BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
In the shadow of a man

In the Shadow of a Man

ORIGINAL TITLE:
In the Shadow of a Man
Egypt / 2012 / 65 min
DIRECTOR:
Hanan Abdalla
Women’s right activism from inside the niqab.

The Arab Spring made it apparent that Egypt is going through a time of great social upheaval. IN THE SHADOW OF A MAN examines how Egyptian women reflect on the traditional relationship between the sexes in light of the wave of protest and activism that has recently swept the country. The female interviewees all agree that women should be given rights equal to those of men, but the fact that none of them dare say this while their husbands are around, proves that they still have a long road ahead of them.

Hanan Abdalla

HANAN ABDALLA was born in London in 1988, she studied politics and philosophy at Oxford University. After graduating in 2010 she attended film courses at the National Film and Television School among others. She has been in Egypt since 2011 where she has been documenting and participating in the ongoing revolution. IN THE SHADOW OF A MAN is her first featurelength documentary.