Co-written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Amjad Al Rasheed, the film is a co-production between Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Amjad Al Rasheed’s Inshallah a Boy, the first Jordanian film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival, won Best Actress and a Jury Award during the closing ceremony of the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival, which took place at Lantaren Venster Theater.
Previously, Inshallah a Boy screened at a number of prestigious film festivals, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Sydney Film Festival, garnering widespread acclaim after a historic world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival’s Critics Week, where it nabbed the Gan Foundation and Rail d’ Or awards.
Inshallah a Boy, a co-production between Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, is overseen by Jordan-based producer Rula Nasser for The Imaginarium Films.
The film tackles the problematic issue of women and inheritance in Jordan, an issue which is prevalent throughout the Arab world, where, due to antiquated laws, men inherit twice as much as women.
It was also awarded by El Gouna Film Festival and Festival International de Films de Fribourg, as well as supported by Oticons, which will allow it to collaborate with the composers represented by the company.
It also received production and post-production support from Jordan’s Royal Film Commission in two cycles, a monetary prize from the Arab Radio and Television Network at the fifth Cairo Film Connection, and production support from the Doha Film Institute.
Inshallah a Boy won financial support from El Gouna Film Festival worth $5000.
Directed by Amjad Al-Rasheed and co-written alongside Delphine Augte and Rula Nasser, Inshallah a Boy stars Muna Hawa, Haitham Omari, Salwa Nakkara, Yumna Marwan, Mohammad Al-Jizawi, Eslam Al-Awadi, and Cilina Rababa.
This film marks Al-Rasheed’s second collaboration with MAD, as the distribution giant handled marketing for his short film The Parrot, which he co-directed with Darin J. Sallam.