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Egypt’s 'AH!' wins best short film award at Delhi Intl Film Festival

"AH!", written and directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohanad Diab, received the main award in the short films category

Sherry El-Gergawi, Monday 12 Dec 2016
Best Short Film Award held by Egyptian director Mohanad Diab, winner of the award at Delhi International Film Festival on 10 December, 2016 (Photo by: Mohanad Diab)
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Egyptian short film "AH!" won the Best Short Film Award at the 5th Delhi International Film Festival, India, an event that took place between 3 and 9 December.

The film was the only Egyptian entry in the festival where numerous films compete, including several from other Arab countries such a Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Jordon, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Algeria and Tunisia.

Tited with an interjecton, "AH!" is a six-minute film directed by Mohanad Diab and tackles issues of humanity and racism in France through a portrayal of a Muslim couple in two different situations. Diab, who attended the New York Film Academy in 2005, is one of the most prominent young screenwriters in Egypt.

Poster from film "AH!" by Egyptian director Mohanad Diab

The film was shot in France and included a cast from France and Chile.

Prior to its success in Delhi, the film won awards for editing and acting in the Festival Benguerir de Cinema in Morocco. It was also screened in the First National Festival of Setif in Algeria.

"AH!" participated in the official competition at the International Film Festival of Chelsea in the US and at the Tripoli International Film Festival in Lebanon.

The Delhi International Film Festival, started in 2012 and is considered one of the most significant film festivals in Asia. It is organised by The Social Circle in association with the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NDMC) and the Delhi tourism authority.

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