LOOKING FOR SA’ADAH
Documentary / Development Funding
Palestine, Sweden \ Arabic \ 70 minutes
Director: Areen Omari
Swedish Co-producer: Linda Mutawi
Production Company: Fikra
Fatima, my mother, is over 80 years old. She’s looking for a copy of an old American Movie called “Son of Solam” in which she claims to have played the lead role when she was only 14 years old. Fatima says that her name in the film was “Sa’adah”, a Bedouin girl in love with a young man from the village of peasants who she ends up marrying.
Looking for Sa’adah is the journey to find the film through my mother’s individual memory, an essential part of our people’s collective memory.
Born in Nazareth, Areen Omari is a Palestinian filmmaker, actress and producer. She’s acted in theatre and in award winning films that have toured international and regional film festivals and has participated in regional and international juries. She established in 1995, a Cinema Production Center in Ramallah with the Palestinian filmmaker Rashid Masharawi to support the local cinema industry and young filmmakers. Omari is now working on her feature documentary “Looking for Sa’adah”
Founder of “Fikra”, Linda is a film producer with a multicultural background, she has worked in the UK, Jordan, Dubai and now Sweden. Throughout her career she has worked on various types of projects ranging from Hollywood features to current affairs documentaries. Linda has served as a film commissioner in Jordan, managed the Jordan Film Fund, participated in the PGA’s diversity workshop, as well mentored an EU theatre programme. She is currently involved in various international projects as producer and co-producer. Strong themes in Linda’s work include the search for identity and the concept of home.