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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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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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Beautiful film - the start of many to come from Yemen
22 April 2006 | by megladon8See all my reviews

The first film from Yemen is a beautiful romantic comedy, greatly outdoing anything to come out of Hollywood in this genre in years. Bader Ben Hirsi not only shows great skill and promise with his direction, but also in his writing, which was both poignant and funny. This film breaks a lot of barriers between Middle Eastern and Western culture, and is not only entertaining, but educational as to the lives of Middle Eastern people. It shows that people there have just as much passion, humor, love and imagination as they do anywhere else in the world, and that there are more similarities between Western and Middle Eastern cultures than there are differences. A NEW DAY IN OLD SANA'A is a great achievement not only for Bader Ben Hirsi, but for all of Yemen.

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