release date September 16 2021
The Jury Praises Film's Script, Cast, Editing & Direction
Mohamed Diab's film Amira won three awards at the 78th Venice International Film Festival, where it landed its world premiere at the Orizzonti competition. The awards are Lanterna Magica Award, presented by Cinecircoli Giovanili Socioculturali (CGS), Enrico Fulchignoni Award, presented by Conseil International du Cinéma, de la Télévision et de la Communication Audiovisuelle (CICT-UNESCO), and 10th INTERFILM Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue.

"It is a very intense well-made film, starting with solid script, an effective editing with gripping momentum, and not to mention the superb acting from the opening scene until the end scene. For building a tense and quite complex story that reflected the meaning of family, fatherhood, and motherhood within the context of racism and deep divisions. The film's cinematic language was symbolic, creating an interesting connection between the two generations. The director created a deeply touching movie, where, once again, the victims are the youngest, who grew up amidst hatred as if this was a hereditary trait, without denying the possibility of making a different choice.", C.G.S's jury, commented.

Amira, a 17-year-old Palestinian teenager, who was IVF conceived by the smuggled sperm of her imprisoned father, Nawar. Despite the fact that their relationship has always been restricted to prison visits, Nawar remains Amira’s hero. Surrounded by the love of those close to her, Amira finds compensation for her father’s absence. However, her world turns upside down when the second attempt to conceive fails, revealing the fact that her father is sterile.

Amira's cast beholds a handful of Arab stars such as Saba Mubarak, Tara Abboud, who lands her first international role as Amira, and Ali Suliman, as well as Kais Nashif and Waleed Zuaiter. The film is written by the trio Mohamed, Khaled, and Sherine Diab and edited by Ahmed Hafez who previously worked with Mohamed Diab on his film Clash.

The film is produced by Film Clinic (Mohamed Hefzy), Agora Audiovisuals (Mona Abdelwahab), Acamedia Pictures. Co-production by Taher Media Production (Youssef El Taher) and The Imaginarium Films (Rula Nasser). More-over, Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, Amira Diab and Sarah Goher are the film’s producers. Pyramide Films is in-charge of the international sales. MAD Solutions and Lagoonie Film Production are in-charge of the film's distribution across the Arab world. While MAD Solutions is in-charge of Marketing.

Mohamed Diab is an Egyptian director who started off his career as a writer. His works were accredited in the Middle East as well as on an international level. In 2010, he directed Cairo 678 (2010) that featured three women in their fight against sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo.

Prominent writer Paulo Coehlo tweeted about the film, saying "it should be mandatory for all men to watch it". In 2016, he made his second feature film Clash that competed in the Cannes Film Festival. The film was entirely shot inside a police riot truck, crammed with detainees. It was highly acclaimed by critics and many international A-list stars, including Tom Hanks who encouraged people to watch the film, saying: "If there's any way you can see Clash by Egyptian director Mohamed Diab, you must. You simply must. The film will break your heart, but enlighten you."

Amira is Mohamed Diab's latest work that views the Israel-Palestine conflict from an alternative perspective. Meanwhile, he is shooting his new TV series Moon Knight. A Disney+ & Marvel production.