Egyptian films Tuk-Tuk, Souad win two special awards at Burkina Faso's Fespaco festival

Ahram Online , AFP , Sunday 24 Oct 2021

Two Egyptian films, Souad and Tuk-Tuk, received special awards at the Fespaco film festival in Burkina Faso, while the Somali film The Gravedigger's Wife won the top prize.

Mohamed Kheidr
Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Kheidr receives his special awards for his debut short film Tuk-tuk at the Fespaco film festival in Burkina Faso on Saturday

Tuk-Tuk, the debut short film of Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Kheidr, won two special awards, the Prix Thomas Sankara and the Prix De La Chance.

Egyptian editor Khaled Moeit clinched the Best Editing Award for his work in Cannes-nominated long feature Souad, directed by Ayten Amin.

The Gravedigger's Wife was written and directed by Somali film-maker Khadar Ahmed. It beat 16 other African films for the top prize, the Golden Stallion.

This year's international jury was led by Mauritanian producer Abderrahmane Sissako, who won France's coveted Cesar in 2015 for Timbuktu.

The Golden Stallion, said Sissako, was "for any African film-maker the best prize you can have, a source of great pride."

Its top prize is named after the Golden Stallion of Yennenga – a mythical beast in Burkinabe mythology.

The festival, first staged in 1969, is held every two years in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou.

The event is closely followed by the US and European movie industries, which scout the event for new films, talent and ideas.

The event was originally set for 27 February – 6 March, but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Short link: