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The Girls who Burned the Night من يحرقن الليل

The film follows two young sisters in an engagement night after one of them decides to go the grocery shop but gets denied, which leads to unexpected turn of events in a violent way that pushes them to discover themselves, each other and their environment.

  • Sara Mesfer
    Director
  • Jowaher Alamri
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Student
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 8 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    Saudi Arabia
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Cairo International Film Festival
    Cairo
    Egypt
    December 8, 2020
    International - Middle Eastern Premiere
    Jury Special Mention
Director Biography - Sara Mesfer

Sara Mesfer is a Saudi Director based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She holds a bachelor degree in Cinematic Art from Effat University, Saudi Arabia.

She started her journey working in different roles in films that participated in local and international film festivals. In 2018 she wrote and directed her first short film “Balcony". In 2019 she Wrote and Produced “Quareer Chapter Three” A short film that is part of a Collective Feature Film that highlights five different stages of a woman’s life in Saudi Arabia.

Sara Wrote and Directed her short “The Girls who Burned The Night” Which got the Jury Special Mention award in Cairo international Film festival in its 42nd edition. Sara’s latest is her participation as a Writer and Director of “Al Dabah” in “Becoming” Omnibus Feature with four female directors by the support of Red Sea international film Festival in 2020.

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Director Statement

I was Thirteen years old when I first realized how much I hate the place I live in. I was always mad. People used to ignore my madness since I’m only thirteen and for sure “I’ll be delicate once I grow up”, they said. I was sixteen years old when I locked myself in the house for one whole year -except from school- to protest against something my family wanted me to do it when I didn’t want to. I believed as everyone else that I would grow up and change the world. I would be stronger than the classic that says, people grow up, they let go and give up. Seven years later, Part of me got weaker. That part realized why the people who I didn’t want to be like them ended up that way. I realized that the more you grow up the more you got things you are afraid to lose, so you get weaker. I hated knowing that or I would say, my Thirteen years old version hated knowing that. So she made this film as a reminder for me. To stay, mad.