Zaid Abu Hamdan’s DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN premiered in Egypt on October 24th at Zamalek Cinema, a few days before its release in Egyptian cinemas. 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, well-known actresses Injy El Mokkaddem, Heba Abdel Ghany, Hagar ElSarrag, and Hana Shiha, as well as actor and singer 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 Egyptian theaters: 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 theaters.
The film will be screened at the Lebanese Film Festival in Canada on Monday, October 31st at 7 pm, and at the Arab Film Festival in Zurich, on November 17th at 6 pm, and on November 20th at 3 pm.
The film's special screening 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. It is also the first Jordanian film to achieve this accomplishment.
DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN screened at Amman International Film Festival-Awal Film, where it was well received and tickets were sold out as soon as they were announced. The film was released commercially in Saudi and Kuwaiti theaters.
DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN won its fourth international award after garnering the Audience Award at the Middle East Now Festival in Florence. It 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 held its world premiere. The film was screened at the Beirut International Women Film Festival, where it got a special mention, and at the 1st edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (Arab Spectacular Section).
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 follows the storyline of Zainab, who 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 secret struggle and is not having it with her sister Samah, who is too busy to be there. Meanwhile, Khitam tries to focus on her 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 the Arab Media Network. MAD Solutions and Lagoonie Film Production are co-distributing the film 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 the 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 was selected for the RFC Rawi Screenwriters Lab.
Pan East Media is a Jordanian production house, established in 2011 by Saba Mubarak and Aya Wuhoush with the main objective of creating authentic audio-visual content in Jordan and presenting first-rate artistic work on both regional and international levels. In 2015, Saba moved the company's headquarters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and added talent management and entertainment production to its list of services.
Moreover, the company aims to enrich the quality of the content delivered, and throughout the years it has created and developed several scenarios for both cinema and television.
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 the 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.
Find below the schedule of DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN in Egyptian theaters
Golden Stars Cinema: All Day
Americana Plaza: All Day
Sea Cinema Arabella in New Cairo: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - 11 pm
Point 90: 7 pm - 9:30 pm - 12 am
Arkan Mall at Sheikh Zayed: 7 pm - 9:30 pm - 12 am
Cairo Festival City: 10 pm - 12 am
Mall of Arabia: 11 am - 1:30 pm - 4 pm
Porto Cairo: 10 am - 3 pm - 7 pm
Zamalek cinema: Screens only on Monday, October 31st at 7:30 pm