By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz June 24, 2014 at 10:13PM
After its successful run in Egyptian theaters and 6 Arab countries, in addition to playing during Ramallah, Palestinian territories, Mohamed Khan's "Factory Girl" has taken part in several film festivals across the world including Shanghai International Film Festival, which launched June the 14 th, 2014, where the film competed in the Panorama section.
Director Mohamed Khan attended the screenings of the film as part of the Franco-Arab Film Festival in Jordan, which opened on June 15th, 2014. Following this, the film participated in the Arab Film Festival in Seoul, Korea, as the opening film of the festival which launched on June 19th, 2014. The film will then screen at the Med Film Festival in Italy, which starts on July 4th, 2014. The film screens as the opening night film.
Starting on June 16th, 2014, "Factory Girl" has been screened during Ramallah twice a day at Al-Kasaba Theatre and Cinematheque, until June 28th, 2014. The first screening will be at 06:00 pm and the second will be at 08:30 pm.
"Factory Girl" has played in local theaters for 13 weeks in a row, and it has secured successful release in Arab countries including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Lebanon.
The film had its world premiere at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival in 2013, where it earned the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award for the Arab Feature Competition, and the film's star Yasmin Raeis walked away with the Best Actress award, in the Muhr Arab Feature Competition.
Directed by Mohamed Khan, and written by Wessam Soliman, "Factory Girl" is produced by Mohamed Samir's Day Dream Art Productions. The film tells the story of Hiyam, a young factory worker who 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. the film 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.