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.
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
Beautiful film - the start of many to come from Yemen
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.
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