Filmmaker Yusuf Al Rahman was born in Queens New York in December 1979. The first decade of his life was spent in the multi cultured neighborhood of Jackson Heights, once a hot spot for families to move and raise children, was his introduction to diverse cultures. In 1990 at the age of 10 he went to Senegal West Africa to attend secondary school. Yusuf spent four years in rural Senegal mastering the local dominant Wolof dialect.
Yusuf has worked on several upstate plays, short films, written three feature length screenplays, five short films, and is currently working on six short film projects as a fight choreographer, actor, writer, crew member, and/or director at Sacred Heart University’s Stamford Connecticut based film program preparing for their upcoming spring film festival. He volunteers to film local talent in furtherance of his technical craftsmanship as a story teller.
In 1994, Yusuf came back to the United States to enroll at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Institute for the Arts & Technology in Long Island City New York focusing on performing arts in their options drama program taught by known actress Amy Rosenfeld. He earned a Masters in film from Sacred Heart University’s (FTMA) Film & Television Master of Arts program class of 2014. Storytelling has always been his passion as he intends to produce a series of feature films highlighting the many rich stories of the people from the Diaspora involving the struggles, hopes, pains, women’s issues, genital mutilations, and love that the world is waiting to see. One of his passions is to fill the shoes of the late noted filmmaker Muhammad Akkad (The Message, Lion of the Desert, Halloween) creating content for the Muslim community.
Unique traits: Spent years in West Africa but have a Caribbean background that allows me to code switch. I also can imitate many people and handle comedy pretty well.
Film (short) by Nicole Santolo (Comedy) Actor A wheelchair-bound teenager with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy faces life's trials and tribulations alongside his hot single mom, his melodramatic older sister, and his eccentric new aide.
Film by Hasan Muhammad (Drama and Family) Director, Editor, Actor, Writer, Producer Brother Yusuf is a successful Muslim financial advisor that doesn't compromise with things that will lower his respect. His beloved wife, Anisa, is the strong, loving, and caring middle school teacher that's the backbone of the family. Their strong relationship has become a good example for their teenage daughter Kalida. Yusuf loses his job, due to downsizing, close to the time of his daughter's preparation for college. His family is very supportive despite not finding a job after countless interviews. Time passes as he has not found work and is starting to lose faith that he will find a suitable job. Despite the loving effort & support from his good wife Anisa, he finds himself caught between two worlds, stuck at a crossroad allowing temptation to creep in and cause mischief. In a few short months, the pressure of life, changes his ability to fight temptation, and he keeps the company of a very unsavory Muslim in Dawood who aids in lowering his morality. Anisa confronts him about his...
Film (short) by Yusuf Al-Rahman (Drama) Director, Editor, Writer, Producer An undercover cop breaks his cover to save the life of a fellow officer held captive by the thugs he's investigating.
Film (short) by Yusuf Al-Rahman (Horror) Director, Editor An man copes with the sudden loss of his family as he is haunted by sounds and hallucinations in the company of the cat his family left to comfort him.
Father Must Die
Film (short) by Yusuf Al-Rahman (Drama) Director, Editor A Middle Eastern North African man is on a desperate quest to find the father that abandoned his family years ago.
Film (short) by Julie Robinson (Drama) Actor
Accolades Global International Film Festival Award of Merit
African Academy Award Nominee ZAFAA
Sacred Heart University