Sabab Al Din
BY TAHMID KHAN
A Hillcrest High School senior pursing a medical career has taken a step forward in a more creative direction. Currently a student in the high school’s Pre-Med Institute, Sabab Al Din’s passion for filmmaking took to the forefront as he completed his very first movie, “Green Space.”
“I have been making movies since I was young,” Al Din said.
Al Din, who moved to the United States in 2014 after growing up in Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, used his Islamic background to create a film about a Muslim immigrant played by Mufrat Karim who wants to help his father, who becomes a target of the FBI and deported after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. In addition to the boy’s father facing deportation, the boy’s grandfather is battling cancer.
Although Al Din had a vision of how he wanted the story to play out, he was discouraged by the lack of materials and experience he had to actually create the film.
It wasn’t until Al Din met the school’s theatre teacher, Mark Schulte, that he was able to bring his vision to the screen.
Schulte said Al Din stood out to him because “very few people are motivated to do this work and he is so smart and enthusiastic.”
Given that Al Din was in the school’s Pre-Med Institute, he wasn’t familiar with any students in the Theatre Institute who would be interested in being in the film. Schulte not only introduced Al Din to the actors, but he also gave Al Din access to the school’s photography equipment.
The film was finished in November 2016 and was shown in the Hillcrest High School auditorium, where more than 150 people attended and provided positive feedback.
Schulte believes that Al Din’s film helps in the fight against Islamophobia.