Cast and Cretits
Original Title / Saydat Al Bahr
English Title / Scales
Director / Shahad Ameen
Screenplay /Shahad Ameen
Cinematography / João Ribeiro, AIP
Editing / Shahnaz Dulaimy, Ewa Johansson-Lind, Ali Salloum
Music / Mike e Fabien Kourtzer
Sound / Laurent Chassaigne
Art Direction / Martin Sullivan
Costume Design / Hamada Atallah
Cast / Basima Hajjar, Ashraf Barhoum, Yagoub Alfarhan
Executive Production / Mohamed Al-daradji – Iraqi Independent Film Center
World Sales / Cinetic (North America), AGC (Rest of the world)
Format / B&W
Runtime / 74 min.
Set in a dystopian landscape, Scales is the story of a young strong-willed girl, Hayat, who lives in a poor fishing village governed by a dark tradition in which every family must give one daughter to the sea creatures who inhabit the waters nearby. In turn the sea creatures are hunted by the men of the village. Saved from this fate by her father, Hayat is considered a curse on the village and grows up an outcast. Nevertheless, she does not surrender to this fate and fights for a place within her village. After her mother gives birth to a baby boy, Hayat must accept the brutal custom of giving herself to the sea creatures or finding a way to escape.
Shahad Ameen (1988), was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production and Film Studies from the University of West London, and she also holds a degree in Screenwriting. Her short films include Our Own Musical, Leila’s Window (2011), and Eye & Mermaid (2013), this latter presented at the film festivals in Dubai, Toronto, and Stockholm. Scales is her first feature film.