Amra and the Second Marriage



Century Larkspur Sun, Oct 13, 2019 2:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:Saudi Arabia
Running Time:95 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Mahmoud Sabbagh
Producer:Mahmoud Sabbagh
Anas Batahaf
Screenwriter:Mahmoud Sabbagh
Cinematographer:Victor Credi
Editor:Emad Maher
Cast:Alshaima’a Tayeb
Sara Alshamik
Um Kalthom Sara
Zizi Alhariri
Print Source:El-Housh Productions
Note Writer:Margarita Landazuri


Following 2016’s Barakah Meets Barakah (Saudi Arabia’s first Oscar® submission), director Mahmoud Sabbagh returns with a perceptive comedy of about the gender wars in modern-day Saudi Arabia. The filmmaker underlines the contrast between the country’s blend of old and new by satirizing gender inequality in traditional middle class society. As told through the eyes of Amra, a wife and mother of two daughters, she appears to acquiesce to her husband taking a second wife who might provide the male heir their culture and his ego demands, but Amra finds subtly subversive ways to undermine him. Amra and the Second Marriage—the first Saudi film to screen at MVFF—is a hilariously rendered and thought-provoking commentary on the clash between the nation’s ancient traditions and its modern prosperity.

Thank you to our Community Partner the Arab Film and Media Institute!

Additional Information

Born in 1983 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mahmoud Sabbagh received his master’s degree in documentary filmmaking from the Columbia School of Journalism. After returning to Saudi Arabia, he worked as a newspaper columnist before embarking on Cash (2014), a 10-part web series. In 2015, he founded El Housh Productions, the first independent feature film production company to be based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His debut feature, Barakah Meets Barakah (2016), won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Film Festival. Amra and the Second Marriage (2018) is his second feature.