Psychological Thriller | Running Time: 94 minutes
2023 / Arabic and English
Country: United Arab Emirates and Thailand
Nayla is the first UAE film director producer. She brings a wealth of experience and cultural knowledge to national and international projects.
Her latest film, The Shadow, caught the attention of noted producer, Jomon Thomas, for development into an international feature which will be called Three due to be released in 2023.
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ProducerJean-Charles Felix Levy, Nayla Alkhaja, Daniel Zirilli, Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki
CastJefferson Hall, Faten Ahmed, Noura Alabed, Saud Alzarooni
ScriptwriterNayla Alkhaja, Ben Williams
A psychological horror in which western and traditional Arab belief systems alternately clash and merge over a boy who is believed to be possessed. Ahmed (newcomer Saud Alzarooni) is being bullied at school and starts behaving strangely; his mother Maryam is persuaded by her sister that he must be cursed and takes him to a traditional healer, after which he has a cataclysmic nightmare and his condition only gets worse. A committed British doctor ( Jefferson Hall), initially sceptical about any claims of the “evil eye”, must set aside his beliefs and immerse himself in the boy’s own culture if he is to be saved. The film draws us into a fascinating world, where we may well question our own convictions.