The Alleys

  • 116'
  • Jordan
  • 2021

In the streets and alleys of Eastern Amman, relations between the locals are determined by rumours and violence. Hustler Ali and Lana, the daughter of a beauty salon owner, are passionately in love, but have to keep this hidden. When Lana’s mother, who disapproves of their relationship, falls victim to an unknown blackmailer who shows her a video of the young turtledoves, she turns for help to local gangster boss Abbas. This sets off a chain reaction of unforeseen, often shocking events involving several residents of the neighbourhood. And, has Ali made up his respectable foreign employer, or not?

Making his directorial debut, Bassel Ghandour translates his fascination for such close-knit communities into a story that could have come straight from the neighbourhood gossips. He chooses a hard-hitting, realistic style that gives free reign to the actors. The result is an effective combination of thriller and social drama, with room for a number of strong female characters who take control of their own lives.

Director
Bassel Ghandour
Country of production
Jordan
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
116'
Medium
DCP
Language
Arabic
Producers
Rula Nasser, Yousef Abed Alnabi
Production Companies
The Imaginarium Films, Bayt Al Shawareb
Sales
Elle Driver
Screenplay
Bassel Ghandour
Cinematography
Justin Hamilton
Editor
Eyad Hamam
Production Design
Rand Abdoul Nour, Anas Balawi
Sound Design
Rana Eid
Music
Nasser Sharaf
Cast
Emad Azmi, Baraka Rahmani, Munther Rayahnah, Nadira Omran, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadeem Rajwani, Mohammad Jezawi