“Swimsuit” is set in New York and tells the story of a young Arab Muslim teenager struggling with blending her traditional values with her contemporary life. She wants to wear a swimsuit in the upcoming school swimming competition, something that challenges what is acceptable for her mother who wants her to wear a Burkini. On the day of the meet, Samah decides to rebel against her traditional mother and wear the swimsuit. However, when the mom finds out about Samah’s decision, she is left to decide whether to confront or accept her daughter.
Hasan Hadi is an Iraqi writer/director and MFA candidate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Hasan’s work draws upon the issues of culture, racism and equality, seen through his unique experience. Hasan is a recipient of Marcie Bloom the Sloan Foundation Production Award and Black Family Prize. Hasan is also an adjunct faculty at NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program. Prior to filmmaking, Hasan worked as a researcher for The Wall Street Journal.