Enlightenment Productions | Crossing Le Sahara
Enlightenment Productions is an award-winning film and TV production company based in London and founded in partnership between producer Hanan Kattan and writer and director Shamim Sarif.
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Crossing Le Sahara

Crossing Le Sahara

Clothes are good but eating is better! At Le Grand Venise in Paris

Clothes are good but eating is better! At Le Grand Venise in Paris

I finished a first draft of my new screenplay this week. My first script since Despite the Falling Snow is a smart action thriller with roles for six women, so it hadn’t been a walk in the park. Luca, our youngest, was suitably impressed. ‘Wow,’ he said. ‘You were only half way through a few weeks ago.’

Everyone in our house knew that last fact to be true because Hanan had not failed to remind me of it daily (and indeed, multiple times a day) for the past month.

In my defence, I promptly blamed my extrovert wife for our extremely packed social schedule, including (last week) a trip to Paris to see Ralph and Russo’s Haute Couture show.  Yes, I know. I only go to Paris to eat, not to dress, and nothing has changed, but genius designer Tamara Ralph and her marketing guru partner Michael Russo are our dear friends, so we had booked an overnight trip to be there for the launch of their latest collection.

‘I can skip Paris,’ I offered, taking a calculated gamble that my wife would prefer me with her than away from her. ‘I can just stay here alone and look after the boys, alone, and write. By myself.’

‘Out of the question,’ she said. ‘You’re not missing the show.’ My relief that after 19 years together I had not yet become dispensable was short-lived because Hanan had another question.

‘Why can’t you finish your script on the Eurostar?’ she asked. ‘3 hours each way.’

I reminded her that it was only two and a half hours now, and she sniffed, clearly regretting the improved efficiency of trains.

I explained that when I looked down on train journeys I felt nauseous. What I really meant was that I was planning to watch a recording of the Women’s Soccer World Cup Final on my iPad, which I did, not without amusing the entire carriage with my excitement every time a goal was scored. There were a lot of goals, and by the time it was over, I was quite sure Hanan was regretting not leaving me at home.

Once in Paris, we had planned to walk the short stroll to the fashion show from our hotel but Hanan stepped out and declared that she was not walking all that way in the heat.

‘We’re crossing Place Vendome, not the Sahara,’ I ventured helpfully, but was rewarded with a baleful look from my wife.

After my football antics and lack of heat sympathy, I should not have been surprised to find myself relegated to my writing cabin when we got home, until the script was done.

By the time you read this, we will have landed in Orlando, Florida. And I can tell you one thing. Unless it’s an air conditioned lobby, we won’t be crossing anything on foot.

Shamim Sarif
shamim@enlightenment-productions.com
4 Comments
  • Joyce Holder
    Posted at 13:06h, 23 August

    I have just subscribed to your blog outlet and having read your Blog book, I am not disappointed.
    I love the way you and Hannan are so together–reminds me of my late partner and I.
    Can’t wait for the new film to come out and if it is anywhere near as good as “Can’t Think” and “World Unseen”, you are on to another winner.
    It is so refreshing to read lesbian fiction and their subsequent films with some substance rather than the usual lightweight stuff.
    Both the aforesaid books gave me such a lot to think about.as of today, I have them in book,audio and film forms and each medium gives me pleasure in a different way.
    Thank you for the wit and news of your lives.

  • Renuka Thakuri
    Posted at 22:47h, 15 August

    Ever since I knew about your novels,I had thought about reading them one.To be true,I haven.t read them yet.Reasons might be I never saw them in bookstores I went in Nepal or I never put an extra effort to find them.After years I decided to watch the movies I CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT and THE WORLD UNSEEN only to kill time.Movie hardly fascinates me and watching it is the last thing I do if I don’t find anything to do.Now,having watched them already for a number of times ,I swear I would never regret watching them over and over again.Born in the country where discrimination on the ground of caste is still prevalent,talking about sexuality in open is not heartily well-comed.These two movies have made a special place in my heart and mind.Frankly speaking,no one would mind not thinking the straight way after the sizzling chemistry and aroma of love between gorgeous LISA and Sheetal.Enlightment productions job is more than splendid.Personally,I’m immensely awestruck by the artistry Shamim and Hanan possesses.I envy Shamims’ way of writing,how she pens little details about daily living and stirs human sentiments,at least mine.And please Hanan don’t kiss Shamim in public.Everytime I catches you kissing her on the videos on social sites,I grow more jealous 😛
    Keep on writing and giving us unforgetable movies ..Lots of chumma

  • sara adams
    Posted at 22:42h, 27 July

    It’s always a pleasure to read your articles Shamim, I have seeing 2 of your movies lately and I was curious to know more about this amazing woman. I ended up discovering a fascinating person and an extraordinary family since then I follow all your news. Really, you have a beautiful family. I wish you all the happiness in the world and Good luck for your up-coming projects

  • Shamim's Fan
    Posted at 13:31h, 25 July

    It’s always a pleasure to read your articles Shamim, I have seeing 2 of your movies lately and I was curious to know more about this amazing woman. I ended up discovering a fascinating person and an extraordinary writer since then I follow all your news. Really, you have a beautiful family. I wish you all the happiness in the world and Good luck for your up-coming projects