With the Attendance of Kamla Abouzekri, Elham Shahin, Nelly Karim, Nahed El Sebai, and Inas Shahin
A Day for Women to Open the Beirut International Women Film Festival
A Day for Women is set to open the 1st Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) in the presence of its director Kamla Abouzekri, and its stars Elham Shahin, Nelly Karim and Nahed El Sebai, as well as Costume Designer Inas Shahin. The festival will also honor superstar Elham Shahin for her role in presenting and producing projects that are centered on women's issues, a day before the film's screening on March 13th at 6:30 pm. The film will be screened for a second time on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:30 pm.
Beirut International Women Film Festival (BWFF) aims to highlight the role of cinema as a window on societal issues at large, and women's issues in particular. It also tackles issues such as gender equality, sexual identity, domestic violence, and women's success stories as a driving force in society.
Recently, A Day for Women won five awards out of seven film festivals including; the Audience Award at the Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, Best Screenplay Award at the Slemani International Film Festival in Iraq, Best Music and Third Production Award at the Egyptian National Film Festival, and the Giuria Spazio Scuole award (Best Feature Film in Competition from the Jury of Schools) at the Festival di Cinema Africano di Verona (African Film Festival in Verona). The film also has been screened at the Cape Town International Film Festival, Beirut Film Festival and the Arabian Sights Film Festival in Washington.
A Day for Women takes place in a shabby neighborhood in Egypt where a youth center decides to allocate one day on the swimming pool for women only. The film follows the consequences of this decision on the social, psychological and emotional life of the women living in that neighborhood.
A Day for Women had its world premiere at the 60th BFI London Film Festival, run by the British Film Institute (BFI), within the Debate Strand section. The film competed in the official competition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), where its star Nahed El Sebai won the Best Actress Award for her role in the film. Moreover, the film's stars Elham Shahin, Nelly Karim and Nahed El Sebai all won the Best Actress Award at the Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.
A Day for Women brings together a cast and crew of outstanding women, as it is produced by Elham Shahin, who also stars in the film, through her company Shahin Film, directed by Kamla Abouzekri, written by Hanaa Atiyah, DOP Nancy Abdel Fattah and Costume Designer Inas Shahin. The film stars Nelly Karim, Nahed El Sebai, Hala Sedqi, Ragaa Hussein, Shaimaa Seif, along with Mahmoud Hemida,
Farouk Al Fishawy, Ahmad Al Fishawy, Eyad Nassar, and Ahmed Dawood. MAD Solutions handles the film's marketing and promotion in the Arab world.
Screening Times of A Day for Women at the Beirut International Women Film Festival (GMT +2)
Tuesday, 13 March, at 6:30 pm at Casino Du Liban
Wednesday, 14 March, 7:30 pm at Grand Cinemas ABC Verdun