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A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005)

A young photographer, Tariq, must choose between his love and his duty of this aristocratic family. He can either run away with his lover, an orphan from the lower class, or go through with his arranged marriage to the daughter of a judge.

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Nabil Saber ...
Tariq
Dania Hammoud ...
Ines
Paolo Romano ...
Federico
Sahar Alasbahi ...
Amal
Redha Khoder ...
Bilquis
Amal Ismail ...
Hesiba
Tawquir Iskandar ...
Ravi
Najla Atef ...
Gheda
Yehia Ibrahim ...
The Chief of Police
Fawziya Al Asbahi ...
Noor / Hajja
Faten Abdoub Rebic Al-Nabhani ...
Maya
Ghaima Saleh ...
Amani
Mona Alasbahi ...
Khadija
Yemen Abdullah ...
Fathoum
Ousama Alhadi ...
Yaseen
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In this achingly romantic tale, handsome young Tariq is about to marry Bilquis, eldest daughter of a prominent and powerful judge. But as he wanders the ancient city of Sana'a late one night, he spots a beautiful young woman dancing in the street and falls madly in love with her. Before long, the young groom must choose between following his heart and protecting his family's honor. Filmed entirely on location in the ancient city of Sana'a, this exquisite film is the first feature ever to come out of Yemen. Written by Alex O. Williams

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One man must choose between marriage and tradition...or true love and the unknown See more »

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Drama | Romance

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mia nea mera stin palia Sana'a  »

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$401 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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$401 (USA) (10 November 2006)
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Casting the lead actress proved very difficult as most Yemeni women worried that appearing in a film would hurt their prospects of marriage. A Lebanese actress was cast. See more »

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Very interesting
20 August 2006 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

The movie carried many aspects of Yemen life it succeeded in highlighting the environment and mixing many plots. The characters seem living their normal life with some exaggerated moments where laughter took place and imagination was acceptable. The elements that were in the movie provoked even Arabs to some neglected details that no one noticed before. As many other cultures, Yemeni culture seems to be so rich that left the audience just wanting more after the movie ended. The flow of the plot layers helped in resolving the climax and reaching to a very smooth end were the viewer was still under a spell of an important question.

I liked the movie a lot and I'm waiting for its DVD to release.


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