Recently, the film has been commercially released into Saudi, and Kuwaiti theaters. Additionally, it opened theMalmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, and won the Audience Award at San Diego Arab Film Festival, USA.
It world premiered at Cairo International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and screened at Beirut International Women Film Festival and the first edition of Red Sea International Film Festival ( Arab Spectacular Section).
On a parallel note, DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN received wide acclaim from critics regionally and internationally. “The film is enjoyable and the script is peppered with plenty of laughs and nice set pieces,” Jay Weissberg wrote in The Film Verdict.
WhileAli Al Kashouti in Al Youm 7 described the film this way, "
A film that combines the freshness of director Zaid Abu Hamdan’s early works with the mature acting performance of Saba Mubarak’s and her sisters… every story can be turned into a feature film.”
Furthermore,Milad Hana Zaki wrote in Al Masry Al Youm, saying "The leading actress’s cry came to reflect Arab women’s situation regarding equal rights ” .
The film follows the storyline of Zainab who wakes up to a shocking discovery that could defame her in the neighborhood. She quickly calls for her sister’s aid. Yet, fiery Amaal has her own secret struggle and is not having her sister Samah, who is too busy to be there. Meanwhile, Khitam tries to focus on her own mission.
Written and directed by Zaid Abu Hamdan, DAUGHTERS OF ABDULRAHMAN stars Saba Mubarak, Farah Bsaiso, Hanan Al Hilo, Mariam Al Basha, and Khalid Al Tarifi.
It is produced by Pan East Media (Saba Mubarak & Aya Wuhoush), Lagoonie Film Production, Wika Production and Distribution, and Arab Media Network. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution in the Arab world.
The film received multiple funds, including Doha Film Institute development fund, the Jordan Film Fund of the Royal Film Commission development and production funds, as well as a fund from CineGouna Platform (post-production) at El Gouna Film Festival.
The film was also selected among the finalist projects at the Tribeca Film Festival - All Access program, and selected for RFC Rawi Screenwriters Lab..
Pan East Mediais a Jordanian production house, established in 2011 by Saba Mubarak and Aya Wuhoush with a main objective to create authentic audio-visual content in Jordan and to present first-rate artistic work on both regional and international levels.
In 2015, Saba moved the company's headquarters to the UAE and expanded the company's services to include cultural events management, talent management and entertainment production.
Moreover, the company aims to enrich the quality of the content delivered, and throughout the years it has created and developed several scenarios for both cinema and television.
Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Zaid Abu Hamdan holds an MFA from the New York Film Academy in Hollywood California. Zaid started his career working on international TV shows as an Assistant Director and Producer, including E!
Entertainment’s coverage of the Golden Globe and Academy Awards.
In addition, Zaid worked as a television reporter for Middle East Broadcast Corporation group (MBC Group) in Hollywood.
He also worked on directing reality and scripted shows such as Sesame Street, a competition that shows and mentors the Arab Film Studio program at Image Nation, Abu Dhabi.
Since 2009, Zaid has written and directed five award-winning and audience-acclaimed short films, including Bahiya & Mahmoud, which was the official Jordanian submission to the Academy Awards in 2012.