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
Andreas Robichaux ...
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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Short | Drama | War

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18 January 2008 (USA)  »

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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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Rooting for the Bad Guy
27 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most challenging thing about this film was that you found yourself rooting for the bad guy. After you see everything that Rabia has gone through in her life -- how she has been rejected by one man after another culminating with her husband (played by an actor from the film THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) throwing her out of the house because Rabia is infertile, you almost want her to succeed in her terrorist endeavor. I also admired that she wanted to show the men of her community (who had so rejected her) that she could fight for Palestine too, that she doesn't have to be a man to help the cause. I'm surprised that a man wrote this. It shows great insight into being a woman, a strong woman challenged by mediocre circumstances. I know a lot of people who would be offended by the content, but it is dealt with in a very thoughtful way, and I think it just shows how the cruelties of society can cause terrorism. Regardless, it's a good story at the end of the day -- with great cinematography, great acting, especially by the lead actress, and great direction.


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