London-basedFelix Films Entertainment has kicked off a festival tour for
Intended to showWestern eyes a softer side of a country usually associated with terrorism, thefilm had its international premiere on Monday when it screened in competition atthe Cairo International Film Festival.
A New Day in Old Sana'a follows a tragic romance between an upper-classYemeni and a veiled, lower-class henna artist. The film has impressed criticsat the
Producers saythey are aiming for a limited release in art-house cinemas worldwide withsubsequent sales to television and release on DVD to recoup production costs.
Ben Hirsi, who was born in
A New Day in Old Sana'a's $1.4 million budget came entirely from Yemeni sources,with $450,000 put by a young Yemeni businessman, Mohammed Kohlani,who is credited as executive producer.
Obstaclesincluded relentless meddling at the highest levels of the