Inshallah a Boy

Powerful Jordanian drama about a 30-year-old widow who has to fight for her inheritance because she never gave her late husband a son.

Please note that this film is in Arabic, with Dutch subtitles.
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Marking the arrival of a sensitive and astute new voice in cinematic realism, INSHALLAH A BOY is the rousing debut feature by Jordanian director Amjad Al Rasheed, grounded in a wrenching lead performance from Palestinian actor Mouna Hawa. The narrative is set in motion when Nawal is left facing poverty after the sudden passing of her husband. In the absence of any formal inheritance agreement, her brother-in-law Rifqi is quick to swoop in under the auspices of current inheritance laws to exercise his claim on not just the couple’s apartment, but guardianship of Nawal’s young daughter Nora as well. The only way to forestall the seemingly inevitable eviction is if Nawal can give birth to a son, a desperate objective that forces her into a series of rash situations that challenge not only her faith but also the limits of her strength.

At once contained and quietly kaleidoscopic, INSHALLAH A BOY offers a cultural cross-section of contemporary Amman – from the wealthy Christian household where Nawal works and where she is brought together with a woman experiencing a personal crisis that could help her situation – to cramped legal offices and back-alley clinics.

With a lucid eye, Al Rasheed effectively captures Nawal’s mounting claustrophobia, as immediate and extended family, neighbours, and even a mouse that has taken over her kitchen, box her into an ever-tighter space. But it is in the film’s profound moments of solidarity where Al Rasheed offers glimmers of hope and possibility.

Amjad Al Rasheed, Jordanië, France, Saoedi-Arabië, Qatar, Egypt, 2023, 113 min. Arabic spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Mouna Hawa, Haitham Alomari, Yumna Marwan, Salwa Nakkara, Mohammed Al Jizawi, Eslam Al-Awadi..