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Only Men Go to the Grave
A film by Abdulla Al Kaabi
UAE - Iran
80 Min/ Drama
Original Title
Al Regal Faqat Ind Al Dafn
After the Iraq-Iran war ended in 1988, a blind mother welcomes her estranged daughters to tell them a secret. Unfortunately, she accidentally dies while sharing it. During the funeral, the daughters try to deal with their mother's sudden death and also work together to unveil her secret by looking for clues from visitors. Throughout the funeral, their own lives continue to unravel, giving room for buried family tensions to gradually surface, while struggling to deal with their own secrets and deep-rooted guilt. The arrival of an unfamiliar guest rocks the entire foundation of their family. How do they deal with the aftermath?
Saleema Yaqoub
Hebe Sabah
Abdelreza Nasari
Production Company(es)
El Booma Films
Farshad Mahoutforoush
Dubai International Film Festival
Best Muhr Emirati Feature Award at the Dubai International Film Festival
The film is tackling taboo issues in Arab society such as feminism and transgenderism. The first collaboration between Iraqi and Iranian Arabs following the first Gulf war. The film landed its world premiere at the DIFF where it won the Best Muhr Emirati Feature Award. The film marks director Abdulla Al Kaabi’s debut feature film after his short film, The Philosopher, with famed French actor Jean Reno.
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