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Laila's Birthday (2008)

Eid milad Laila (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 9 April 2009 (Netherlands)
Abu Laila used to be a judge, but because the government doesn't have the means to renew his assignment he is forced to be a taxi driver. On the day his daughter Laila becomes seven years ... See full summary »


Rashid Masharawi


Rashid Masharawi (screenplay)

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Credited cast:
Mohammad Bakri ... Abu Laila (as Mohammed Bakri)
Areen Omari ... Um Laila
Nour Zoubi Nour Zoubi ... Laila
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Housam Abu Aishe Housam Abu Aishe ... Gas Station Employee
Valantina Abu Aq'ssah Valantina Abu Aq'ssah ... Woman in the Queue
Najah Abu El Heija Najah Abu El Heija ... Crying Widow
Ahmad Abu Sal'oum Ahmad Abu Sal'oum ... Second Taxi Driver
Khaled Al Masou Khaled Al Masou ... Employee of the Ministry of Justice
Rawan Ao'de Rawan Ao'de ... Student Couple
Mahmoud Awadd Mahmoud Awadd ... The Mechanic
Marwan Awadd Marwan Awadd ... Armed Man
Saleh Bakri ... Former Prisoner
Yahya Barakat Yahya Barakat ... Cake Seller
Badran Bedarin Badran Bedarin ... The Mechanic's Son
Mahmoud El Cheikh Mahmoud El Cheikh ... Passenger to the Factory Zone


Abu Laila used to be a judge, but because the government doesn't have the means to renew his assignment he is forced to be a taxi driver. On the day his daughter Laila becomes seven years old his wife insists that he'll be at home early and bring her a present and a cake. Abu Laila's has nothing else on his mind then completing this mission. But the daily life in Palestine has other plans. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 April 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

El cumpleaños de Laila See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramallah, Palestine See more »


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$92, 31 May 2009

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Absolutely endearing - especially for fathers and daughters everywhere
7 September 2008 | by vids249See all my reviews

I had the privilege of watching the world premiere of this Palestinian movie (English title - Laila's Birthday) at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. It is filmed in Ramallah and follows the life of one father in a war-torn country and his efforts to make his daughter's birthday a special one.

The director has intricately inter-weaved the humorous situation of the main character with the obvious tragedy that's a part of everyday life in Palestine, and created a movie that touches everyone, no matter where you're from. It is by no-means a serious movie nor a depressing one - it just teaches you to take life as it comes.

It's a must-watch for people who are willing to explore movies beyond Hollywood made by people from different cultures, and see what they have to offer to the world of films. Thank you, TIFF for bringing this beautiful film to me.

10/10 to Rashid for his moving film, Mohammed Bakri for his BRILLIANT acting, and TIFF for great taste!

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