What holidays are important to you? The answer likely depends on your country of origin and your religion. In American Eid, a Disney Launchpad short film written and directed by Aqsa Altaf, Disney+ subscribers will see a story about a child who discovers that her favorite holiday isn’t embraced in her new country.
Celebrating her first Eid in the United States, Ameena didn’t realize that she would have to go to school on her favorite holiday. What’s worse, her sister Zainab is trying so hard to fit in at school that she’s trying to shed her Pakistani and Muslim identity to make new friends. Determined to make this holiday special, Ameena starts a petition to make Eid a public-school holiday.
The short depicts two different versions of the immigrant experience. Zainab tries to change everything about herself to fit in, even adjusting her name to “Z,” while Ameena stays true to herself and tries to teach others around her about her cultural heritage. That dynamic is part of what makes American Eid so interesting to watch.
Using a soft focus and muted colors, the cinematography of American Eid helps the viewer relate to Ameena’s loss of place. Brighter, sharper shots are reserved for happier moments, making them feel all the more joyful when they occur. While most of the cast appear to be first-time actors, the heartwarming store makes the whole piece come together.
With a happy ending and a story about a family trying to make the best out of a difficult situation, American Eid will be a meaningful experience for any viewer. Depicting a Muslim Pakistani family on their first Eid in the United States, audiences will also get a better understanding of the immigrant experience and become more empathetic.
American Eid is now streaming on Disney+, part of Disney Launchpad.
Alex joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and has been a lifelong Disney fan. His main beats for LP are Disney-branded movies, TV shows, books, music and toys. He recently became a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA).