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Hala Khalil / Feature Narrative / Egypt, Qatar / 2014 / 100 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama


Nawara, a woman in her 20s, works as a housemaid in the home of Ossama Bey and his family, who are closely linked to the Mubarak regime. As the revolution unfolds, they decide to leave the country temporarily. They give Nawara some money and ask her to look after the house while they are away. Nawara calls her fiancé Mustafa and tells him to find a house, now that she can afford it. She takes to living in her employers’ villas as though she were the owner. At Mustafa’s insistence, Nawara lets him spend the night with her at the villa, and the pair discover what it’s like to live like the rich. Because of a travel ban and property seizure order that has been issued against Ossama Bey, however, the police arrive at the villa and take Nawara’s money because she can’t prove it belongs to her. She and Mustafa are left with nothing.


Hala Khalil
Hala Khalil
Hala Khalil, Mohamed Hefzy

About the Director

Hala Khalil obtained a degree in film directing in 1992 from the Cairo Film School and is a director and screenwriter. ‘The Kite’ (1997), her award-winning short film, was selected for many festivals and received international acclaim. Her critically praised feature films ‘Best Times’ (2004) and ‘Cut and Paste’ (2006) have been screened at numerous international film festivals and have won several awards.

Production Company Profile

Film Clinic was established by Mohamed Hefzy in 2005 as a film development and production company that produces narrative and documentary features, and also offers screenwriting workshops. While targeting general audiences in Egyptian, regional and international markets, the company has also developed a reputation for supporting young independent filmmakers, and for investing in innovative approaches to film that offer creative alternatives to Egyptian mainstream commercial cinema. Film Clinic has co-produced Egyptian, Arab and international features, and its productions have participated in more than 100 film festivals and won more than 50 awards at festivals including the Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Dubai and Muscat International Film Festivals, the BFI London, Carthage, Montpellier, Oran and Sundance Film Festivals, and the Malmö Arab Film Festival, in addition to national Egyptian festivals.

Founded shortly after the Egyptian Revolution of 25 January, 2011, Nazrah Films defined a goal of supporting independent films and filmmakers. We seek to reach out to the world through cinema by encouraging authentic individual voices to make themselves heard. Based in a passion for democracy, equality and freedom of speech, we want to explore the shared initiatives of struggling Egyptian independent filmmakers. It also operates to counter the monopoly of commercial cinema, which does not represent the new generation of filmmakers or the new Egyptian society. We want to challenge the status quo, where independent cinema barely exists, as independent filmmakers, with new hope, ambition and vision, yearn for the opportunity to reach new and eager audiences.

Awards and Festival History


Arabian Sights Festival 2015


Best Actress, Dubai International Film Festival 2015 (WP)
Best Film, Oran's International Arab Film Festival 2016
Best Actress (M. Shalabi) and Best Scenario awards, Malmö Arab Film Festival 2016
Best Actress, International Festival of Mediterranean Ci


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    Hala Khalil

    Red Star Film Production

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