Ancient laws and harsh patriarchal customs rule the life of newly widowed Nawal, whose grief at her young husband’s untimely death is compounded by the discovery that her home, possessions, and even custody of her little daughter are now the domain of her sly, greedy brother-in-law because she lacks a male child. Director Al Rasheed creates a tale of tenacious resistance based on a real life situation taken from his own family. While working as a lowly caregiver for a wealthy client, Nawal formulates a perilous plan to forestall the inevitable by faking a pregnancy. World Premier, Cannes International Film Festival; Toronto International Film Festival. In Arabic with English subtitles.
“With its gorgeous cinematography and incredible performance from Mouna Hawa, INSHALLAH A BOY proves that freedom is in the fight.”—Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry
“Moves like a sleek thriller, but is full of unsolved mysteries and dangling question marks of real life.”–Jessica Kiang, Variety