Inshallah a Boy
Jordanian family law clearly states: when a man dies without leaving behind a son, not his wife, but his wider family are entitled to his property. This is the situation Nawal finds herself in. Shortly after her husband's death she becomes embroiled in a legal battle with her brother-in-law Rifqi who expresses his claim on her home. It is a battle she cannot afford to lose, given the far-reaching consequences for her and her daughter. In desperation, she resorts to faking a pregnancy, which grants her an extension of about nine months.
Amjad Al Rasheed's social realist feature debut is a powerful indictment of the systematic oppression of girls and women in Jordan. Al Rasheed speaks from experience, having seen a close family member land in a similar situation. The first-ever Jordanian film to premiere at Cannes.
Q&As with director
Thu 24 Aug | 21:15 | De Balie
Fri 25 Aug | 19:00 | Cinema De Vlugt
Sat 26 Aug | 21:00 | Rialto De Pijp
Amjad AL RASHEED (1985, Jordan) is a director and writer with an MFA in Cinematic Arts. In 2016 was selected as one of Screen International’s Arab Stars of Tomorrow. He attended the 57th Berlinale’s Talent Campus before directing shorts that were nominated and awarded at Arab and international film festivals. Inshallah a Boy is his debut feature, and selected for Cannes 2023.