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Al Murhaqoon

Al Murhaqoon

Original name: Al Murhaqoon
English name: The Burdened
Year: 2023
Run time: 91 Min
Language: Arabic
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Yemen, Sudan, Saudi Arabia
Director: Amr Gamal
Producers: Mohsen Alkhalifi, Amr Gamal
Cast: Khaled Hamdan, Abeer Mohammed, Samah Alamrani, Fatema Adulbqawi
Screenplay: Mazen Refaat, Amr Gamal
Cinematographer: Mrinal Desai
Editor: Heba Othman
Sound Designer: Rana Eid, Rawad Hobeika
Music Composer: Chen Mingchang
Production Company: Adenium Productions
World Sales: Films Boutique

Festivals:

  • Berlinale 2023
  • Chicago IFF 2023
  • Shanghai IFF 2023
  • Sydney IFF 2023
  • Durban 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2018 10 Days Before The Wedding

Director's Biography:

Amr Gamal

Amr Gamal is an independent Yemeni film and theatre director. In 2003, he received the President's Award in playwriting. In 2005, Gamal established Khaleej Aden Theatre Troupe, he has written and directed all the theatre productions by the troupe since 2005. His play Ma'k Nazel became the first Yemeni play to be performed in Europe after its big success in Yemen. His first feature film 10 Days Before The Wedding (2018) premiered was the first film to open commercially in Yemen since the last three decades. The film continued to be screened for over 8 months and became Yemen's official submission to the Oscar in 2018.

Synopsis:

Isra'a lives with her husband Ahmed and their three children in the old port city of Aden in southern Yemen. Their everyday lives are shaped by the civil war - which means military checks in the streets, frequent power cuts, and having to haul water from the street to the kitchen. Ahmed used to work for television, but after several salary cheques were not paid, he is now earning his money as a driver. When Isra'a unexpectedly becomes pregnant, the couple faces a crisis. They both know they cannot afford a fourth child: they are about to move to a cheaper flat and the children's school fees are due. Together they decide on an abortion. An odyssey begins in which a doctor friend becomes a key figure. Set against the backdrop of one of the world's most devastating civil wars, this sensitive family drama provides us with a glimpse into the society of a country largely unknown beyond its borders.