'Ben and Ara'
Screenwriter: Joseph Baird
Genre: Drama | Romance | Art-House
Synopsis: Ben Johnson is a struggling PhD candidate in the school of philosophy. It is his seventh year and this is the semester that he must finish his dissertation or all his work will be for nothing. He tries to jolt himself into action but soon tires of the activity. He takes a break and visits a local art gallery opening where he runs into a fellow PhD candidate. Her name is Ara. She is everything he is not: a successful, focused student about to get her doctorate, and a devout Muslim (he’s fervently agnostic). She has sought some refuge that night in the art gallery as well. By happenstance (or fate) Ben catches her eye. They recognize each other instantly as they’re in the same department. From this first meeting, the winds of fate set in and what follows is an unlikely romance between two people from different worlds who grapple with differences in their core beliefs and lifestyle choices. They discover that when two cultures touch each other, the consequences can be magical and tragic.
The film explores the possibilities and the limits of inter-religious, inter-racial, and intercultural relationships in our society. They both fall deeply in love with each other, but is love enough? And even if it is, will the price be worth it?
Production: The film Ben&Ara is an independent feature film produced by Nursing Tybalt Productions and Wonder Worthy Productions. The film is currently being shown at film festivals worldwide.