The selection includes documentaries and fictions, including works that have received significant recognition and awards at leading Arab and international festivals. Seven of the films are presented in Arab world premieres and 11 are directed by directors from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Algeria, France, Spain, Switzerland, Cuba, Brazil, Iran and from Germany.
Between Heaven and Earth (2019) by Najwa Najjar, winner of numerous awards including Best Narrative Feature at the Boston Palestine Film Festival (2020), Best Screenplay at the Cairo International Film Festival are among the highlights of the films Arabs on the program for this year. (2019) and the Audience Award at Middle East Now (2020).
Another highlight is Leur Algeria, written and directed by Lina Soualem, winner of the Best Arab Film Award at the Gouna Film Festival’s Feature Documentary Competition, and A Home of One’s Home by Ruba Atieh, which was nominated. for the Tanit d’Or for best documentary feature. at the Carthage Film Festival (2019).
The program also includes several short films focusing on motherhood and directed by Egyptian directors: Asmaa Gamal, Iman Magdy, Rania Zahra, Hadeel Adel and Nada Hegazy. The films were produced during the first edition of the documentary film creation workshop organized by the Caravane du cinema entre femmes.
The international film selection will feature a number of internationally award-winning films, including In A Whisper by Heidi Hassan and Patricia PÃ©rez FernÃ¡ndez, which won the award for best feature documentary at the IDFA International Film Festival (2019) where it was also premiered, and a special mention in documentary. Competition of the Athens International Film Festival (2020), as well as Babenco: Tell Me When I Die by BÃ¡rbara Paz, which won the award for best documentary on cinema at the Venice Film Festival (2019) among dozens of other awards and nominations.
In addition to the film screenings, the 14th Caravan will organize seminars with women filmmakers that will take place online at 7 p.m. Cairo time. The meetings will feature BÃ¡rbara Paz, Lina Soualem Sarah Francis, Ruba Atieh and Patricia PÃ©rez FernÃ¡ndez.
On November 10, the educational component of Caravan will feature an online discussion with Egyptian filmmaker Amal Ramsis, also founder and director of Caravan, as well as meetings with Tunisian academic Azza Chaabouni and Algerian director and writer Habiba Djahnine.
In addition, the initial editing workshop will be on the sidelines of screenings on November 12 and 13, targeting Arab filmmakers who have advanced in their production to the initial stage of editing. The jury is made up of director Arab Lotfi, director Mays Darwaza and critic Hoda Ibrahim.
According to filmmaker Ramsis, the 14e The festival’s edition takes place without the support of any official body and with the aim of supporting women filmmakers and raising awareness of their work.
âWe are pleased that the Caravan continues to present its content for the 14e consecutive turn. This is a success in itself, knowing that many festivals fail to keep up for that number of years, often due to financial obstacles. We have managed to ensure continuity with very limited resources while prioritizing the choice of films, the cinematic language, creating professional training opportunities and thus contributing to the industry as a whole, âcommented Ramsis.
An independent initiative, the Between Women Film Caravan was launched in Egypt in 2008. It is led by a group of female directors seeking to present cinema through screenings and mobile shows. Supporting the role of women in the film industry, the Caravan also creates dynamic links with the industry at the international level, and more particularly in the Arab world.
La Caravane plays an active role in the field of cinema by offering women technical training in directing, production, editing and photography. It also supports film projects for women at any stage of production.
Since its creation, the Caravan has screened feature and short films, documentaries and animated films from more than 60 countries.
The 14the Between Women Film Caravan edition will run online from November 4 to 13. More details regarding the viewing of films and participation in seminars and workshops will be announced shortly.
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