Interview with Screenwriter Rita Martinos (ON THE VERGE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Rita Martinos: A 26-year old Lebanese Muslim faces an internal cultural struggle while living in New York City, motivating her American roommate to travel to the Middle East, seeking a better understanding behind her friend’s suicidal escape.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

It’s important to be aware of the differences between cultures and how people from different parts of the world – or even different parts of a country – are brought up. Those who struggle with their own identity sometimes believe there is no way out of the world they were raised in, and at times may be, as an example, disowned by their families if they choose a different path. This mainly stems from a lack of communication: children who are afraid to speak, parents who are…

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