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Fatwa Screens at Darb 1718 Contemporary Art & Culture Center on February 2

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Winner of Twenty International Awards

Fatwa Screens at Darb 1718 Contemporary Art & Culture Center on February 2


Director Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud’s feature film Fatwa will screen at 8:00 PM on Sunday, February 2, within CinemaXElforn, held by Darb 1718.

For further information, please visit Darb 1718’s official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Darb1718

Darb 1718 Contemporary Art and Culture Center is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 to host different art mediums and cultural events. The center provides workshops, programs and initiatives to educate and mentor emerging artists and offers them a space to exhibit their work alongside established artists. Darb 1718 is an art center and gathering point for all art events in Egypt.

Previously, Fatwa received a total of 20 international awards, including Best Actress Award for Tunisian actress Ghalia Benali at the Ecrans Noir (Black Screen) Film Festival in Cameroon. Moreover, the film reaped four awards at the Tunisian Film Festival; Best Screenplay, Best Décor, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, Best Feature Film at the International Festival of Cinema and Audiovisual of Burundi (FESTICAB), Saad Eldin Wahba Award for Best Arab Film at the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Grand Prix at the Festival Maghrébin du Film OUJDA in Morocco, and the Golden Dhow Prize at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania.

The film also won two awards at the Carthage Film Festival (JCC); Golden Tanit and Best Actor, three awards at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO); African Union Prize, a Special Mention and Bronze Stallion, Samir Farid Jury Prize at the Festival du Cinema Africain Khouribga (FCAK), Best Director at the Kimolos International Film Festival, Best Male Performer Award at the Vues d'Afrique - Festival International de Cinéma in Montreal, Canada, and the Silver Prize at the International Oriental Film Festival of Geneva (FIFOG) in Switzerland.

The film tells the story of Brahim, a Tunisian guy living in France, who decides to go back to Tunisia to attend his son's funeral, who passed away in a motorcycle accident. He then discovers that Marouane, his son, was militating with a radical Islamist group, so Brahim decides to identify the people who brainwashed his son until. The investigation leads him to doubt the circumstances surrounding his son's death.

Written and directed by Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, Fatwa stars Ahmed Hafiane, Ghalia Benali, and Sarra Hannachi. The film is produced by Arts Distribution (Tunisia) and Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium), and MAD Solutions distributes the film in the Arab world.