Egyptian film Withered Green to screen at Belgian Namur festival

Ahram Online , Wednesday 21 Sep 2016

The major film festival runs between 30 September and 6 October

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Akhdar Yabes (Withered Green) by Mohammad Hammad (Photo: part of promotional material for the film)

Akhdar Yabes (Withered Green) was selected to screen at Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF), which runs between 30 September and 6 October.

Withered Green is an Egyptian-French production directed by Mohammed Hammad.

Traditional and conservative Iman had to take care of Noha, her younger sister, after the death of their parents. When Noha receives a marriage proposal, Iman must ask their uncles to meet the groom and his family, as per the custom of Arab societies, but instead she ignores traditions.

The film is the only Egyptian entry, yet not the only Arab one, with films from Tunisia and Lebanon also among selections.

Hammad holds a bachelor in communication from Cairo Helwan University.

Withered Green, Hammad's first feature film, participated in Locarno Film Festival in August.

Between 2006 and 2012, Hammad, 36, wrote and directed a number of short films, including El-Geneh El-Khames (The Fifth Pound), Central (2008) and Ahmar Bahet (Faded Red, 2010).

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