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The Poetess
The inspirational and uplifting story of Hissa Hilal, a Saudi Arabian housewife who entered a high-profile poetry competition on TV, ‘Million’s Poet’. It’s the Arab world’s biggest poetry competition and in a part of the world where poetry is very much a live and thriving art form, competition is intense. Facing down a barrage of predominantly male rivals, self-taught poet Hissa not only makes it through to the finals, but declaims a poem of female empowerment and emancipation.
2017 / Arabic, English and French dialogue with English subtitles / Colour and Black & White / 88 mins
Genre: Non-fiction
Programme: Arabian Nights
Premiere: MENA Premiere
Rating: PG
Contains: Requires Parental Guidance
Director: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
Producer: Andreas Wolff
DOP: Tobias Tempel, Stefanie Brockhaus
Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich, Anja Preseren
Composer: Sebastian Zenke
Cast: Hissa Hilal
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