Cast: Summer Shesha, Khairia Nazmi, Salih Khalagi, Aziz Gharbawi
Crew: Producers: Zoey Lee – Screenwriters: Khaled Nadershah
Sara is a 26-year-old girl living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with her conservative mother and father Ahmed. They keep comparing her to her Cousin Mai who is younger, about to be married and has graduated from university. Which is everything she is not, older, still in university and divorced. Haifa and Dana her friends from university are the only ones that don’t judge her rebellious behavior like smoking in public and going to parties. But even her friends don’t know that she is secretly pregnant. Fed up from the pressure to conform, Sara decides that she wants to do her masters degree abroad. Anywhere away from the social burden and the stress from her family. She approaches her father with a university application to study abroad however he adamantly refuses insisting she may only travel once she remarries. Rebellious as she is, Sara puts on make-up in a failed attempt to seduce a man in hopes of marriage right off the street just outside her university. Sara drags her friend Haifa to the party of the night at Hisham’s house but not before dropping off Dana to rendezvous with her boyfriend who she cannot marry because her father rejected him. Sara finds herself sitting with Hisham considering him as a potential suiter. Although she knows he is already married, she doesn’t mind being a second wife just so she could travel. Despite all that, he rejected her and she returns home frustrated. The next morning, as she is picking out a dress to wear to her cousin’s wedding, she receives news that her friend Dana has mysteriously passed away where later Sara finds out that it was drug overdose. Sara and her mother head to Dana’s funeral in order to pay their respects. However, Sara was also there to sneak into Dana’s room and dispose of any evidence. As she is doing so Dana’s brother Sultan almost catches her in the act. As the days went on Sara discovers that she is the talk of the town as people are blaming her for Dana’s death. Consumed with guilt, Sara is still unable to sleep since her friend’s passing. Regardless, she puts her make up on and heads to Dana’s home to visit her sister Dalal in hopes of bumping into her brother Sultan. As Sara is consoling Dalal, she spots Sultan heading out for a smoke. She follows him. She pays her condolences to him and expresses her concern. She also gives him her phone number. Waiting for him to call, Sara is dancing in her room while filling out her university application. With Sultan in her life, she feels one step closer to her dream of escaping. With hope of a new chapter, Sara finally decides to take ownership of her life again. Sara is getting ready for Mai’s wedding while her mother and father are arguing. As Sara and her mother are on their way to the wedding, her mother is trying to stifle a cry that turns into a small emotional breakdown about accepting her husband’s philandering ways. They arrive at the wedding where Dalal introduces Sara to Sultan’s fiancé Rawan. Shocked and confused, Sara storms out of the wedding and drives to that a location she used to frequent with her ex-husband. It was then she realized Sultan was nothing but a reverie. Her actions that evening however, were not. She had hell to pay with her father, despite her mother begging for mercy. Exhausted, Sara decides to look like everyone else. She conformed. To belong.
Khaled Nadershah is a filmmaker who started his venture of perusing a career in film at the Met Film School in London, United Kingdom where he obtained a BA in Film. During his studies at film school, he has worked on multiple shorts, feature films, documentaries, music videos and multi cam live shows. After obtaining all that experience, he decided to write and direct his first feature film titled “Exit 5”.