The film is Jordan's nomination for the 2024 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
Directed by Amjad Al-Rasheed, Inshallah A Boy (Inshallah Walad) had its international premiere at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival where it scored the Gan Foundation Award and the Rail D'Or Award for Best Feature Film.
The film also won Best Performance at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Best Actress at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, and Best Screenplay for a Narrative Feature Award at the Mystic Film Festival.
The 1hr 51min drama tells the story of Nawal, who, after the death of her husband, has to save her daughter and home in a society with inheritance discrimination. It is a film about "Jordan's inheritance culture under which women are pressured to relinquish their rights to property to male relatives," reads the film's brief.
A Jordanian director and writer born in 1985, Al-Rasheed holds an MFA in cinematic arts with a focus on directing and editing.
In 2016, he was selected by Screen International as one of five Arab Stars of Tomorrow – a list highlighting the up-and-coming young talents of the region.
He also attended the Talent Campus during the 57th Berlinale, after which he directed short films that garnered nominations and won prizes at various Arab and international film festivals.
His filmography includes The Parrot – a short film he co-directed in 2016 that was funded by the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, as well as Hit the Road (2011) and Bitter Days (2010).