6.1/10
137
9 user 4 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In the ancient city of Sana'a, true love is eternal See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mia nea mera stin palia Sana'a  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$401 (USA) (10 November 2006)

Gross:

$401 (USA) (10 November 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beautiful film - the start of many to come from Yemen
22 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The first film from Yemen is a beautiful romantic comedy, greatly outdoing anything to come out of Hollywood in this genre in years. Bader Ben Hirsi not only shows great skill and promise with his direction, but also in his writing, which was both poignant and funny. This film breaks a lot of barriers between Middle Eastern and Western culture, and is not only entertaining, but educational as to the lives of Middle Eastern people. It shows that people there have just as much passion, humor, love and imagination as they do anywhere else in the world, and that there are more similarities between Western and Middle Eastern cultures than there are differences. A NEW DAY IN OLD SANA'A is a great achievement not only for Bader Ben Hirsi, but for all of Yemen.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?