Western Arabs is a historical and personal story, based on the director’s own experience, family, friends and acquaintances. We follow them and depict different situations throughout their lives – the sad, the vile, the emotional and the comical. A universal story of a family that has arisen from a simultaneously beautiful and tragic cultural encounter; as is the case in hundreds of thousands of families around Europe and the rest of the Western World.
About the Director
Director Omar Shargawi. Born 15.12.1974, Denmark. Son of a Danish mother and a Palestinian
father. Self-taught director, working previously as a still photographer.
Shargawi made his debut as director and screenwriter with the feature film "Go with Peace Jamil" (2008), awarded generously at international festivals - winning the VPRO Tiger Award inRotterdam, the Church Prize and FIPRESCI Award in Göteborg and Best Director in Transylvania.
"My Father from Haifa" (2009), about the director's father who fled with his family from Palestine as a child, took home two awards at the Dubai International Film Festival.
The feature documentary "1/2 Revolution", shot in Cairo, about the rising of the Arab spring,
competed in Sundance in the world documentaries section, won the Golden Award at Al Jazeera
4documentary festival, received a special mention at Copenhagen Pix and was nominated for a
Danish academy award.
Omar’s critically acclaimed second feature Al Medina had its Danish cinema release in May 2016.
In 2012, he received the Nordic Film Award as director of the year.