release date October 04 2022
DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN Features at The Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival in Canada
DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN by Zaid Abu Hamdan will screen at the 10th edition of the Calgary Arab Film Nights Festival in Canada, from October 7th to 9th. The film will screen on Sunday, October 9th at 4 p.m. Canada time (GMT -4). This screening is part of the film’s international tour that started in October, where it will be featured at the Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence, Italy, and the Arab Film Festival in Germany.
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This screening took place after successful commercial screenings in the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia, which began in early September and through October. 
DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN is the first Jordanian film screened in Jordanian cinemas for eight consecutive weeks. 
Previously, the film has screened at Amman International Film Festival-Awal Film and was well received, and tickets were sold out as soon as they were announced. 
DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN was released commercially in Saudi and Kuwaiti theatres and is set to be released shortly in Egypt and the rest of the Arab world. 
The film received wide praise and critical acclaim.
"A film that combines the freshness of director Zaid Abu Hamdan’s early works with the mature acting performance of Saba Mubarak’s and her sisters… every story can be turned into a feature film,” explained critic Ali Al Kashouti.
On the other hand, Esraa Al Radaideh described it as “A film that resembles us.” While the CIFF newsletter saw the film as, “A Heart-warming ode to sisterhood in all its colorful complexities.”
Previously, the film won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film (Golden Lynx Fiction) at FEST – New Directors /New Films Festival in Portugal and the Audience Award at San Diego Arab Film Festival in the USA. It world premiered at the Cairo International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and screened at the Beirut International Women Film Festival and the first edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival (Arab Spectacular Section). Also, it opened the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden.
The film follows the storyline of Zainab who wakes up to a shocking discovery that could defame her in the neighborhood. She quickly calls for her sister’s aid. Yet, fiery Amaal has her own secret struggle and is not having her sister Samah, who is too busy to be there. Meanwhile, Khitam tries to focus on her own mission.
Written and directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan, DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN stars Saba Mubarak, Farah Bsaiso, Hanan Al Hilo, Mariam Al Basha, and Khalid Al Tarifi. It is produced by Pan East Media (Saba Mubarak & Aya Wuhoush), Lagoonie Film Production, Wika Production and Distribution, and Arab Media Network. MAD Solutions manages the film’s distribution in the Arab world.
The film received several funds, including the Doha Film Institute development fund, the Jordan Film Fund of the Royal Film Commission development and production funds, and a fund from the CineGouna Platform (post-production) at El Gouna Film Festival. The film was also selected among the finalist projects at the Tribeca Film Festival - All Access program, and for RFC Rawi Screenwriters Lab.
Pan East Media is a Jordanian production house, established in 2011 by Saba Mubarak and Aya Wuhoush, with the main objective to create authentic audio-visual content in Jordan and to present first-rate artistic work on both regional and international levels. 
In 2015, Saba moved the company's headquarters to the UAE and expanded the company's services to include cultural events management, talent management, and entertainment production.
Moreover, the company aims to enrich the quality of the content delivered, and throughout the years it has created and developed several scenarios for both cinema and television.
Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Zaid Abu Hamdan holds an MFA from the New York Film Academy in Hollywood California. Zaid started his career working on international TV shows as an Assistant Director and Producer, including E! Entertainment’s coverage of the Golden Globe and Academy Awards. In addition, Zaid worked as a television reporter for Middle East Broadcast Corporation Group (MBC Group) in Hollywood. He also worked on directing reality and scripted shows such as Sesame Street, a competition that shows and mentors the Arab Film Studio program at Image Nation, Abu Dhabi. Since 2009, Zaid has written and directed five award-winning and audience-acclaimed short films, including Bahiya & Mahmoud, which was the official Jordanian submission to the Academy Awards in 2012.