Bilal’s Stand – Sultan Sharrief
Bilal’s Stand, a feature film written and directed by local filmmaker Sultan
Sharrief, has been accepted to the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT category. It
tells the story of Bilal, a Detroit high school student and his struggle to pursue his
dream of higher education.
Detroit Student Film
The film was made as part of the Student EFEX Project (“Encouraging the
Filmmaking Experience”), a partnership between local artists, students from the
University of Michigan, and metro Detroit high school students. The EFEX project
and Bilal’s Stand grew from a class in “Community Filmmaking” created by
Sharrief and Terri Sarris, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.
Bilal’s Stand, shot in and around Detroit on a shoestring budget, embodies the
spirit of turning less into more. With the help of hundreds of community
volunteers and talented young students, and the support of local businesses and
the University, the film was made in the spirit of “The Little Engine That Could.”
Five years in the making, the film’s selection to NEXT is the culmination of an
And it’s not too late to be a part of it
In order to meet Sundance screening requirements and to cover other necessary
expenses, the Bilal’s Stand crew is currently fundraising. Donations will help us
in the last phase of this journey.
To learn more about the film or to support this great project go to: