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Director: Ahd Kamel
First Saudi film to be selected for the Short Film competition at the Berlin International Film Festival
The first film to focus on Saudi woman in the alleys of Jeddah
2013 / France - UAE - KSA37 Min/ Drama
Original Title
Areej, a young pregnant Saudi widow, will endure anything to protect her unborn child.
Ahd Kamel
Mohammad Othman
Mohammad Baker
Screenwriter: Ahd Kamel
DOP: Tristan Tortuyaux
Editor: Léa Masson
Production Company(ies)
Bizibi, SilverGrey Pictures with the participation of France's CNC
Jérôme Bleitrach
World Premiere at the Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Qatar
Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), Germany
Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Shorts, Egypt
Ayam Beirut Al Cinema'yia (Beirut Cinema Days), Lebanon
Arab Film Festival Australia,
Birds Eye View Film Festival, UK
Golden Aleph at the Beirut International Film Festival
Development Award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival Second Prize at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF)
“Ahd Kamel is an ambitious and multi-talented woman; her second film Sanctity is courageous and have the depth of vision. Far from the traditional image of Saudi Arabian palaces and luxury buildings, Ahd took her way to the back streets where the small poor houses are.” Al Shorouk News - Kamal Ramzy (Arabic)