Allain admits the film will ruffle some feathers because there are still many who consider the subject of dating outside your race a taboo. "It's happening, and part of what the issues are has to do with people creating their box and not wanting to step outside of it.Saving Our Daughters started as an inspiring book series for girls; presently the book series has launched into an inspirational organization which helps girls to overcome the many obstacles they face growing up: bullying (cyber, gossip, face-to-face), dating abuse, domestic violence and other esteem slayers.Hamri's parents were part of the creative community in Morocco made up of ex-pats like Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Timothy Leary, Ted Morgan and Tennessee Williams.Hamri attended the American School of Tangier, where her mother worked.("Some of us just have to work harder to stay in the game," she says of the male-dominated industry.) While Kenya's professional life is precisely on track (she's thisclose to making partner), her love life is suffering a severe drought. Sanaa is finally forced out of her comfort zone when she meets Brian (Simon Baker), an attractive, single white blond-haired, blue-eyed landscape architect who throws her life into flux when sparks begin to fly on their blind date.She hasn't had a date in two years, and any prospective male quickly loses points if he fails to meet the criteria on her "list," a set of characteristics she requires from her potential partner. The film focuses on a young black woman dealing with the aspect of an interracial relationship from all sides as friends and family would rather her find her own "IBM" ("Ideal Black Man"), society still isn't quite as accepting as it should be and Kenya herself struggles to come to terms with her own innate biases.By putting a new twist (interracial relationships) on an old genre (romantic comedies), Allain birthed the idea for "Something New," a film she hoped would trigger some much-needed discussion about a topic often kept under wraps.
Sanaa is well recognized as a powerful music video editor for many iconic artists such as Mariah Carey, Jadakiss, Common, Dr. Sanaa has directed episodes of Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy, Nashville and popular films such as Something New and Just Right.Sanaa’s message for the girls was this; “where I grew up I had much less than most people.Director Sanaa Hamri landed her first executive producer credit on “Empire” — the top drama on network television.Saving Our Daughters initiatives are rooted within the arts and entertainment fields.Initiatives focus on reaching thousands of teen girls across the country with help from celebrity, corporate and community partners, making it possible to spark positive thoughts and actions.