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My Josephine (2003)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 16 April 2003 (USA)
Aadid tells us his life in seven minutes. He's an Arabic-speaking young man working the night shift at a laundromat and dry cleaners somewhere in the United States. In the aftermath of 9/11... See full summary »

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Barry Jenkins

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Barry Jenkins
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The life story of acclaimed American choreographer Alvin Ailey.

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Cast overview:
Basel Hamdan ... Aadid
Saba Shariat ... Adela
Marc Levi Marc Levi ... Customer
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Aadid tells us his life in seven minutes. He's an Arabic-speaking young man working the night shift at a laundromat and dry cleaners somewhere in the United States. In the aftermath of 9/11, they wash U.S. flags for free. He says they get six or seven per day. He tells us about Napoleon's two wives: Marie Louise for an heir, Josephine for love. Aadid likes Adela, his co-worker. She's his Josephine. We watch Aadid and Adela hand wash the flags and put them in dryers. They fold them. They dance. They stand side by side outside the door of the laundromat looking at the dawn. Will this companionship become something more? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

Arabic

Release Date:

16 April 2003 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tallahassee, Florida, USA

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Barry Jenkins wrote this commentary for My Josephine (2003) on his Vimeo account: "My first short film, photography by James Laxton, as always. Still my favorite. Written shortly after 9/11, wasn't actually made for another year because of the way things shook out in school. Inspired by three things: the marquee of a Tallahassee laundromat shortly after 9/11 reading "American Flags Cleaned Free," an image in my head of two people sitting atop folding tables, and my housemate at the time being obsessed with Napoleon. We were very young men when we made this film." See more »

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Aadid: [voice over] Something that never touches the ground shouldn't be dirty...
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16 February 2004 | by leylakaderSee all my reviews

This movie is...WOW! Barry Jenkins is pure GENIUS. Incredible sense of tone and story. I look forward to witnessing his undoubted cinematic future.


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