Egyptian director Kamla Abouzekri's film A Day for Women has won the Audience Award at the Rotterdam Arab Film Festival, which ran between 11 and 15 October.
The story revolves around a youth centre in a working-class Cairo neighbourhood that establishes a women-only swimming pool day. The plot traces the social and personal repercussions of the move for the women involved.
The film stars Egyptian actress Ilham Shahin, who is also the producer, with Hanaa Attia providing the script.
The film brought director Abouzekri back to the silver screen after a seven-year hiatus since her last film Wahed-Sefr (One-Zero).
A Day for Women also stars Nelly Karim, Nahed El-Sebaei, Mahmoud Hemeda, Farouk El-Fishawy, Ahmed El-Fishawy, Ahmed Daoud, Eyad Nasser and Hala Sedky.
The film premiered internationally at the 60th London Film Festival and had its Arab world premier in November 2016, opening the 38th Cairo International Film Festival, where actress Nahed El-Sebaei won the Best Actress Award.
The film also won the award for Best Screenplay at the Slemani International Film Festival in Iraq, in addition to taking part in the Cape Town International Film Festival and the Beirut Film Festival.
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