The Borrowed Dress to Screen at Warehouse421 October 24

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The Borrowed Dress to Screen at Warehouse421 October 24

Director Leen Alfaisal's documentary film, The Borrowed Dress will screen on Warehouse421, as of Sunday, October 25, through Wednesday, October 28. The screening will be available only for the audience in the UAE, through the following link:

Founded in 2015, Warehouse421 is a cultural space that encourages artistic expression, and supports the perceptive processes, in order to reinforce the UAE's creative community.

The Borrowed Dress world premiered at the London International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema, where it competed for the Best Foreign Language Documentary, Best Director of a Foreign Language Documentary and the Best Editing of a Short Documentary. The film won the Best Documentary award at the Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF)
in Ireland and received a Special Mention at the Beirut Women International Film Festival (BWFF). The film made its Arab world premiere at the Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival in Lebanon, and screened at the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden, Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan, Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) in Egypt, Arab Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and the Manarat Mediterranean Film Festival in Tunisia.

Grandmother Susu (80 years old), her daughter Doaa (50 years old), and her grandchild Saad (16 years old) are forced to flee Syria after the beginning of the revolution to live in different scattered places, with the one thing left to share being their desire to reunite. The details of their personal stories and human experiences are microcosms of two stories: one of a population that has spread all over the world, and the other of a homeland that might have
changed forever.

Written and directed by Leen Alfaisal, The Borrowed Dress is produced by Sarah Hassan and Alaa Alassad(Creative Media Solutions). The film stars Siham Abu Nabbout, Doaa Al Zoabi and Saad Alkuwatly. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.

Leen Alfaisal is a Dubai-based video producer and camerawoman working at CNN International. Alfaisal graduated with honors from the American University in Dubai, with a major in journalism and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies and documentary film.

The Borrowed Dress is her first venture into feature documentary directing. She directed her first short documentary film, Without a Frame, during university, which made it into the final selection of the Original Narrative Student Short Film Festival in Dubai and the Arab Short Film Festival in Beirut.