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POETESS, THE

POETESS, THE
© Brockhaus/Wolff

Hissa Hilal is the voice from behind the veil. Her weapon is her word. Hissa is a self-taught writer and she says what she thinks. She decides to take part in the "Million's Poet" show, an Abu-Dhabi based TV show. It is the Arab world's biggest poetry competition, and it is dominated by men. Hissa works herself up, becoming the first woman in the finals. In her poems she criticizes the patriarchal Arab society and she attacks one of the most notorious Saudi clerics for his extremist fatwas, live, in front of 75 million viewers. We’ll never see Hissa's face. Like the majority of Saudi women, Hissa is covered from head to toe. She is not allowed to drive a car. She doesn’t own a passport. And she requires consent from her husband for any sort of activity. Coming out of nowhere, the housewife Hissa is suddenly breaking news in the biggest Western and Arab media. How did she gain the knowledge and the courage to step on stage and risk her life? This is Hissa's story.


Stefanie Brockhaus was born in Munich. After studying Film at the London University, she studied at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her films include: JAM (short, 2003), THE CHILD WITHIN (short, 2009), ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE (doc, 2010, in co-direction with Andreas Wolff), SOME THINGS ARE HARD TO TALK ABOUT (doc, 2017), and THE POETESS (doc, 2017, in co-direction with Andreas Wolff).

Andreas Wolff became a professional windsurfer at the age of 17. He studied at the USC Graduate School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and at the University of Television and Film in Munich. His films include: RESONANCE (2000), ONE WAY OR THE OTHER (short, 2006), SON LOST (short, 2006), ON THE OTHER SIDE OF LIFE (doc, 2010, in co-direction with Stefanie Brockhaus), THE CAPTAIN AND HIS PIRATE (doc, 2013), and THE POETESS (doc, 2017, in co-direction with Stefanie Brockhaus).
Genre Society, Women
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2017
Directors Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
Cinematography Tobias Tempel, Stefanie Brockhaus
Producer Andreas Wolff
Production Company Brockhaus/Wolff Films
Length 90 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 Arabic
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Locarno 2017 (Semaine de la Critique), IDFA 2017, Dubai 2017, One World Prague 2018, Sydney 2018, Seattle 2018
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Sanad Abu Dhabi

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