GenreDrama, Romance ScreenplayBader Ben Hirsi WriterBader Ben Hirsi LanguageEnglish and Arabic
Release date2005 CastNabil Sabir (Tariq), Dania Hammoud (Ines), Paolo Romano (Federico), Sahar Alasbahi (Amal), Redha Khoder (Bilquis), Amal Ismail (Hesiba) Similar moviesThe Intouchables, My Fair Lady, The Last Emperor, Mulan II, The Lover, Vanity Fair
TaglineOne man must choose marriage and tradition...or true love and the unknown.
a new day in old sana a
A New Day in Old Sana'a is a 2005 romantic drama film directed by Bader Ben Hirsi, a British playwright and director of Yemeni ancestry, and produced by Ahmed Abdali. It was shot in San‘a’, the capital of Yemen, and was the first Yemeni film to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.
The film was advertised as the first film to come out of Yemen.
The running time of the film was 86 minutes, and versions were released in English and Arabic (with English subtitles).
In addition to Cannes, the film was screened at the Cairo International Film Festival; after its showing in Cairo, Hirsi received a prize of 100,000 pounds from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.
The film is shown through the eyes of Federico, a photographer from Italy. Tariq (a friend of Federico) is scheduled to marry Bilquis, the daughter of a rich judge. However, while out in the city one night, he catches sight of a woman he believes to be Bilquis, and falls in love with her. The woman turns out to be a nagsh (a black plant applied like henna) artist named Ines, and Tariq ends up having to choose between the two. The film ends with a shot of a djinni, played by Hirsi himself.