Henna Night (Egypt: 2015)


Sally El Hosaini

Cast list

Beatriz Romilly – Nour

Amber Rose Revah – Amina

Badria Timimi – Amina’s Mother


Music by – Gabriele Palmieri

Cinematography by - Sam Goldie

Film Editing by - Iain Kitching

Art Direction by -Helen Boyce

Makeup Department

Jwan Sharif ...         makeup artist

Julia Towns ...         makeup artist

Production Management

Marinella Abbondati ...         production manager

Samer Alwan ...         post-production supervisor

Sound Department

Tarn Willers ...         sound recordist

Camera and Electrical Department

Johann Cruickshank ...         gaffer

Andrew Trewartha ...         assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Julia Towns ...         costumes


Henna Night is a short love drama that takes place within a British Arab family. The film exposes the suffering and desire for freedom that is occasionally shared throughout the Muslim female community. It tells a story of two Muslim girls trapped in a world where the institutions of marriage and religion bind them like cages. What starts out as a simple release of the fear induced tension turns into a much darker romantic tale. The two women come closer together under the pressure of the moment and are able to overcome the nervous condition associated with their eventual path of monogamy.


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