Magazine article Screen International

Mohamed Khan, Factory Girl

Magazine article Screen International

Mohamed Khan, Factory Girl

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Liz Shackleton talks to Mohamed Khan about his romantic drama, which received a gala screening at DIFF.

Mohamed Khan's Factory Girl tells the story of a young factory worker, Hiyam, who falls in love with her boss but is rejected by him due to their social differences.

Khan worked with first-time feature producer Mohamed Samir on the film, which is backed by seven international funds.

Scripted by Khan's wife Wessam Soliman, the film received a gala screening at DIFF.

What gave you the inspiration for the story?

The desire to portray the life of a working class girl - her family surroundings, her life at work and with friends - in what is basically a story of love that is denied in a tense city.

How did Wessam Soliman research the script?

To understand Hiyam's world, she worked at a clothes factory incognito with the cooperation of the owner of the factory. During this experience, she was able to mingle with the other women working in the factory and listen to all sorts of tales which eventually inspired her to write the script.

How does the character of Hiyam compare to the female characters in your previous films?

She is completely different to all the other female characters I have presented. She comes from a working class background while the women in my previous films were either middle-class or extremely poor. Hiyam and her younger sister, although they have different fathers, are breadwinners working in a factory to support their own family; a typical working-class family where the mother is a house-to-house vendor, stepfather a van driver, aunt a phone centre receptionist and part-time servant in upper class homes. …

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