Arts & Culture

Amira: The Palestinian Story Told by an Egyptian Director Coming to Gouna Film Festival

mm
Amira: The Palestinian Story Told by an Egyptian Director Coming to Gouna Film Festival


Egyptian director Mohamed Diab’s film ‘Amira’ was selected to compete at the Feature Narrative Competition in the fifth edition of Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (GFF), marking its first Arab world premiere.

Inspired by the real-life phenomenon of artificial insemination in Palestine, Amira tells the story of a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who believes she was conceived with the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father. When another attempt to conceive a child with her father’s smuggled sperm reveals he is infertile, her life turns upside down and her sense of identity is lost.

Photo via Facebook

This year, GFF will run from 14 to 22 October. Although it was only founded in 2017, GFF has become one of the most prominent film festivals across the Arab world.

Set in Palestine, Amira is co-produced by Egyptian producer and screenwriter Mohamed Hefzy’s Film Clinic, in addition to multiple Egyptian production houses, and written by Egyptian trio Mohamed, Khaled, and Shereen Diab. The film’s cast consists of actors from across the Middle East and North Africa, including Tara Abboud, Saba Mubarak, Ali Suliman, Kais Nashif, Saleh Bakri, and Waleed Zuaiter.

Photo via Facebook

Amira is set to have its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, taking place from 1 to 11 September. The Venice International Film Festival is the world’s oldest film festival.

Subscribe to the Egyptian Streets’ weekly newsletter! Catch up on the latest news, arts & culture headlines, exclusive features and more stories that matter, delivered straight to your inbox by clicking here.

'AlRawabi School for Girls' Ending Explained - A Shock for Some, Reality for Many
'School is My Nightmare': AlRawabi School for Girls is Netflix’s Latest Must-Watch Arabic Original

Subscribe to our newsletter


Arts & Culture
mm

A journalism graduate from the American University in Dubai who is curious, spontaneous, and often rebellious, Marina is a passionate Cairo-based journalist who aspires to become one of the most influential women in the Middle East. She likes to follow her heart and express that through words; her favorite form of expression.

More in Arts & Culture

In Vogue: The Revival of Arab Women’s 90s Lip Liner Look

Mirna Abdulaal30 September 2022

How to Get Away with Murder with Madame Fahmy

Farah Rafik26 September 2022

Recipe: a Modern Nubian Dish Symbolizing Love and Healing

Mirna Abdulaal26 September 2022

Egypt Sets Sights on Hosting 2036 Olympics

Shereif Barakat25 September 2022

Sounds of Joy: The Significance of ‘Zaghareet’ Amongst Egyptians

Farah Rafik24 September 2022

Alexandria’s Antoniadis Gardens: Between Historical Remembrance and Standing the Test of Time

Farah Rafik21 September 2022

Karakeeb: Here’s Why Egyptians Hoard

Mona Abdou19 September 2022

In the Cairo Heat: A Chat with Self-Made Street Vendors

Mona Abdou13 September 2022