Lollipop

directed by Zhang Yanyan

Narrative Short | 2017 | Saudi Arabia | 13 min | Arabic with English subtitles


A 14-year-old Saudi girl experiences the onset of puberty, which means she must begin wearing a full black Niqab, and when her tormentor at school swipes her jacket a case of mistaken identity exposes the perversity of that girl’s father.

Warning: blood


Hanaa Saleh Alfassi’s culturally diverse Moroccan and Saudi background and her travels to different countries has granted her a unique, well-rounded perspective of life that is prevalent throughout many of her works. In 2003, Hanaa studied filmmaking at the Academy of Cinema Arts and Technology under the tutelage of the lauded Egyptian writer and director Ra'afat Almihi. In 2005, she received her B.A. in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Ain Shams University in Egypt and her M.A. in Film and Media Production from New York Film Academy, Los Angeles campus. From a very young age, Alfassi has been creatively inclined, which ultimately led her down the path of becoming an award-winning writer and director with over a decade of expertise. She wrote, directed and produced several short films, resulting in numerous festival selections and awards, including a dark comedy The Last Sohour with over 20 official selections and two awards, a coming of age drama Lollipop Funded by Enjaaz, a Dubai Film Market Initiative. Furthermore, two of her short films Haweya (ID) and Hadaf (Goal) were aired on the renowned MBC TV and were watched by millions of viewers. Hanaa's an alumna of the renowned Rawi Screenwriters Lab 2017 that ran in collaboration with the Sundance Institute for 11 years. She collaborated with the prominent singer Abulrahman Mohammed to make his music video Resemblance which reached more than 8 million views on YouTube. Additionally, Hanaa is adept in Cinematography, where she works with 35mm, 16mm, and Digital Red Cameras, as she worked as the DOP for Mesh'al Aljasser’s short film Male Guardian's Dinner that surpassed 2 million views. Hanaa also produced a feature documentary KSA in their Eyes that was aired on several famous Arab TV networks.


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