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Four Egyptian shorts to screen at France’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

The festival's 43rd edition will take place online between 29 January and 6 February 2021

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jan 2021
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From top left clockwise: I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face, Henet Ward, What We Don't Know About Mariam, Tuk-Tuk
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Four Egyptian short films will be screened at France's Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (Festival international du court metrage de Clermont-Ferrand).
 
I Am Afraid To Forget Your Face, written and directed by Sameh Alaa, will be screened within the festival's International Competition, a section that will showcase a total of 78 international titles.
 
The film focuses on Adam who after being separated from his love for 82 days travels down a rough road to be reunited with the one he loves.
 
I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face
I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face
 
Three Egyptian films will be screened within the African Perspectives non-competitive section, which includes 16 titles from the continent.
 
Two films written and directed by Morad Mostafa made their entry to the section: Henet Ward (Ward's Henna Party) and What We Don't Know About Mariam.
 
Henet Ward revolves around "Halima, a Sudanese woman living in Egypt, who works as a henna painter. On a regular working day, she goes to one of Giza's local areas to prepare a bride for her wedding. Her seven-year-old daughter Ward accompanies her and starts to wander around and discover the place," reads the film's synopsis.
 
Henet Ward
Henet Ward
 
What We Don't Know About Mariam is a short drama by Mostafa recently released in 2021.
 
"Bleeding and suffering from severe abdominal pain, Mariam goes to a public hospital with her husband and daughter. After the medical examination, things escalate between Mariam and her husband," the film's synopsis reads.
 
The film stars Doaa Ereikat.
 
What We Don
What We Don't Know About Mariam
 
The African Perspectives section will also include Tuk-Tuk by Mohamed Kheidr.
 
The film looks into Egypt's over 30,000 indebted female.
 
"After her husband abandoned her, Walaa's only way to secure income for her family is to drive a tuk-tuk in a male-dominated environment. At the risk of being ridiculed and harassed while drowning in debt, she embarks on a fight for her livelihood," the film's brief reveals.
 
Tuk-Tuk
Tuk-Tuk
 
The Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival is the biggest international film festival dedicated to short films. Held annually, it is the second largest film festival in France after Cannes
 
The festival's 43rd edition is the first edition to be held online. It will screen a total of 281 short films from all around the world, curated in 43 programmes.
 
The entries were chosen from 6369 submitted films representing 55 countries.
 
The festival will also hold the 36th Short Film Market exclusively online between 1 and 5 February.
 
According to the festival's organisers, the films and the film market will be available for online viewing in the French original version or with French subtitles.
 
"For licensing reasons, access to the online festival will be limited to viewers based in France and French overseas territories."
 
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