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InshAllah a Boy

Spring Grants 2021 - Development Stage

Amjad Al Rasheed / Feature Narrative / Jordan, Egypt, France, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama


Nawal, a grieving mother shaken up by the sudden death of her husband, is now at the risk of losing her home to her brother-in-law, Rifqi. According to the active inheritance law, if a woman doesn’t have a son, the husband’s family takes a significant share of the estate. In Nawal’s case, the inheritance is her home, the only shelter for her and her daughter. Nawal tries in many ways to hold onto her home, a house she paid for and worked hard to get. However, she continuously faces threats of losing it all when Rifqi decides to take her to court. At court, Nawal feels cornered and out of options, but she decides to fight and not surrender. Nawal lies to the judge and pretends that she is pregnant. Though this lie was supposed to save her from the ongoing threats, as time passes, she becomes more desperate and faces a difficult choice. Despite her religion and traditions, she has to find a man to get her pregnant with what hopefully will be a boy. Otherwise, she will lose everything, including her daughter. Three weeks is all she has to encounter fears, the unknown, society, culture, her beliefs, and her humanity.


Amjad Al Rasheed
Amjad Al Rasheed, Rula Nasser, And Delphine Agut
Rula Nasser, Aseel Abuayyash
Production Company
Imaginarium Films

About the Director

Amjad Al Rasheed is a Berlinale Talents alumnus with an MFA degree in cinematic arts. His short films were nominated and awarded in Arab and international film festivals, including the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Prize for his last short film, 'The Parrot'. His debut feature film in development, 'Inshallah a Boy', was selected at Crossroads Thessaloniki Film Festival, Cairo Film Connection, Amman Film Festival, and Torino Film Lab.


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    Rula Nasser

    The Imaginarium Films

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    Iva Radivojević

    Ivaasks Films LLC

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