Written and directed by Mohammed Alhamoud, 'Ertidad' was entirely shot in Al Hasamah village in Jizan Province, south-western Saudi Arabia.
Saudi short film Ertidad (Goin South), directed by Mohammed Alhamoud, will screen at the tenth Québec City Film Festival (QCFF) in Canada on September 17 at 1:00 pm (GMT-4).
Ertidad is the first Saudi film to get selected for the official competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. The film screened at many international film festivals, including the Cleveland International Film Festival in the US, Kolkata International Film Festival in India, Dhaka International Film Festival in Bangladesh, and Bali International Short Film Festival in Indonesia, along with several European film festivals, such as the Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF Shorts) in Estonia, Lublin Film Festival in Poland, and the Arab Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
The film follows a newlywed couple who pay their first visit to the groom’s hometown in a small Southern Saudi village to celebrate their marriage. Nervous and desperate for her in-law’s approval, the bride, Aya, makes a daring choice, while her husband Nader tries to cope with the consequences.
Written and directed by Mohammed Alhamoud, Ertidad stars Fatima Albanawi and Aymen Mutahar. The film received a grant from the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) after winning at the Saud Film Days in 2017. Ertidad was entirely shot in Al Hasamah village in Jizan Province, south-western Saudi Arabia. The film is distributed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world.
Founded in 2011, the Québec City Film Festival (QCFF) is a non-profit charity organisation that strives to offer film enthusiasts from Québec and visitors from outside the province and abroad a major film event.