STARRING MAZ JOBRANI
Dina is a NY based actor enrolled at NYU’s graduate acting program. She has worked on a number of theatrical productions, and as a dancer (hip hop, street jazz and contemporary). David is her first feature.
Q. How did you get involved in David?
A. I was performing in a play with Gamze Ceylan (my mother in the film) and she came up to me one day and said that this new film she had been cast in was looking for someone to play her daughter. She then put me in touch with Joel and Julian, I auditioned and the rest is history!
Q. What was main thing you brought to your character, and took away from playing your character?
A. I was born and grew up in the Middle East so I brought first hand experience in that culture to my character. What I got out of it was more appreciation for the freedom I have been given by my parents and how lucky I am as an Arab girl to not only be able to be living in America but to be pursuing my dream as an artist, which is for the most part unheard of where I come from.
Q. What was your favorite moment during production?
A. Hanging out with Muatassem who played Daud. I absolutely adore him and think of him as a brother.
Q. What was the most difficult thing about your involvement in the film?
A. The most difficult part of the film was wishing there could have been more time to work on everything! It was a wonderful learning experience.
Q. How do you connect with the stories in the film?
A. I felt that I could really relate to Aisha’s struggle in proving that Stanford was the right and only choice for her. I had to really prove that I was committed to life as an Actor in order for my parents to really take my passion seriously.
Q. Any other comments you would like to make?
A. As an Arab actor living in America, I am so excited about the many projects dedicated to voicing our culture and stories. I look forward to being a part of more stories and hopefully one day sharing some of my own.