Best Film and Best Director
Between Two Seas Wins Two Awards at the Aswan International Women Film Festival
Between Two Seas by director Anas Tolba, won the Nut Award for Best Film that addresses women's issues, and the Best Director award, presented by the Cinema Professions Syndicate, during its world premiere at the 3rd Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF).
Last Sunday, during its premiere at the festival, the film had a full-house screening that was attended by a number of stars, public figures, and representatives of women's rights organizations, in addition to the film's cast and crew.The audience praised the film's approach and how it addressed the important topic of the deteriorating condition of women in rural Egypt, and the traditions and customs they face in their communities. Between Two Seas is set to hit theaters soon.
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This year, the festival's third edition honored a number of key female filmmakers who influenced the Egyptian film industry. Within the activities of its third edition, the festival added a new program titled Egyptian Film Program that presents monetary awards. The festival also hosted five filmmaking workshops on Scriptwriting, Documentary Filmmaking and Animation.
While on a short visit to her home village, a small rural island near Cairo, Zahra's daughter is exposed to a tragic accident. Following this incident, Zahra persists on getting her daughter's right and insists on not only continuing her education but also benefiting her community. The film sheds light on different societal issues faced by women, especially in rural areas.
Directed by Anas Tolba and written by Mariam Naoum,based on a script by Amany El Tounsy and Karim El Dalil, Between Two Seas stars Fatma Adel, Yara Goubran, Tharaa Goubail, Mahmoud Fares, Arfa Abdel Rassoul,and Lobna Wanas. The film is produced by Axeer, and executive produced by Abdelrahman Al Garwani. MAD Solutions handles the film's marketing and distribution in the Arab world.
Anas Tolba is an Egyptian filmmaker who started his career in 2010 by co-founding the media production company, Axeer. He directed many music videos for a large number of singers and artists from across the Arab world, including: Zap Tharwat, Hamza Namira, and Cairokee.
In 2013, he directed and produced his first 30-minute documentary, Extracurricular that features a mother who believes in the power of traveling to educate her children. In 2017, he directed his first 15-minute short film, Mariam and The Sun. The film was recognized with Jury Selection Awards in the Accolade Film Competition and the Hollywood Film Festival.
His feature debut, Between Two Seas, sheds light on different societal issues faced by women, especially in rural areas.