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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.


Bader Ben Hirsi


Bader Ben Hirsi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nabil Saber Nabil Saber ... Tariq
Dania Hammoud Dania Hammoud ... Ines
Paolo Romano Paolo Romano ... Federico
Sahar Alasbahi Sahar Alasbahi ... Amal
Redha Khoder Redha Khoder ... Bilquis
Amal Ismail Amal Ismail ... Hesiba
Tawquir Iskandar Tawquir Iskandar ... Ravi
Najla Atef Najla Atef ... Gheda
Yehia Ibrahim Yehia Ibrahim ... The Chief of Police
Fawziya Al Asbahi Fawziya Al Asbahi ... Noor / Hajja
Faten Abdoub Rebic Al-Nabhani Faten Abdoub Rebic Al-Nabhani ... Maya
Ghaima Saleh Ghaima Saleh ... Amani
Mona Alasbahi Mona Alasbahi ... Khadija
Yemen Abdullah Yemen Abdullah ... Fathoum
Ousama Alhadi 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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In the ancient city of Sana'a, true love is eternal See more »


Drama | Romance


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UK | Yemen


Arabic | English

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mia nea mera stin palia Sana'a See more »

Filming Locations:

San'a, Yemen


Box Office

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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The Ministry of Culture granted a $40,000 subsidy after it approved the script. It would later barred the finished film from being shown in Yemen. See more »

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What An Amazing Film!
10 May 2006 | by ukpeterdouglasSee all my reviews

Yes, I saw this film too. I had no idea Yemen even existed. It was, or is, so beautiful. I have found out more about this film and it seems the filmmakers faced incredible difficulties. They deserve medals. I too agree that this film can help improve Western perceptions of the Middle East. We need to see more films like this - And why do we have to see films like this only at festivals? Why can't we see them in our local cinemas? Can't wait for it to come out on DVD and show my friends. I think Bader Ben Hirsi is one to watch and I hope he makes films in English too. All I can say is GO SEE THIS FILM - Its everything a film should be!

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