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I Can't Think Straight

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Shamim Sarif
Produced by Hanan Kattan
Written by Shamim Sarif
Kelly Moss
Starring Lisa Ray
Sheetal Sheth
Music by Raiomond Mirza
Cinematography Aseem Bajaj
Editing by David Martin
Distributed by Enlightenment Productions
Regent Releasing
Release date(s) November 2007
Running time 80 min.
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

I Can't Think Straight is a 2007 romance movie about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian origin, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla. The movie is distributed by Regent Releasing and was set to be released in limited theatres in November 2008[1]. The DVD was released on 4 May 2009.[2] The movie is directed by Shamim Sarif and stars Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth.

The two actresses star in another movie with lesbian characters, namely The World Unseen, released in 2007.

Tagline:You can only find true love when you're true to yourself.



In the upper echelons of traditional Middle Eastern society, Reema and Omar prepare for the marriage of their daughter Tala. But back at work in London, Tala encounters Leyla, a young British Indian woman who is dating Tala's best friend Ali. Tala sees something unique in the artless, clumsy, sensitive Leyla who secretly works to become a writer. And Tala's forthright challenges to Leyla's beliefs begins a journey of self-awareness for Leyla. As the women fall in love, Tala's own sense of duty and cultural restraint cause her to pull away from Leyla and fly back to Jordan where the preparations for an ostentatious wedding are well under way. As family members descend and the wedding day approaches, the pressure mounts until Tala finally cracks and extricates herself. Back in London, Leyla is heartbroken but learns to break free of her own self-doubt and her mother's expectations, ditching Ali and being honest with her parents about her sexuality. When Ali and Leyla's feisty sister Yasmin help throw Tala and Leyla together again, Tala finds that her own preconceptions of what love can be is the final hurdle she must jump to win Leyla back.


Festivals in 2009

  • Tel Aviv International LGBT Film - 23-27 June 2009
  • Pink Apple in Zurich - 29 April - 6 May 2009
  • Perth - 17-19 April 2009
  • Grenoble Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (France) - 14-21 April 2009
  • Brisbane Queer Film Festival - 3-9 April 2009
  • London Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - 27 March 2009
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival - 18-29 March 2009
  • St. Louis GLBTQ Film Festival - 15-18 March 2009
  • Fusion, Los Angeles - 7 March 2009 @ Egyptian Theatre
  • Cape Town Pride film festival - Closing film, 22 February 2009
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival, Sydney - 13 February-5 March 2009
  • Out! For Reel, Northampton - 6 February 2009
  • Brussels Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Opening film, 15 January 2009
  • International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Of Canary Islands - 10-18 January 2009
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival - 6-19 January 2009
  • Florence Queer Festival - 27 November - 3 December 2009

International releases

  • UK Theatrical - 3 April 2009
  • Germany, Austria, Switzerland & Lichtenstein - 26 March 2009
  • India - 30 January 2009
  • USA & Canada: 21 November 2008

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