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The Burdened

The Burdened

The Burdened

Dir. Amr Gamal
90 min

Isra’a and Ahmed and their five children are engaged in a daily struggle against poverty in war-torn Yemen. When they discover that Isra’a is pregnant, they scrape together their meager funds to procure an abortion, against all odds. Yemen's official submission for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.

Aden, Yemen 2019: civil war has been raging for five long years. Isra’a and Ahmed are in a constant battle to provide for their five children–putting food on the table, dealing with daily power outages, and finding gasoline for their van makes life a minute-by-minute struggle. When they discover that Isra’a is pregnant, they scrape together their meager funds they think they will need to procure an abortion. In this case, money proves to be the least of their worries as the bureaucratic labyrinth and the country’s strict social mores drive the family to the brink.

Film Details

Release Year: 2023
Runtime: 90 min
Country/Region: Yemen, Sudan, Saudi Arabia
Language: Arabic
Print Source: Films Boutique
Tags: Drama, Family, Oscar Submission, SWANA Stories, Women

Cast/Crew

Director: Amr Gamal
Producer: Mohsen Alkhalifi, Amr Gamal
Cinematographer: Mrinal Desai
Screenwriter: Mazen Refaat, Amr Gamal
Editor: Heba Othman
Composer: Chen Ming-chang
Principal Cast: Khaled Hamdan, Abeer Mohammed, Samah Alamrani

Showtimes

The Main 5

Monday, April 15th