‘Daughters of Abdulrahman’ is the first Jordanian film to be released in Egyptian cinemas commercially.
Ahead of its release in Egyptian cinemas, Jordanian filmmaker Zaid Abu Hamdan’s debut feature, Daughters of Abdulrahman, premiered in Egypt at Zamalek Cinema on October 24.
The film’s lead star, Saba Mubarak, attended the premiere alongside producer Aya Wuhoush and director Zaid Abu Hamdan, as well as several critics, media figures, and renowned actors, including megastar Safia El Emari, Injy El Mokkaddem, Heba Abdel Ghany, Hagar ElSarrag, Hana Shiha, and Ahmed Fahmi. In addition, the attendees included film critic Andrew Mohsen, actor Mohamed Alaa, film producer Shahinaz El Akkad, and film editor Dina Farouk.
The film is scheduled to be released in the following theatres Golden Stars Cinema, Americana Plaza, Sea Cinema Arabella in New Cairo, Point 90 Mall, Arkan Mall at Sheikh Zayed, Cairo Festival City, Mall of Arabia, Porto Cairo, and Zamalek cinema, making it the first Jordanian film to be commercially released in Egyptian theatres.
The film will be screened at the Lebanese Film Festival in Canada on Monday, October 31 at 7 PM, and at the Arab Film Festival in Zurich, on November 17 at 6 PM, and on November 20 at 3 PM.
The film’s special premiere in Egypt follows its successful commercial screenings in Arab countries, such as the UAE, and Tunisia, where it is still screening. Daughters of Abdulrahman is the first Jordanian film to screen for ten consecutive weeks in Jordanian cinemas, plus two weeks of special screenings.
Also, the film has been screened at Amman International Film Festival-Awal Film and was well received. The film was released commercially in Saudi and Kuwaiti theatres.
Recently, the film won the Audience Award at the Middle East Now Festival during the closing ceremony on Sunday, October 9. This marks the film’s fourth award. It had already won the same award at the FEST New Directors New Films Festival, Portugal; the San Diego Arab Film Festival, USA; and the Cairo International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere.
It opened the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden and was screened at the Arab Film Festival in Germany and the 10th edition of the Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival in Canada in October. In November, it will be screened at the Arab Film Festival in Zurich, Switzerland.
The film is also being screened in Jordanian cinemas for the eighth week in a row, making it the first Jordanian film to screen that long in cinemas. Also, the film has been screened at Amman International Film Festival-Awal Film and was well received.
The film follows the storyline of Zainab who wakes up to a shocking discovery that could defame her in the neighbourhood. She quickly calls for her sister’s aid. Yet, fiery Amaal has her own secret struggle and is not having her sister Samah, who is too busy to be there. Meanwhile, Khitam tries to focus on her own mission.
Written and directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan, Daughters of Abdulrahman stars Saba Mubarak, Farah Bsaiso, Hanan Al Hilo, Mariam Al Basha, and Khalid Al Tarifi. It is produced by Pan East Media (Saba Mubarak & Aya Wuhoush), Lagoonie Film Production, Wika Production and Distribution, and Arab Media Network. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution in the Arab world.
The film received several funds, including the Doha Film Institute development fund, the Jordan Film Fund of the Royal Film Commission development and production funds, as well as a fund from CineGouna Platform (post-production) at El Gouna Film Festival. The film was also selected among the finalist projects at the Tribeca Film Festival – All Access programme, and selected for RFC Rawi Screenwriters Lab.