As I Want

by Samaher Alqadi

Egypt, France, Norway, Palestine, Germany
2021
88 min
OV Arabic, English - French subtitles
Feature film
Documentary
Color and Black & white
DCP

Samaher Alqadi will be attending

In competition 2021

Official synopsis

Cairo, January 25, 2013: a series of sexual assault takes place on Tahrir Square on the day of the second anniversary of the revolution. In response, a massive outpouring of enraged women fill the streets and Samaher Alqadi joins them. She brings her camera to protect herself in the battle and to document the protests of a growing Women’s Rebellion, not knowing where the story will lead her.

The programmer’s eye

In this documentary on a little-known aspect of recent History, the director collects words and builds her journey to motherhood. The strength of “As I Want” lies in the way it mixes personal questioning and an investigation on the causes of widespread female submission. A real contraband film, urgent and burning, as well as an awareness tool that makes you want to act. Rare cinema. — Natacha Seweryn

Biography and Filmography

A Palestinian filmmaker and screenwriter, Samaher Alqadi was born one of nine children and grew up in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. She first worked for the Palestinian Ministry of Culture before being accepted into the Egyptian Higher Institute of Cinema in Cairo. An emerging voice in Arabic documentary, she focuses on the evolving status of women and dissident artists in the Middle East. “As I Want” is her first feature-length documentary.

2021 - AS I WANT - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter
2012 - RAJA3’EEN (Short) - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter
2008 - GAMALAAT (Short) - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter
2008 - MOHAMED BAKRI (Short) - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter

Samaher Alqadi

Prophecy Films, Temps Noir, Integral Film, Idioms Film, Kaske Film

Filmotor

de Samaher Alqadi

A Palestinian filmmaker and screenwriter, Samaher Alqadi was born one of nine children and grew up in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. She first worked for the Palestinian Ministry of Culture before being accepted into the Egyptian Higher Institute of Cinema in Cairo. An emerging voice in Arabic documentary, she focuses on the evolving status of women and dissident artists in the Middle East. “As I Want” is her first feature-length documentary.

2021 - AS I WANT - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter
2012 - RAJA3’EEN (Short) - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter
2008 - GAMALAAT (Short) - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter
2008 - MOHAMED BAKRI (Short) - Samaher Alqadi - Director, Screenwriter