The two screenings of the film Daughters of Abdul-Rahman at Red Sea International Film Festival witnessed a massive turnout. The screenings were held on Friday & Saturday, in the presence of the film’s director Zaid Abu Hamdan, cast members (Saba Mubarak and Hanan Hillo) and producers (Aya Wuhoush and Shahinaz El-Akkad) Days before, Daughters of Abdul-Rahman won the Audience Award (Youssef Cherif Rizkallah Award) following its world premiere in the International Competition of Cairo International Film Festival. The film had three sold-out screenings at the festival, given that they were held at the festival’s biggest venues ( Grand Hall, Fountain Theatre, Zamalek Cinema).
Zainab wakes up to a shocking discovery that could defame her in the neighborhood. 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 Abdul-Rahman stars Saba Mubarak, Farah Bsieso, Hanan Hillo, Mariam Al Basha, and Khalid Al Tarifi, and features Dina Farouk as the film editor. It is produced by Pan East Media (Saba Mubarak & Aya Wuhoush), Lagoonie Film Production, Arab Media Network and Wika For Film Production and Distribution. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution in the Arab world.
Previously, the film received multiple funds, including 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 program, and for RFC Rawi Screenwriters Lab.
Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Zaid Abu Hamdan holds an MFA from the New York Film Academy in Hollywood California. Zaid started his career working on international TV shows as an Assistant Director and Producer, including E! Entertainment’s coverage of the Golden Globe and Academy Awards. In addition, Zaid worked as a television reporter for Middle East Broadcast Corporation group (MBC Group) in Hollywood. He also worked on directing reality and scripted shows such as Sesame Street, a competition that shows and mentors the Arab Film Studio program at Image Nation, Abu Dhabi. Since 2009, Zaid has written and directed five award winning and audience acclaimed short films, including Bahiya & Mahmoud, which was the official Jordanian submission to the Academy Awards in 2012.