Nada’s Revolution

“The revolution took away the fear. We learned we can change things if we want to.” This was Nada Ahmed’s experience of the revolution that deposed Mubarak in 2011 and that’s when she decided to make her old dream come true: work with children’s theatre. The country is paralyzed by political turmoil, caught between the old traditions and modernization. Nada’s religious family is not happy with her being nearly thirty and unmarried. When Nada finally finds love and feels ready to marry she is confronted with the question: will she be free to engineer her own life within that institution?”

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Claudia Lisboa

Claudia Lisboa is born in Diamantina, Brazil. She lives and works in Stockholm and Amsterdam. Over the past 20 years Claudia directed many (short) films and commercials. Her latest documentary was Beauty Refugee, a film about her Brazilian family; almost every member of the clan has gotten to know the knife of her plastic surgeon-brother Sergio. Claudia calls herself a “beauty refugee” and lives in Sweden, far away from the obsessions of her Brazilian family.

2009 Beauty Refugee 59 min (HD)

Production Hysteria Film AB
Financed by SVT, SFI, Arts Grant (Sweden), Nordic Film & TV Fund
in co-production with NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland)
Distribution Kloos und Co – Germany


Written and directed Claudia Lisboa
Research, camera and sound Claudia Lisboa
Interpreting, translating, dramaturgy Nisrine Mbarki
Editor Milika de Jonge,Tell Aulin, Claudia Lisboa
Music, sound editing, and mix Per-Henrik Mäenpää
Colour grading Emil Eriksson
Graphic design Sander Brouwer
Executive producer Julia van Schieveen, Pim Imenkamp
Co-Producer Laika Film Andreas Rocksén, Erik Sandberg
Co-Producer Film I Väst Anthony Muir
Commissioning editor IKON Margje de Koning, Barbara Wiessing
Commissioning editor SVT Axel Arnö
Produced by Frank van den Engel

This production was supported by Mediafonds and Svenska Filminstitutet.
Produced by Zeppers Film in co-production with Laika, IKON, SVT, Film I Väst.

Distribution Company Women Make Movies