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Apple have released the debut trailer for Minhal Baig’s coming of age drama ‘Hala‘ – available to stream on December 6th through Apple TV+.

The company gave a brief description of the feature film  follows:

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani American teenager Hala (Geraldine Viswanathan) struggles to balance desire with her familial, cultural and religious obligations. As she comes into her own, she grapples with a secret that threatens to unravel her family.

The project has been on quite the journey since its early life as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015. Originally a 14 minute short film, ‘Hala’ was the result of fun, fearless, DIY filmmaking.

Minhal Baig sat down with Nylon in 2016 to talk about the once-short film’s semi-autobiographical tone:


TIFF Talks have published a short Q&A with ‘Hala’ director Minhal Baig along with lead actress and TIFF ’19 Rising Star Geraldine Viswanathan following this evenings screening of the Apple TV+ exclusive at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Hala,’ a feature film and official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing.

The feature film was acquired by Apple earlier this year during its run at the Sundance Film Festival and will debut shortly after Apple TV+ launches on November 1st.