Withered Green + Photo + Departure


The Main 3 Thu, Sep 28, 2017 5:20 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Senior (Box Office Only):$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Family Drama
Culture & Society
Social Justice
Release Year:2016
Runtime:73 min
Festivals & Awards:Best Director, DIFF
w/ English subtitles
Director:Mohammed Hammad
Producer:Mohammed Hammad
Mohammed El Sharqawi
Kholoud Saad
Screenwriter:Mohammed Hammad
Editor:Mohammed El Sharqawi
Mohammed Hammad
Principal Cast:Heba Ali
Asmaa Fawzi
John Ekram Hanna
Tamer Abdel Hamid


Iman (Heba Ali), a 34-year-old woman living in Cairo, is helping her younger sister Noha (Asmaa Fawzi) prepare to get married. In the absence of their parents, and in order to uphold tradition, Iman is forced to find a man from the family to give her sister away. However, beset by divisive social tensions, unexpected health problems, and contentious family negotiations, this proves to be more difficult than she anticipated. A compelling social drama that draws attention to the disconnect between traditional values and modern life, the film tells a familiar story about being a woman in a man’s world. Ali’s performance brilliantly captures the particular ways Egyptian women navigate a culture dominated by men.

Director’s Biography

Mohammed Hammad is an Egyptian director. He has written and produced many short films including The Fifth Pound (2006), Central (2008), and Pale Red (2010), which won several international awards. He has served as a juror for the Cairo International Film Festival and the Ismailia International Film Festival. Withered Green (2016) is his first feature film.

Screening with Short Films:


Dir. Sawsan Al-Areeqe
2014 | Yemen | No Dialogue | 4 min

SYNOPSIS: A man poses for a photo. Three women stand behind like a backdrop until one of them steps out of the shadows.

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY: Sawsan Al-Areeqe was born in Yemen. She works as a research assistant at the Yemeni Center for Studies and Research. She is a journalist, a filmmaker, and a poet.


Dir. Ibi Ibrahim
2017 | Yemen | Arabic with English subtitles | 9 min

SYNOPSIS: Departure is a short film that recounts the struggle of Yemenis displaced by ongoing war. In the film, bird migrations visually represent the current status of the Yemeni citizen, living in exile and in a constant state of waiting.

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHY: Ibi Ibrahim is a multimedia artist from Yemen. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and is part of various public collections, including the Barjeel Art Foundation and Colorado College.



Mizna's twelfth Twin Cities Arab Film Fest offers an eclectic program of compelling and provocative contemporary narrative, documentary, and short films made by Arab filmmakers from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Tunisia, and more.

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