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Haifa Street Competes in the Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition at the Cairo International Film Festival

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Haifa Street Competes in the Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition at the Cairo International Film Festival


The Iraqi film Haifa Street by director Mohanad Hayal will compete in the Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) (November 20-29). A few days ago, the film had its Arab world premiere at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), where it received wide audience and critical acclaim. “The film intensifies conflict and goes beyond the boundaries of space and time with its creative symbolism.” said Film Critic Tarek El Shinnawi.

Winner of six international awards, Haifa Street will screen on Wednesday, November 27, at 12:30 PM at the Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, and on Thursday, November 28, at 09:30 PM at Zawya Cinema (Karim 2). Haifa Street is distributed and marketed by MAD Solutions in the Arab world.

This year’s Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) will screen over 150 feature, documentary and short films, including 30 world or international premieres. The Festival will also screen a number of international award-winning films.
Haifa Street received six awards so far, including the Best Film award at the Busan International Film Festival this October, Laser Film award and HAKKA Distribution award at the Takmil Workshop of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Lab Award from the Asia Pacific Academy, Market Award at the Tribeca International Film Festival, and the Cinescape award, presented by Front Row at the Dubai International Film Festival. Furthermore, the film won a post-production grant from the Doha Film Institute.

Set in Baghdad in 2006, Haifa Street is one of the most dangerous places suffering from the civil war and violence that has plagued the city. When Ahmed is dropped off there by a taxi on his way to his beloved Suad's house to ask for her hand in marriage, he gets shot by Salam, an anxious young sniper who is living his own personal hell on a rooftop above. Suad desperately tries to save Ahmed, but Salam prevents anyone from approaching him under the threat of gunfire. When her daughter Nadia elicits the help of their cunning neighbor, Dalal, all hell breaks loose under the ominous presence of the American occupation.

Directed by Mohanad Hayal, and co-written with Hala Alsalman, Haifa Street stars Asad Abdulmajeed, Ali Thamer, Yumna Marwan, and Iman Abdulhassan, and produced by Sumerian Dream Productions. Wide Management handles the film’s worldwide distribution, while MAD Solutions handles its distribution and marketing across the Arab world.

Mohanad Hayal was born in southern Iraq in the city of Nasiriyah in 1985. He graduated from the Cinema Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad. He participated in many advanced cinema workshops in a number of countries around the world. He spent ten years working as an assistant director in many Arab feature films. He also worked as a production manager for a number of short and feature films.

His short film Happy Birthday was selected at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and received the Rising Star Award at the 2014 Rhode International Film Festival in the US. His latest feature film Haifa Street was selected as one of the most important African, Middle Eastern and Arab projects at the Venice International Film Festival (Final Cut). Mohanad currently lives in Baghdad and heads the Film Production department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture.