Not least of all, the film's apt sense of humor in the portrayal of its characters probably contributed to its winning the Audience Award in San Sebastian, Spain, after its world premiere in Cannes and its being submitted by the Lebanese government for the Oscar nomination in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.
Florian Wagner © 2007 Translated from the German by John Bergeron First Women's Film Festival in Cairo Between Passing Love and Prostitution Incest, prostitution or the need for love – the films shown at the first international Women's Film Festival in Cairo tackled all these themes.
She has just finished directing "Mainline", a film about a young Iranian drug addict.
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Seven films dealing with the theme of "Arab women" were shown at the Arab Film Festival in Tübingen, Germany.
At the center of the festival was the advance showing of the Lebanese film Caramel by Nadine Labaki.
"We wanted to offer the public the opportunity of seeing a more differentiated image of the situation of women in Arab society," explained Adwan Taleb, head of the festival.
Free expression "In addition, we wanted to show women who live beyond all the clichés, women who have fought for their freedom and emancipation, who are politically active, and enjoy the opportunity of freely expressing themselves in their own culture and society." No one better represents traveling on the path to free expression within one's own culture than the literature student Dunia, the main figure in the film of the same name by the Lebanese filmmaker and screenwriter Jocelyne Saab.
This is certainly not the complete picture of the lives Arab women, as has been powerfully demonstrated by the Arab Film Festival in Tübingen, southern Germany.
This year, organizers screened seven films on the theme of "Arab women." These films did not just feature women in front of the camera, but also, and in particular, women behind the camera.
In After the Last Sky, Alia Arasoughly and her camera follow the peace and educational work of the Palestinian woman Nahida, whose village was destroyed by the Israeli army in 1948.