Americanistan is the debut short film from Artist, Designer, and Director, Ali Godil. This is a true story about his parents getting an arranged marriage, moving to the US and going on their first date. With this film he wanted to increase the aperture of what it means to be "American". Juxtaposing the American dream from abroad versus the American reality while living here. When faced with such great sacrifice and courage as moving to another country and giving your life to a stranger, what do you choose to hold onto or give up?
It follows a rich girl from Pakistan must adjust to lower class American life after getting an arranged marriage. After leaving her family, Iman sacrifices everything by coming to America.
Brooklyn Film Festival
Oregon Short Film Festival (Best Director)
Tasveer Film Festival
Cine/Seen Film Festival
Jamyat Film Festival
She is forced to confront new expectations from her husband, Salim, and struggle with the roles and dynamics of what life is really like in the land of opportunity versus the fantasy in her head.Shot on location in Portland, Oregon.
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