by Hisham Saqr
Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information
Since her husband went to jail, Hala has to face her suicidal thoughts alone. Her strength has to come from within as society does not help nor forgive a depressed woman - especially if she’s a mother.
Awards & Festivals
World Premiere at TIFF
Best Soundtrack at CineMed Film Festival in Montpellier
Hisham Saqr was born in Cairo and has more than ten years of experience as an editor in the Egyptian film industry. Saqr has worked with a number of acclaimed Egyptian directors. Certified Mail is his first feature film.
I made a film about the idea of loss and how one can surprisingly find the inner strength to deal with it. It is about how a normal person who is emotionally fragile copes with this; incomprehensible emotions such as anxiety and depression that lead to suicidal thoughts. I have personally gone through all these feelings and thoughts so I started to think: What if the main character was a woman who has just had a child? Society is asking a lot of her, especially when being a mother and having her own child adds much more to the illogical fear and anxiety of losing even her own new-born girl. These complex emotions and how she finds a way to cope with them is what I am examining in my film.
The Egyptian actress, also appearing in Media Luna’s Sheikh Jackson, first garnered the attention of a Western audience with a recurring role in FX drama show Tyrant.
She is known for the TV series Qabeel (2019), Kalabsh 2 (2018) and the movie Diamond Dust (2018).
DOP: Mostafa Sheshtawy
Editor: Hisham Saqr
Sound: Ibrahim Dessoky
Costume designer: Heba Hosny
Set designer: Hanan Crolos
Original score: Ahmed Saleh
Original Title: Bi ‘Elem El Wossoul | 95‘ | Colour | Audio 5.1 | Arabic OV | Egypt 2019
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