A dramatic biopic based on Wafa Idris, Palestine's first female suicide bomber. The story chronicles the events of Idris's life, including an abusive past, with every event piecing together the feelings behind her tragic decision.

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Hanieh Jodat ...
Rabia
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Wafiq
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Umer
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Dareen
Raphael Fetta ...
Tariq
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Zahir
Gabriel Al-Rajhi ...
Ali
Korken Alexander ...
Bakr
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Lina
Aleek Aintablian ...
Little Rabia
Mera London ...
Sakina
Elizabeth Taheri ...
Seeme
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Farah's Daughter
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Yair - Israeli Soldier #1
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Gil - Israeli Soldier #2
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Rabia is a dramatic biopic based on Wafa Idris, Palestine's first female suicide bomber. Directed and written by Miguel Ali (aka Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan), the story chronicles the major events of Idris's life, including an abusive past, with every event piecing together the feelings behind her tragic decision. Rabia has screened at over 85 film festivals, winning over 35 awards, including recognition for its directing, writing, cinematography, editing, sound design and production design, and is currently being distributed worldwide by Elypse Films. Despite its controversial reviews, director Miguel Ali proudly maintains Rabia as an anti-terrorism film saying, "I don't think people are born evil. I believe we're all born innocent, even suicide bombers. But it's not that you have to be evil in order to commit a suicide attack, rather, you have to feel worthless. No matter what we tell ourselves, ultimately, every suicide bomber was still a human, and if we did more to understand what ... Written by Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan & Aaron Burns

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Rabia is a dramatic biopic based on Wafa Idris, Palestine's first female suicide bomber.

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$40,000 (estimated)
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In the opening scene, where Rabia walks into a Palestinian bazaar, $1,000 worth of fruit is laid out on all fruit stands. All fruit was purchased by Seeme Gull Hasan, Miguel Ali's mother, the day before shooting. See more »

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A must see film
4 January 2009 | by (Alpharetta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Director Muhammad Ali Hasan has taken on a tall order by trying to convince American viewers to empathize with a Muslim suicide bomber. Fortunately, he fulfilled that goal admirably by creating Rabia, a multifaceted character that viewers can make a deep connection with. As with most good films, this one is rooted with a powerful story written into a strong script. It also helps that Hanieh Jodat turns in a fantastic performance as the title character. The viewer can see her pain and inner struggles as she also struggles with outside forces trying to stop her from accomplishing her goal: one which we at the same time hope she doesn't accomplish, and that we hope she doesn't get arrested or killed trying to succeed at. This is a film that stimulates both the heart and the brain. I recommend it.


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