The French Institute of Iraq will host the first national screening of “Haifa Street”

The film won a post-production grant from the Doha Film Institute.

Mohanad Hayal’s narrative feature film Haifa street will hold its first national screening in Iraq, its native country, on October 27 at 6 p.m. (GMT +3), Iraqi time, at the French Institute in Iraq, in the presence of the director, actors and producers.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the team.

The film won several international awards, including the Golden Olive branch award for best feature film at the fifth edition of the Jerusalem International Film Festival, the best film award at the Busan International Film Festival, the Laser Film award and the HAKKA Distribution in Takmil. Workshop of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Lab Award of the Asia Pacific Academy, Market Award at the Tribeca International Film Festival and the Cinescape Award, presented by Front Row at the Dubai International Film Festival. Additionally, the film won a post-production grant from the Doha Film Institute.

In addition, it sold out at the Zawya cinema in Egypt and was released in Tunisian cinemas.

Located in Baghdad in 2006, Haifa Street is a dangerous place. When Ahmed is dropped off there by taxi on his way to his beloved Suad’s house to ask for her hand in marriage, he gets shot by Salam, a young sniper who lives on the roof. Suad desperately tries to save Ahmed, but Salam stops anyone from approaching him at gunpoint. When his daughter Nadia gets help from their wily neighbor Dalal, all hell breaks loose under the ominous presence of the American occupation.

Directed by Mohanad Hayal and co-written with Hala Alsalman, Haifa street stars Asad Abdulmajeed, Yumna Marwan, Iman Abdulhassan and Ali Thamer, and produced by Sumerian Dream Productions. Wide Management manages global distribution, while MAD Solutions manages its distribution and marketing in the Arab world.

Mohanad Hayal was born in the south of Iraq in the city of Nasiriyah in 1985. He graduated from the cinema department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad. He has participated in many advanced cinema workshops in several countries around the world. He spent ten years working as an assistant director in many Arab feature films. He has also worked as a production manager for several short and feature films. Mohanad currently lives in Baghdad and heads the film production department at the Iraqi Ministry of Culture.

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