The Burdened
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The Burdened

by Amr Gamal

Secondary title
Al Murhaqoon
Section
Border Lines
Country / Year
Yemen, Sudan, Saudi Arabia / 2023
Duration
91 Min.
Languages
Arabic
Subtitles
GermanGerman
French
Genre
Drama
Tags
Human Rights
Family
Based on a True Story
Faith & Religion
Health
War
Official Oscar Entry 2024
Direction
Amr Gamal
Cast
Khaled Hamdan,
Abeer Mohammed,
Samah Alamrani,
Awsam Abdulrahman,
Shahd Algonfedy

Because of the civil war in Yemen, Isra'a and her husband Ahmed lack the financial means to support a fourth child, and are therefore forced to make the heart-breaking decision to terminate Isra'a's pregnancy. In doing so, however, they meet with a great deal of incomprehension from their social environment. With THE BURDENED, filmmaker Amr Gamal fictionalises a touching story that happened exactly the same way in his circle of friends. The sensitive drama gives an insight into a country where one of the most devastating civil wars in history is still raging. The rarity of films coming out of Yemen makes this a unique and valuable masterpiece.

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