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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nabil Saber ...
Dania Hammoud ...
Paolo Romano ...
Sahar Alasbahi ...
Redha Khoder ...
Amal Ismail ...
Tawquir Iskandar ...
Najla Atef ...
Yehia Ibrahim ...
The Chief of Police
Fawziya Al Asbahi ...
Noor / Hajja
Faten Abdoub Rebic Al-Nabhani ...
Ghaima Saleh ...
Mona Alasbahi ...
Yemen Abdullah ...
Ousama Alhadi ...


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 »


Drama | Romance







Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mia nea mera stin palia Sana'a  »

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Opening Weekend:

$401 (USA) (10 November 2006)


$401 (USA) (10 November 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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finally they've made a film
31 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've watched this film also, at an Arab festival and as a Yemeni, it was great to finally see us on the big screen. it was excellently shot and although I'm not from the north, it does still holds a lot of the Yemeni traditions. the cinema was packed with Yemenis and it was good to watch a film and not needing to read the subtitles. its shows to the western worlds what our culture is like, and i must stress, it is "old San'a" its part of the capital Sania but its not the city. overall i enjoyed the films and we were able to have a q&a with the directors and they struggled a lot with the culture minster, oh Yemen can be backwards sometime, they thought they were filming a porn film, so in nearly every shot there was about 10 members of the army watching. it is the only film that has come out of Yemen and it was a good one to watch,I'm still waiting to buy it.

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