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A Reverence for Spiders

Fall Grant 2011 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Faiza Ambah / Feature Narrative / Saudi Arabia, United States of America, France, Qatar / Original Language: English / Interests: Drama, Religion, Family, Friendship

Synopsis

New York-based imam Omar Metwally develops an unlikely friendship with the homeless teenager who sleeps outside his mosque. When the boy asks Omar for spiritual solace after he is fatally stabbed, Omar provides him with the Muslim creed of faith and then a Muslim burial. But then the boy’s estranged parents show up demanding their son be given a Christian burial and Omar refuses. The ensuing political scandal threatens Omar’s job, his faith and the relationship he has just started building with his young daughters. Confronted with the possibility of losing them, Omar is forced to choose between his mosque duties, his Muslim ideals, and his bond with his daughters.

Credits

Director
Faizah Ambah
Screenwriter
Faizah Ambah
Producer
Faizah Ambah, Jérôme Bleitrach, Silvio Saade

About the Director

Faiza Ambah is a Saudi filmmaker with a background in journalism. She was Gulf Correspondent for ‘The Washington Post’ before leaving in 2009 to focus on filmmaking. Her scripts have been supported by the Sundance Institute through the Rawi Screenwriter’s Lab in Jordan, the Dubai International Film Festival and the Doha Film Institute. She was a jury member at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai in 2013 and organised a festival of Gulf Films at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France the same year. She is currently in post-production for her medium-length film, ‘Mariam’, which was shot in France. Ambah has a feature-film writing certificate from UCLA extension and has taken directing courses at the Cinematic Arts School at the University of Southern California and the New York Film Academy.

Production Company Profile

Independent Saudi screenwriter Faiza Ambah founded Brown-Eyed Films in 2011. The company aims to bring compelling stories from the Arab world to an international audience by elevating the unique voices engaged in Arab storytelling.

Established in 1998, Bizibi is a French production company run by Jérôme Bleitrach and Emmanuel Agneray. Bizibi has produced eight features films, which have been selected for major festivals. The company’s debut feature ‘Or mon trésor’ won the Caméra d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. Talents are developed through making short films, of which the company has produced more than 40 in the past 15 years. They include Ahd’s ‘Sanctity’, which was in competition at the Berlinale last year. The company alsoproduces documentaries.

Contacts

  • Director

    Faiza Ambah

    Email: 
    ambahfaiza@mac.com

  • Main Contact

    Jérôme Bleitrach

    Company: 
    Bizibi
    Phone: 
    +33 143 471 506
    Email: 
    bizibi@free.fr

  • Production Company

    Bizibi

    Phone: 
    +33 1 43 47 15 06
    Email: 
    bizibi@free.fr

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