4th Palestinian Film Week to open in Cairo Sunday

Ahram Online , Saturday 11 Jan 2020

The festival will screen 24 films by Palestinian filmmakers and/or tackling Palestine's issues

Areen Omari
(Photo: Still from Areen Omari's 'First Lesson')

Organised by the Palestinian Embassy in Cairo, in cooperation with the Cultural Development Fund, the fourth Palestinian Film Week will open on 12 January and continue through 15 January.

During the opening, Areen Omari's First Lesson (Al-Dars Al-Awal, 2010) will be screened. The 15-minute film written by Omari is her directorial debut. The film revolves around Salma who decides to start anew in Paris, away from Palestine's tensions.

The film is Omari's reflection on her own expereince as a woman and filmmaker.

"While trying to create an alternative homeland, she faces critical moments, and is finally obliged to answer crucial questions concerning her homeland," reads the film's brief on SANAD, Abu Dhabi Film Fund website.

The week will screen a total of 24 films by Palestinian filmmakers and/or tackling Palestine's issues.

The festival will also hold a number of seminars during which Palestinian cinema will be discussed with the audience.

The Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Diab Al-Louh will open the event honouring Palestinian filmmaker Khadija Habashneh, as well as several Egyptian film figures, including: the head of the Filmmakers' Syndicate, director Mosaad Foda; Director of Photography Samir Farag; head of the Artists' Syndicate Union, director Omar Abdel-Aziz; and artist Ayman El-Shewy. 

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