A teenager in Arkansas searches for identity in the headscarf and a motorcycle in the aftermath of her father’s imprisonment on dubious terrorist-related charges.

Set in the high school of the Little Rock Nine and the Magnolia Grove Monastery, the film interweaves the civil rights history of Arab and African Americans, with inspirations from Thich Nhat Hanh and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf is a narrative feature film by Susan Youssef, the writer-director of Habibi21st Century Directing Fellow and Poynter Fellow. Marjoun is an extension of Youssef's short film which originally screened at the Sundance Film Festival. It is an official selection of Asian Project Market (Busan International Film Festival), No Borders International Co-Production Market (IFP) and Qumra (Doha Film Institute), and supported by Princess Grace Awards, Enjaaz (Dubai Film Market) and over 600 Kickstarter backers.

The film premiered at Miami Film Festival 2019 in Competition, followed by a university tour at Yale, Wesleyan, Henderson State, Harvard, Old Dominion, Johns Hopkins, and more to follow. Simultaneously the film toured with Southern Circuit and screened at Austin Film Society, Arab American National Museum, The State Theatre in Ann Arbor, and The Parkway Theatre in Baltimore