Tunisia country of honour at 8th Aswan Int'l Women Film Festival

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Apr 2024

Tunisia was announced to be a country of honour at the 8th edition of the Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF) which will be held 20-25 April.



"The choice of Tunisia is to recognise the outstanding achievements of this country over the past years," the AIWFF festival's management said in the announcement.

The AIWFF will honour Tunisian films, including works directed by women or tackled women-related issues.

Four Daughters (Les Filles d'Olfa) will open the festival on 20 April in Aswan and compete in the Feature Film Category. 

Written and directed by Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania, the film focuses on a woman's search for truth as she gets tangled in a web of lies in her family history.

As a daughter and filmmaker, Ben Hania fuses personal and national history as she reflects on the 1981 Bread Riots, drawing connections to modern Morocco.

The film blurs the boundaries between documentary and fiction and between being on-screen and off-screen.

The film was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Academy Awards 2024.

Before this nomination, the film received critical acclaim, winning the Golden Eye Award at the Cannes Film Festival; the Best International Film at the Munich Film Festival; the Jury Award at the International Competition of the Brussels Film Festival; and the Asharq Award for Best Documentary at the Red Sea International Film Festival, among other awards.

Another Tunisian film, Backstage (2023) by Atef Ben Mahmoud and Khalil Benkirane, will also compete in the Feature Film Category. 

Backstage follows "Aida, member of a Tunisian contemporary dance troupe touring Morocco, provokes during a representation in a small Middle Atlas town, her life and stage partner Hedi, who injures her onstage triggering a series of events through a long night across a forest, on the way to the next village's doctor," read's the film's synopsis.

The festival also features a special program dedicated to Tunisian short films.

Moreover, renowned Tunisian film editor Kahéna Attia will be honoured during the festival

She will also head the Feature Film Competition jury this year.

Meanwhile, Tunisian director Mervat Kamoun will serve on the Short Film Competition jury.

A special symposium for Women in Tunisian Cinema will take place with the participation of female Tunisian critics, academics and directors.

The festival's focus on Tunisia comes in coordination with the National Center for Cinema and Image in Tunisia and under the supervision of the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

The Aswan International Women's Film Festival (AIWFF) is the first Egyptian festival dedicated to women's creativity.

The festival will also host numerous filmmakers from Egypt and the international scene, who will participate in workshops, seminars and talks.

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