May seems to have it all until she travels to Jordan to plan her wedding. There, she runs into family chaos. Her mother threatens to boycott the wedding; her younger sisters treat her like a mother; and her estranged father suddenly returns. Distinct from the well worn immigrant narratives familiar to American independent film, May in the Summer charts terrain rarely explored on screen: the emotional impact of building a life across multiple geographies- especially when the promise of return to one's homeland continues unfulfilled
In her endeavor to gain credibility, respect and power for diverse female filmmakers; Durga Entertainment celebrates May in the Summer, a sophomore feature by Palestinian-American filmmaker Cherien Dabis.
“Filmmaker Cherien Dabis’s charming ‘May in the Summer’ kicked off Sundance with two of the festival’s traditional themes: family dysfunction and cultural reassimilation. Get ready for the wedding of the year.”– The Daily Beast
“A bouyant comedic drama…Dabis is smart enough to balance broadly accessible comedy with sharply drawn, three-dimensional characters and a personal, reflective sensibility.”– LA Weekly
“(Bill Pullman plays) her absent, inadequate father – now remarried to a young Indian woman, memorably played by Ritu Singh Pande.”– SBS.com
“Disarmingly humorous, sharply observed and deeply affecting…forges new ground in American film.”– The Huffington Post
“Its storytelling alone makes May In The Summer stand out from the industry standard for this form of pre-wedding drama…one could pigeonhole it as a Jordan-set chick flick, but it’s so much better than any given category applied to it.”– Indiewire