After Receiving Massive Acclaim from Critics and Audiences in Its World Premiere
Factory Girl Wins Best Actress for Yasmine Raies and the FIPRESCI Awards in Dubai International Film Festival
Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl garnered the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award for Arab Feature Films, and received the Best Actress award for Yasmin Raeis, who plays the leading role, after participating in the Muhr Arab Feature Competition within the framework of the 10th Dubai International Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere.
After the announcement of the award, Producer Mohamed Samir expressed his happiness winning this award: "I am so happy that DayDream's feature debut is directed by the great Mohamed Khan, and I'm really glad that the film received such a heartily praise and appreciation. The film was crowned by winning two awards from one of the most prestigious film festivals in the MENA region, especially that the competition was very fierce as there were several good participant films".
Factory Girl marks the great Director Mohamed Khan's comeback to filmmaking after seven years of absence. It is the result of a fruitful cooperation with Producer Mohamed Samir's DayDream Art Production, and had the support of seven international filmmaking entities.
The festival's closing ceremony was attended by Director Mohamed Khan along with Producer Mohamed
Samir, Scriptwriter Wessam Soliman, and the film star Yasmin Raeis.
Factory Girl is the first feature production by Mohamed Samir's DayDream Art Production. The film is regarded as one of the most successful co-operative stories of an independent film project in the Arab filmmaking scene. Factory Girl received financial support from a big number of international filmmaking entities, with a total of seven entities supporting the film including: Dubai International Film Festival's Enjaaz Fund, Abu Dhabi Film Festival's Sanad Fund, GIZ institution, Global Film Initiative, Women in Film Foundation and the Ministry of Culture's Filmmaking Fund.
Samir has formed a different kind of partnership, co-producing Factory Girl with WIKA for Film Production and Distribution (Harag w' Marag) and Middlewest Films (In Search of Oil and Sand and Villa 69).
Starring Yasmin Raeis, Hany Adel, Salwa Kahttab, Salwa Mohamed Ali, in addition to a number of new talents,Factory Girl tells the story of Hiyam, a young factory worker, lives in a lower-middle-class neighborhood, along with her co-workers. She is clearly under the spell of Salah, the factory's new supervisor, who has expressed his admiration for her. She believes love can transcend the class differences between them. However, when a pregnancy test is discovered in the factory premises, her immediate family and close friends accuse her of sinning. Hiyam decides not to defend herself and pays an enormous price in a society that fails to accept independent women. Factory Girl examines the changes that take place in her life over the four seasons of the year. From falling in love to facing heartbreak, her life comes around full circle by the end of the year.