This premiere came ahead of its commercial release on December 1 in the UAE in Vox cinemas in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s YAS Mall.
Lebanese film Farah, directed by Hassiba Freiha and Kenton Oxley, premiered at Vox cinema in the Mall of the Emirates on November 28.
This came ahead of its commercial release on December 1 in UAE in Vox cinemas in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s YAS Mall.
The movie’s cast members Stephanie Atala, Majdi Machmouchi, and Youssef Boulos, along with the directors Hassiba & Kenton Freiha-Oxley, and the producer Reine Issa were present at the premiere, which was also attended by the most prominent media outlets, celebrities, influencers, and art critics.
Recently, the film won the Best Arab Film and Best Art Direction Awards (Nazir Nassar and Moussa Baydoun) at the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival, where it competed in the Nour El-Sherif Competition for Arabic Feature Films.
Farah also won the Best Feature Film Award (audience poll) at the Lebanese Film Festival in Canada and received a Special 10th Anniversary Award (jury award) at the Chelsea Film Festival in the US.
Before that, Farah world premiered at the Beirut International Women Film Festival and screened at the San Diego Arab Film Festival.
The film follows Lina – a pre-med student – who is sent home to Beirut after severe nightmares ruin her life. An antidepressant named ‘Xapa’ – also known as ‘Joy’ – is then prescribed to help her recover.
However, as Lina’s terrifying nightmares worsen and a link between them and her birth mother, Farah, becomes clear, she embarks on a quest to uncover a web of family secrets that will reveal a shattering truth.
Written by Hassiba Freiha – who co-directed it with Kenton Oxley – Farah stars Stephanie Atala, Majdi Machmouchi, Freiha, and Youssef Boulos. The film is lensed by Elias Trad and edited by Marcus D’Arcy. MAD Solutions is also managing the film’s distribution in the Arab world.