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Scales

Directed by Shahad Ameen

UAE, Iraq, Saudi Arabia / 74 mins / PG13 – Some Disturbing Scenes

Southeast Asian Premiere

Scales

Sayidat Al Bahr

Southeast Asian Premiere

Directed by Shahad Ameen
UAE, Iraq, Saudi Arabia / 74 mins / PG13 – Some Disturbing Scenes

SYNOPSIS

A fishing community believes that sacrificing a daughter from every family will appease the sea creatures for good harvest. Hayat, saved from this ritual by her father 12 years ago, lives in shame among the villagers who believe she has cursed them. Determined to prove them wrong, Hayat hunts for the monsters to carve out her own path.

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Shot in black and white against Oman’s picturesque coastline, Shahad Ameen’s debut feature film puts forth a strong statement: no girl should have to accept her fate at the hands of patriarchy. Baseema Hajjar who plays young Hayat puts up a stunning performance in a male-dominated cast. Pairing fantasy with gender equality, Scales is an important inclusion in contemporary Arab cinema.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Shahad Ameen was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Her short films include Leila’s Window (2011) and Eye & Mermaid (2013), which screened at film festivals in Dubai, Toronto and Stockholm. Her first feature film, Scales world premiered in competition at the 76th Venice Film Festival, where it won the Verona Film Club Award.

CAST & INFORMATION

Year:

2019

Language(s):

Arabic

Producer:

R. Paul Miller, Stephen Strachan, Rula Nasser, Ben Ross

Cast:

Baseema Hajjar, Ashraf Barhoum, Yagoub Al Farhan

Screenwriter:

Shahad Ameen

Contact Company:

Image Nation Abu Dhabi

Contact Email:

SCREENING INFO

National Museum of Singapore
Thu, 28 Nov 2019 / 7:00 PM
Oldham Theatre
Fri, 29 Nov 2019 / 4:30 PM

*Filmmaker in attendance (28 Nov)

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