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Haifa Street Vies at Carthage Film Festival

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Landing Its Arab World Premiere

Haifa Street Vies at Carthage Film Festival

Iraqi Multiple-award winning film Haifa Street by director Mohanad Hayal will take part in the Official Feature Film Competition of the 30th Carthage Film Festival (JCC) (October 26-November 2), marking its Arab world premiere. The film screening will be attended by its director Mohanad Hayal,itsproducer Ali Raheem,and its leads Asad Abdulmajeed and Yumna Marwan. Haifa Street is distributed and marketed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.

First launched in 1961, the Carthage Film Festival is the oldest event of its kind in the African continent and the Arab World. This year, the festival will screen a roster of 170 films from 60 countries in its different sections, with a total of 44 feature and documentary films from 40 countries including nine Arab countries participating in its Official Competition.

Haifa Street received six awards, 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.

Screening Times of Haifa Street at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC)

Tuesday, October 29, 03:00 PM, at the Opera Theater
Wednesday, October 30, 08:30 PM, at L'A.B.C
Thursday, October 31, 05:30 PM, at L'Agora