Embark on a week-long cinematic odyssey with Muslim Pro’s new weekly plan, where each day unfolds a new award-winning title for the whole family to enjoy. From the sacred walls of Al-Aqsa to the poignant tales of family dynamics, we’ve carefully curated seven award-winning films to make your upcoming week a delightful blend of entertainment and enlightenment.
Buckle up as we dive into a curated collection of cinematic wonders, ensuring your week is filled with inspiration, reflection, and a touch of laughter. Get ready to make your days extraordinary with these seven compelling films, taking you on a memorable ride from the start of the week to the weekend.
1. One Night in Al-Aqsa
Kickstart your week with the spiritually enriching “One Night in Al-Aqsa“.
Directed by the acclaimed Abrar Hussain, this documentary takes you on an immersive journey through the Al-Aqsa Compound in Jerusalem. Narrated by Tony Harris, the film unveils the spiritual and historical significance of this revered Islamic holy site during the Night of Power, providing a unique glimpse into the lives of those who live and work there.
From the multi award-winning director of “One Day in The Haram”, this film offers not only a visual spectacle but also a profound exploration of the spiritual history and modern workings of one of Islam’s most important institutions.
Director: Abrar Hussain
Genre: Faith, Travel & Culture, Documentary
Awards: Abrar Hussain won Production of the Year at the World Hajj and Umrah Convention (2018), Media and Arts Award at the British Muslim Awards (2019)
2. Under The Smokey Roof
On Tuesday, delve into the complexities of family dynamics and familial bonds with “Under The Smokey Roof”. Directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh, this emotionally charged drama follows Shirin’s quest for self-discovery amidst family challenges and emotional divorce.
The star-studded cast, including Merila Zarei and Farhad Aslani, delivers a compelling narrative that explores the complexities of communication breakdown within families, offering viewers a reflective and relatable experience.
Winner of multiple awards, including Best Actress at the Fajr Film Festival (2017) and Best Feature Film at the London Iranian Film Festival (2017), this film stands as a testament to its excellence in storytelling and emotional depth.
Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh
Award: Best Feature Film at the London Iranian Film Festival (2017)
3. Bilal: A New Breed of Hero
Midweek takes a turn towards animation and faith with “Bilal: A New Breed of Hero”. Directed by Khurram H. Alavi and Ayman Jamal, this animated masterpiece breathes life into the thousand-year-old journey of Bilal, a young boy abducted and thrust into a world dominated by greed and injustice.
The film, featuring a stellar cast including Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and China Anne McClain, portrays a captivating story of courage, justice, and the power to effect change. “Bilal” is also the first feature-length animated film from the United Arab Emirates that won “Best Inspiring Movie” on Animation Day at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, as well as “Best Innovative Movie” at the BroadCast Pro Middle East Award 2016.
Directors: Khurram H. Alavi, Ayman Jamal
Genre: Kids, Animation, Faith
Award: Best Inspiring Movie at the Cannes Film Festival Animation Day (2016) and Best Innovative Movie at the BroadCast Pro Middle East Award (2016)
4. A Cube of Sugar
As the week progresses, immerse yourself in the charm of a traditional Iranian village with “A Cube of Sugar.” Directed by Reza Mirkarimi, this drama unfolds during Pasandideh’s wedding, revealing family secrets that cast a profound impact on the unfolding narrative.
The film, winner of the Best Fiction Feature Film at the IBAFF International Film Festival (2013), offers a rich tapestry of cultural exploration, providing viewers with an engaging and visually stunning experience. “A Cube of Sugar“ not only captivates with its storytelling but also serves as a cultural window into the traditions of an Iranian village.
Director: Reza Mirkarimi
Award: Best Fiction Feature Film at the IBAFF International Film Festival (2013)
5. Twenty One Days Later
Welcome the weekend with “Twenty One Days Later”, a film that won the Special Jury Award at the International Film Festival For Children and Youth KINOLUB – Poland (2018). Directed by Mohammadreza Kheradmandan, this drama follows Morteza’s quest to fulfill his late father’s dream, navigating obstacles with resilience and determination.
The film offers viewers a narrative filled with inspiration, perseverance, and the triumph of the human spirit. “Twenty One Days Later“ stands as an award-winning piece of cinema and also serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience that resides within every individual.
Director: Mohammadreza Kheradmandan
Genre: Drama, Kids
Award: Special Jury Award at the International Film Festival For Children and Youth KINOLUB – Poland (2018)
6. The Weeping Willow
As Saturday dawns, immerse yourself in the profound narrative of “The Weeping Willow.” Directed by Majid Majidi, this drama unfolds the story of Yussef, a literature professor living in darkness due to an injury that caused him to be blinded at a young age. Now, an almost fatal disease threatens to change the course of his life all over again.
Winner of Best Film at the Fajr International Film Festival, Iran (2005), the film presents a poignant exploration of life’s challenges, resilience, and the transformative power of human spirit. “The Weeping Willow“ is not just a film; it’s a cinematic masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of sight and delves into the depths of the human experience.
Director: Majid Majidi
Award: Best Film at the Fajr International Film Festival, Iran (2005)
Bring the whole family together and conclude your week with “Barakat,” a heartwarming blend of comedy and drama directed by Amy Jephta. As an aging matriarch, Aisha Davids faces challenges to reunite her fractured family during Eid-al-Fitr, leading to a big reveal.
Winner of the Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Directing in a Feature Film in 2022, “Barakat” promises a Sunday filled with laughter, love, and poignant family connections. The film captures the essence of familial bonds, the celebration of diversity, and the joy found in unexpected revelations. “Barakat” serves as a testament to the enduring power of family ties.
Director: Amy Jephta
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Award: Golden Horn Award for Best Achievement in Directing in a Feature Film in 2022
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Written by Nurul Mimsy
Nurul Mimsy is a Muslim food and travel blogger hailing from Malaysia and raised in Singapore. With a camera in one hand and iced coffee in the other, she crafts Muslim-friendly content on her blog and social media. Join Nurul on her journey to discover Allah’s beautiful world.