Essential Cinema: Children of Abraham/Ibrahim


Directed by Dina Amer

Egypt/France,, 2021, 1h 31min, DCP, In French and Arabic with English Subtitles

Essential Cinema  Children of Abraham/Ibrahim

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

This screening will be hosted by Nahid Siamdoust, author and Assistant Professor at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University Of Texas, Austin.

A dramatization of the true story of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a Parisian woman of North African descent who was falsely labelled Europe’s first female suicide bomber in the aftermath of a 2015 attack. Here, in a stunning debut from the Egyptian-American director Dina Amer, we see her difficult early life, her tumultuous family relations, and the choices that lead to her final hours.


Our annual Children of Abraham/Ibrahim series continues to look at films from an area rich in tumultuous history, art, and literature but often mired in war and misunderstanding among the three religions that trace their roots back to a shared progenitor — Abraham/Ibrahim. Filmmakers from the Middle East, North Africa, and the diasporic communities continue to hunt for a common humanity. We share in their efforts with our screening series, enhanced by guests and discussions. Films are selected from the most recent releases in Middle Eastern cinema. Presented in partnership with the University of Texas Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member from the department.

You Resemble Me still