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New Day In Old Sana'a, A
New Day In Old Sana'a, A

Feature Film

Bader Ben Hirsi


86 minutes

English and Arabic with English subtitles
    Winner — Arab Film Prize, Cairo Film Festival

"It weaves a fairytale of unrequited love, bundled together with an anecdote or two suffused with local color. . . it indulges in a bit of magic realism." —Toronto Daily Star

In this achingly romantic tale, handsome young Tariq is about to marry Bilquis, eldest daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. But as he wanders the ancient city of Sana'a late one night, he spots a beautiful young woman dancing in the street and falls madly in love with her.

Before long, the young groom must choose between following his heart and protecting his family's honor. Filmed entirely on location in the ancient city of Sana'a, this exquisite film is the first feature ever to come out of Yemen.

World Premiere
- Cannes International Film Festival, 2006

U.S. Premiere
Seattle Arab & Iranian Film Festival, 2006

Official Selection
- Vancouver International Film Festival, 2006

Official Selection
- Arabian Sights, Film Fest D.C., 2006

Official Selection
- Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2007

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

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