Three Female Directors Start Shooting a Social Drama inside a Building
The Producers Reveals Details on the New TV Drama Seventh Neighbor
The Producers has started shooting the first episode of the new social drama Seventh Neighbor (Sabe' Gar). The 60-episode series is co-helmed by three female directors; Nadine Khan, Heba Yousry and Ayten Amin, marking the first experiment of its kind in the Arab world. The series is set to premiere on TV this year.
Seventh Neighbor is a social drama that touches on family issues of a group of neighbors who live in the same apartment building in Heliopolis. Through a number of intertwined stories, the series follows the main characters' secrets behind the closed doors, in contrast to what they show of great happiness, and tracks the social problems they face and difficult choices they have to make alongside the contradictions in what they show in behavior inside their homes and outside.
Produced by The Producers, Seventh Neighbor is written by Heba Yousry, and co-directed by Ayten Amin, Nadine Khan and Heba. The series stars Dalal Abdel Aziz, Shereen, Hani Adel, Rahma Hassan, Osama Abbas, Hedi Karam, Sara Abdel Rahman, Mohamed Alaa, Doaa Hegazy, Safaa Galal and Ahmed Dash.
Young director Ayten Amin had a previous experience as a co-director in the documentary film Tahrir 2011: The Good, The Bad, and The Politician along with Amr Salama and Tamer Ezzat. In three chapters, each director presented a different side of the Egyptian Revolution. Amin's feature film Villa 69, starring Khaled Abol Naga and Arwa Gouda, received the Special Jury Award for a Film from the Arab World within the New Horizon Competition at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Nadine Khan started her career as a co-director with director Youssry Nasrallah, then with her father, the great late director Mohamed Khan in Banat West El Balad. Her feature debut Harag W' Marag (Chaos, Disorder) (2012) received eight awards at several film festivals including the Special Jury Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Heba Yousry is a director and actress who studied Filmmaking at the Higher Institute of Cinema. Shortly afterwards, she wrote, directed and starred in her film Another Passion which screened at the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels (FIPA) in France. Yousry's feature documentary Settou Zad, My First Passion landed its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). The film narrates the life story of her grandmother, the salient singer Shahrazade, from her own point of view. Heba Yousry has previously co-directed the TV sit-com Tamer w Shawkeya. Heba also starred in Ayten Amin's Villa 69, Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl and Ma'moun Wa Shorakah series.