THE POETESS

  • Feature
  • 2017
  • 89 Minutes
  • Germany
  • Language: Arabic and English and French

The inspirational and uplifting story of Hissa Hilal, a Saudi Arabian housewife who entered a high-profile poetry competition on TV, ‘Million’s Poet’. Facing down a barrage of predominantly male rivals, self-taught poet Hissa not only makes it through to the finals, but declaims a poem of female empowerment and emancipation.

Director: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff

Screenwriter: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff


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Awards

2017: Locarno International Film Festival/ Leipzig DOK Festival


Cast and Crew

Screenwriter: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff

DOP / Camera: Tobias Tempel, Stefanie Brockhaus

Editor: Hansjörg Weissbrich, Anja Preseren

Producer: Andreas Wolff

Cast: Hissa Hilal


Director

Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff

Stefanie Brockhaus and Andy Wolff are independent filmmakers from Munich, Germany.
Stefanie Brockhaus’ first short film JAM won the Lux Award for Best Experimental Film at the ICA in 2003. It was screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) and at film festivals in Sheffield and Clermont-Ferrand, among others.
Brockhaus’ feature documentary debut ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE, which she co-directed with Andy Wolff, had its US premiere at SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas (2010). It had its European Premiere at DOK Leipzig. It won jury awards at international film festivals like Milan, Ronda, Camden and DOKfest Munich.

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