3 p.m. EDT Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020
10 Days Before the Wedding (2018) dir. Amr Gamal
Free; $5 suggested donation
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Rasha and Ma’moon, a young Yemeni couple, were set to get married but the war of 2015 stood in the way of their wedding. After so much suffering, they try the best they can to make it happen in 2018. But yet again, obstacles appear—except this time it’s not the war, but its aftermath. From evacuating their homes to dealing with warring parties controlling certain areas to the economic crisis, the couple struggles to race against time to make sure the wedding of their dreams happens on time.
Following the screening we will be joined by director Amr Gamal for an intimate talkback hosted by Romooz Foundation director and current AANM artist-in residence Ibi Ibrahim.
Yemen / Drama / 120 minutes / Rated R for Explicit Language / In Arabic with English Subtitles
Amr Gamal (b.1983) is an independent Yemeni film and theatre director. In 2001, he received the President’s trophy in theatre script-writing; becoming the youngest Yemeni national to ever win this award at the age of eighteen. In 2005, Gamal established Khaleej Aden Theatre Troupe, the group responsible for reactivating the theatre scene since Yemen’s 1994 civil war. He wrote and directed 10 theatre productions between the years of 2005 and 2014. His play Ma’k Nazel became the first Yemeni production to be performed in Europe. In spring 2018, production began for his first feature film 10 days Before the Wedding. the film premiered in Aden during the summer, making it the first film to open commercially in Yemen since the last decade. The film continued to be screened for over 8 months, selling over 300,000 tickets and became Yemen’s official submissions to the Oscar in 2018. In Winter 2019, he began development of his next feature film. Amr Gamal lives and works in Aden.
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