Nawara works as a housemaid for a wealthy family closely linked to the Mubarak regime. On the eve of the 2011 revolution, the family leaves the country temporarily and asks her to look after the villa. Flush with cash for expenses, Nawara and her fiancé Mustafa are soon enjoying a taste of life at the top. Her journey from the alleys of her poor neighborhood to the luxury compound brings with it an experience she could never have imagined. The sharp social commentary strongly questions the outcome of the revolution and the deeper class and cultural divisions that it brought to the surface.

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Critic Reviews (8)

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Variety

15 Mar 2017
8.0
Sharp social critique infuses the populist Egyptian cinema stylings of “Nawara,” a velvet-clothed yet biting commentary on how the poor always get screwed. Director-scripter Hala Khalil (“Cut & Paste”) sets her story just after the 2011 R ...
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The Hollywood Reporter

15 Mar 2017
6.0
Director Hala Khalil chronicles the aftermath of the Tahrir Square revolution on a young woman who works as a maid for Egypt’s elite. Hala Khalil, the award-winning director of Cut and Paste and one of the bright new voices in Egyptian cinema, brin ...
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Screen Daily

15 Mar 2017
7.0
Director Hala Khalil has a lot to say about Egypt post-Tahrir Square and 122 minutes is hardly enough to fit it all into the absorbing feature Nawara. This is a classic ‘women’s film’ in which life is tough for the determinedly cheerful Cairo m ...
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Identity Magazine

15 Mar 2017
8.0
Nawara (2015), Hala Khalil’s third feature film, undoubtedly took us on an ode of conglomerate feelings to the post January 25th Revolution when the filthy rich fled the country and the poor were screwed as always. Written and directed by Hala Khal ...
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Madamasr

15 Mar 2017
7.0
Having the habit of focusing most on acting isn’t always good when watching an “independent” film, but Nawara left me pleasantly surprised. Not just because of the exceptional performance of the otherwise commercial-movie actor Menna Shalaby, w ...
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Madamasr

15 Mar 2017
5.0
I found two elements of Nawara, a film centered on the revolution from its peripheries, fascinating: its feminist focus and its class commentary. It follows a naive, sweet-natured and ever-optimistic housekeeper Nawara, whose hard life doesn’t seem ...

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Release Date(s):

December 2015 (Dubai International Film Festival, United Arab Emirates)
March 23, 2016 (Egypt)
April 8, 2016 (Norway)
June 24, 2016 (Munich International Film Festival, Germany)

Cinematography:

Zaki Aref

Screenplay:

Hala Khalil

Editor:

Mona Rabei

Production Designer:

Hend Haider

Music:

Layal Watfeh

Production Company:

Red Star Production

Distribution:

Red Star Production

Language:

Arabic

Runtime:

122 minutes

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