Germany / Saudi Arabia 2017, 90 min, Arabic and English, Hebrew & English subtitles
On stage in a talent show, Hissa Hilal exposes her soul but not her face. A Saudi poet and the only woman to ever make it to the finals of Abu Dhabi’s TV hit “Million’s Poet” (75 million viewers!), Hilal wears a burka that covers even her eyes and makes her way to the stage by touch.
Hilal, married and a mother of four, has been using a pseudonym, and never appeared on stage before. In her subversive, bold poetry, called by the host “a call for rebellion”, she criticizes the oppression of women and the aggression and religious extremism of the Arab world. In her eyes, she and all her countrywomen are living in a cage, and the ovations of the (exclusively male) audience empower her to break free.
With support of the Goethe-Institut Israel.
Previous Festivals: Locarno - Semaine de la Critique, IDFA
Production: Andy Wolff For Brockhaus / Wolff
Production Company: Hff Munchen
Editing: Anja Pohl, Hansjoerg Weissbrich
Cinematography: Tobias Tempel, Stefanie Brockhaus
Soundtrack: Christoph Von Schönburg
Music: Sebastian Zenke
Andreas Wolff became a professional windsurfer at the age of 17. After ten years of competing on the Windsurfers' World Pro Tour Andreas put an end to his career as an athlete and started working as an assistant on film sets in Germany and France. In 2006, he enrolled at USC's Graduate School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles. He continued his studies at HFF University for TV and Film Munich where he graduated in 2016.
Stefanie Brockhaus is an independent filmmaker from Munich, Germany. In 2002 Stefanie graduated from London College of Communications, University of the Arts with a BA in Film and Television. In 2016 Stefanie received her diploma in documentary directing from the Munich University of Television and Film (HFF). She has realized numerous documentaries as producer/director, both commissioned and independently, which have screened at international film festivals world wide and have won numerous awards. Stefanie has lived in London, Los Angeles, Cape Town and Munich. She is currently living in Marseille with her two children.