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Daughters of Abdul-Rahman

Spring Grant 2011 - Development Stage

Zaid Abu Hamdan / Feature Narrative / Jordan, Egypt, Qatar / 2014 / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Coming of age, Drama, Religion, Social Issues, Youth, Family, Women Interest


Single and middle-aged, Zainab lives a dreary existence as a local seamstress and her father’s keeper—a stubborn and distant old man who is going senile. After unexpected events, Zainab wakes up to find her father missing. Zainab must now reunite with her three estranged sisters at the old family home to find their father, unwillingly creating a recipe for disaster. As the search for him begins, buried secrets come out, and the sisters get pushed to the edge. Through fights and laughter, the sisters realise that only through overcoming their differences will they find their father, and discover who they truly want to be. ‘Daughters of Abdul-Rahman’ is a universal family drama about women making choices in a patriarchal society. It is a realistic and uplifting tale about four different women who confront the truth about themselves in the most unlikely of situations.


Zaid Abu Hamdan
Zaid Abu Hamdan
Saba Mubarak, Zaid Abu Hamdan

About the Director

Zaid holds an MFA from the New York Film Academy in Hollywood and a BA in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University. Since 2009, Zaid has written, directed, and produced six award-winning, internationally distributed short films. Zaid's films are known to be universal, showcasing stories from various cultures and languages. His film 'Bahiya & Mahmoud' was the first Arab short film to qualify for an Oscar nomination in 2012 by winning the Best Of Fest award and the Palm Springs International Shortfest, and he has now developed the short into a comedy TV series.
In television, Zaid directed, produced and developed a wide range of content at major broadcasters in Los Angeles and the Gulf, including children's Sesame Street, Pop Culture news channel E! Entertainment, and Sports competition shows, in addition to venturing into TV commercials in 2017. Since moving to the UAE in 2016, he has filled the freelance position as the lead filmmaking mentor in the region with Image Nation's Arab Film Studio Narrative and Screenwriting Programmes.


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    Pan East Media

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