Documentary | 75 min | Postproduction
An Arab woman confronts an emotional crossroads as she finds herself choosing between living in repression as is expected, and living the freedom she wants.
Samaher Alqadi was born and raised in Jalazon refugee camp in Ramallah. Her films focus on the evolving status of women and dissident artists in the Middle East. She directed and produced Mohammed Bakri (2008), an Al Jazeera documentary about the controversial Palestinian actor and director. Gamalaat (2009) is a short portrait of Gamalaat Shiha, the legendary Chaabi singer and symbol of matriarchal Egypt, and Raja3’een (2012) is a snapshot of Syrian refugees in France. She is currently working on As I Want, a feature-length documentary centred around what it means to be a woman in the Middle East, and what women are doing to combat the diminishing status of women’s rights in Egypt.
Karim El Hakim is a multi-award winning director and cinematographer whose work has focused sharply on social- issue content emanating from the Middle East. His feature-length doc, 1⁄2 Revolution (2012), was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered many international awards. El Hakim is a managing partner of Cairo-based Prophecy Films.