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Samaher Alqadi / Feature Documentary / Palestine, Norway, France, Germany, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Women, Creative Documentary


Cairo, January 25, 2013, the second anniversary of the revolution, under then-president Mohamed Morsi—Egypt is in turmoil as protests sweep the country against Muslim-Brotherhood rule. An explosion of politically charged sexual assaults sweeps through Tahrir Square. After the public aggression of her best friend and over 50 other women that night alone, the director begins to use her camera as a protector and weapon against sexual terrorism as she documents the chaos around her. But she also turns the camera onto herself, to see herself and question what being a woman really means. As she becomes pregnant, she re-examines the constructs of her own childhood in Palestine—how her fate was determined because she was born a girl. She initiates an inner-dialogue with her deceased mother telling her all the things she was never able to say, thus setting her on a course of individual strength, collective power, and personal emancipation.


Samaher Alqadi
Samaher Alqadi
Karim El Hakim, Thomas Kaske, Kaske Film
Production Company
Idioms Film

About the Director

Samaher Alqadi is an emerging voice in Arabic documentary filmmaking. Her films focus on the evolving status of women and dissident artists in the Middle East.

Awards and Festival History


World Première at the Berlinale in Encounters


  • Main Contact

    Karim El Hakim

    Prophecy Films

  • Main Contact

    Lonnie Van Brummelen


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