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New Meetup: A New Day in Old Sana'a--FILM SCREENING

From: Faiza
Sent on: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 9:19 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for "Yalla Arabi!": East Bay Arabic Language Learning!

What: A New Day in Old Sana'a--FILM SCREENING

When: Saturday, December 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Bayt Gwen Winter
1415 Allman St.
Oakland, CA 94602

We will have a special guest attending this screening who has some insight into the film and has lived/worked in Yemen for years. She is fluent in Yemeni Arabic.

Hope to see you. Please RSVP by 1pm SAT

A New Day in Old Sana'a is a 2005 romantic drama film directed by Bader Ben Hirsi, a British playwright and director of Yemeni ancestry, and produced by Ahmed Abdali.

It was shot in San‘a’, the capital of Yemen, and was the first Yemeni film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. 86 minutes. Arabic with English subtitles

In addition to Cannes, the film was screened at the Cairo International Film Festival; after its showing in Cairo, Hirsi received a prize of 100,000 pounds from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

The film is shown through the eyes of Federico, a photographer from Italy. Tariq (a friend of Federico is scheduled to marry Bilquis, the daughter of a rich judge. However, while out in the city one night, he catches sight of a women he believes to be Bilquis, and falls in love with her. The woman turns out to be a nagsh (a black plant applied like henna) artist named Ines, and Tariq ends up having to choose between the two. The film ends with a shot of a djinni, played by Hirsi himself.

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