys, and back to work for us – making a video for their school (still in progress). In the meantime, here’s how it felt to be back at school…movies, marriage and plenty of mayhem, bien sur..

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New Book Trailer… Fall In Love Again? Or Fall Asleep?!

October 8th, 2012

Well, we put together this ‘book trailer’ for Despite the Falling Snow, the novel I wrote and published right after The World Unseen. If you are wondering what it’s about, I hope a minute or two of images and music works somewhat better than me droning on with a 5 minute synopsis. ‘Despite’ will be […]

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The Movie Soundtrack That Comes With a Refund

September 17th, 2012

It was a proud moment for us when we opened up the first soundtrack CD of our latest movie The House of Tomorrow. Obviously we have a digital version on iTunes and on our own Enlightenment Productions site, but I still remember my first LP record (‘Grease’ since you ask) so a CD felt not […]

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