Egyptian independent director Manal Khaled is celebrating the world premiere of her debut feature film titled ‘Hammam Sokhn’ AKA ‘Trapped’, screened online within the Global category of the US’ South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival, held between 16 and 20 March.
Writing the script with Rasha Azab, Khaled also produced the crowd-funded film, whose cast includes Coroline Khalil, Reem Hegab, Osama Abo El-Ata, Ne’ma Mohsen, Mona Mokhtar, and Sara’a Jebel, with most of the crew members being volunteers.
Seven years after the first scene, the shooting of Trapped was finalised in early 2018, following months of an online funding campaign backed by tens of enthusiastic artists and filmmakers through Indiegogo and other platforms.
Trapped revolves around the stories of a number of women, symbolising a “bigger siege that depicts the shackles imposed by a patriarchal society,” as the film synopsis reads.
Ahram Online has approached the director to request a link for the film to review, but she hasn’t been available to comment.
Among the international films that participated in the SXSW Global category are ‘Bantú Mama’ (Dominican Republic), ‘Luchadoras’ (Germany/Mexico), and ‘Ninjababy’ (Norway).
57 films (from a total of 75) have celebrated their world premieres at SXSW. 53 films were made from first-time filmmakers, in addition to 84 Short Films and other productions at the event that aim to ‘celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.
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