October 21-23, 2011
Arab Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA
Opening Night LA
October 21, 2011
"Egyptian Maidens" ("Bentein men misr")
Director: Mohamed Amin
Starring: Zeina, Seba Mubarak and Eyad Nassar
Feature Film | Egypt | 2010 | 130 min.
Unmarried cousins Hanan and Dalia are facing a huge dilemma on the verge of their 30th birthdays: how to still find a husband at their age. They experience the clash between predominating traditional views on female dignity and their own emotional needs. In a male dominated society like Egypt, marriage is still the most important precondition for women to gain respect, a certain amount of personal freedom and the right to explore their sexuality. In order to get these rights, they have to comply with a rigid set of values. However, the reward is not always guaranteed.