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Inshallah a Boy

After her husband's death, Jordanian Nawal becomes embroiled in a complicated legal battle surrounding her husband's inheritance.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Inshallah a Boy

Jordanian family law clearly states: when a man dies without leaving behind a son, not his wife, but his wider family are entitled to his property. This is the situation Nawal finds herself in. Shortly after her husband's death she becomes embroiled in a legal battle with her brother-in-law Rifqi who expresses his claim on her home. It is a battle she cannot afford to lose, given the far-reaching consequences for her and her daughter. In desperation, she resorts to faking a pregnancy, which grants her an extension of about nine months.

Amjad Al Rasheed's social realist feature debut is a powerful indictment of the systematic oppression of girls and women in Jordan. Al Rasheed speaks from experience, having seen a close family member land in a similar situation. The first-ever Jordanian film to premiere at Cannes.

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