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A New Day in Old Sana'a (2005)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 10 November 2006 (USA)
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 ... 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


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


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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mia nea mera stin palia Sana'a  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$401, 12 November 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$401, 12 November 2006
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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On the first day of shooting in Feb. 2004, a group of Islamic extremists stormed the set and stopped production. Soldiers had to guard the set after this incident. See more »

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A New Day for Yemen
9 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

A magical movie about the only world heritage site that is a complete city. I was in Yemen in 2005 in the area of Sana'a the film was made in. Indeed Sana'a is exactly as it is seen in this film! A secret treasure for a fearless traveler! If you are interested in the places in the world the media ignores (or has an agenda against) then this movie is for you! A New Day in Old Sanaa will give you a glimpse not just into a nearly forgotten way of life still very much thriving in Yemen but the film also shows the very hidden (especially to males) world of women in Yemen. A uniquely Arabic story line reveals in this movie something Hollywood or even Bollywood can't grasp - the dignity of unknown places and a forgotten way of life seamlessly merged and existing with modernity. This is not a travel film but the film will take you on a magic carpet ride to an actual place that not many travelers find! A literal and thriving Shangri-la from the Lost Horizons of Arabia! See this movie and see if you aren't ready to find your own passage to Sana'a!

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