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Venice’s Final Cut Winner Talks ‘Inshallah a Boy’: ‘We Want to Address the Taboos, But Be Smart About It’

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Marta Balaga Amjad Al Rasheed’s feature debut “Inshallah a Boy” – co-produced by Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar – was awarded La Biennale di Venezia Prize at Final Cut, an industry program at the Venice Film Festival dedicated to films from African and Arab countries.

Shot in February, with mostly Jordanian crew, it was lensed by Kanamé Onoyama. In the story, a mother and a housewife – played by Mouna Hawa, known for “In Between” – has to face the sudden death of her husband.

According to the inheritance law, his family is entitled to most of her belongings, including the home she paid for herself – just because she doesn’t have a son.

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