Renowned Egyptian actresses Nelly Karim and Ragaa El-Giddawy will be honoured at the fourth edition of the Aswan International Women Film Festival, taking place between 10 and 12 February.
The festival focuses on women in the cinema field and women's issues.
Former ballerina and model Nelly Karim is among the leading Egyptian cinema stars of her generation. Born in 1974 to an Egyptian father and Russian mother, Karim appeared in dozens of films and television series, cooperating with well-known directors.
Among her best known works are Alzheimer's (2010), 678 (2010), The Blue Elephant I (2014) and II (2019) and Clash (2016).
The television series which featured Karim include Under Control (2017), a highly acclaimed series which delves into the world of drug addiction; Sokot Horr (2016), and Disappearance (2018).
Karim was a jury member at numerous international film festivals, one of the most prestigious of which is the 73rd edition of the Venice Film Festival (2016) where she served as jury member for the Horizons section.
Born in 1938, El-Giddawy is one of the best known and beloved actresses of her generation.
Though she began her career as a model, she soon left a remarkable print after working with many renowned directors.
The niece of legendary actress Taheya Carioca has acted in more than 100 films and television series, focusing on the latter in the last two decades.
Her films include El-Wahl (1987), Hanafy El-Obbaha (1990), Leh Khaletny Ahebak (2000), El-Sellem wel Teban (2001), Ana Mesh Maahom (2007), Not Engineer Hassan (2008), Tattah (2013), and Hamlat Fraizar (2016).
The most recent television series featuring El-Giddawy are Azmi and Ashgan (2018), Halawet Al-Donia (Life is Beautiful) (2017), The Legend (2016), Grand Hotel (2016), El-Ekhwa (2014), among others.
In many of the works for cinema and television, the actress appears as herself.
The Aswan festival's jury members are mainly women. Its competition for short films includes Egyptian actress Boshra as well as Swiss actress Ronit Hasson and Nigerian film director and producer Mildred Okwo.
The jury of the festival's main competition for feature films will include Egyptian actress Menna Shalaby, Dutch filmmaker Mijke de Jong, Tunisian actress Souhir Bin Amara, Romanian producer Alex Theodorsko and Filipino filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz
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