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Rom-Com Breaking Fast Offers Important Gay Muslim Visibility 

Breaking Fast

A festival favorite, director Mike Mosallam’s romantic comedy Breaking Fast follows the burgeoning love affair between a Muslim doctor and the man who begins sharing nightly meals with him during Ramadan.

“Set against the twinkling lights of West Hollywood, Breaking Fast is a romantic comedy that follows Mo, a practicing Muslim still reeling from heartbreak when an all-American guy, Kal offers to join him in his nightly Iftars, the traditional meal eaten by Muslims during Ramadan,” the film’s synopsis reads. “Meal after meal, the two start to discover they have more in common than meets the eye.”

The winner of the Best Narrative Feature prize at Los Angeles’s LGBTQ+ film festival Outfest, Breaking Fast stars Haaz Sleiman as Mo and Michael Cassidy as Kal.

Breaking Fast

Haaz Sleiman and Michael Cassidy

In an exclusive clip below, Mo’s outgoing best friend Sam (Amin El Gamal) introduces him to the handsome Kal at a birthday party in Los Angeles.

More than just a sweet romantic comedy, the film features three Muslim characters who come to terms with the intersections of their sexuality and faith in various ways. Mosallam directed a short of Breaking Fast in 2015.

The film also stars, Patrick Sabongui, Christopher J. Hanke, Rula Gardenier, Veronica Cartwright, Aline Elasmar.

From Vertical Entertainment, Breaking Fast is available on VOD and digital on Jan. 22. Watch the exclusive clip below.

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