France, March 8 -- Director Amjad Al Rasheed's first feature film, Inshallah a Boy, tells the story of a mother standing up to Jordan's archaic, patriarchal inheritance laws. Carried charismatically by award-winning actress Mouna Hawa, the film also addresses broader issues of gender inequality.

Inspired by a member of Al Rasheed's own family, Inshallah a Boy is a story about Nawal (Mouna Hawa), a young mother who wakes up to find her husband has suddenly died.

Left alone with her young daughter, she knows their lives will be challenging and not just emotionally.

She faces a law that exists in most Arabic countries: if a woman loses her husband and doesn't have a son, part of the inheritance goes to her in-laws.

"I want to raise moral q...