Egypt, Morocco share first prize at Baghdad Film Festival
Mahmoud shared the prize with Morocco’s Janane Fatine Mohammadi’s ‘Azar’
Two filmmakers, from Egypt and Morocco, shared the first prize in the Arab women filmmakers category in this year’s edition of the Baghdad International Film Festival.
Egyptian Sarah Mahmoud’s “Quietly,” her debut short film, tells the story of a modern-day couple dealing with a possible abortion.
Mahmoud shared the prize with Morocco’s Janane Fatine Mohammadi’s “Azar,” a 13-minute film about a young man who lived in bondage under his uncle who took him in after his parents died.
The festival ran between Oct.15-19, screening more than 100 films from 35 countries from the 750 that were registered.
It is jointly organized by the, Iraqi Organization for Culture & Cinema Development, an independent organization that launched the festival in 2004.
The festival features six categories of competitions: short drama films, documentaries, long fiction, New Horizons (Iraqi films), Arab women filmmakers, and The Human Images competition.
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