The city of Aswan, in southern Egypt, received the guests of the fifth edition of the Women’s Film Festival, the festival that bears the name of the historical city, and it will be held from 24 to 29 June.
According to a statement issued today, the opening ceremony of the festival will be held at nine o’clock in the evening, and the new version of the festival bears the name “The Nile Course”.
The opening ceremony will be attended by Dr. Enas Abdel-Dayem, Egyptian Minister of Culture, General Ashraf Attia, Governor of Aswan, Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, Ambassador Christian Berger, head of the European Union delegation in Egypt, Ahmed Youssef, head of the Tourism Promotion Authority, and a large crowd of stars and filmmakers.
During the opening ceremony, the festival honors Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women in Egypt, and gives her the Note Award for achievement in the field of women’s issues. It also honors Dr. Fayza Al-Kharafi, the first female president of a university in the Arab world, by giving her the Leadership Award.
The festival will also honor, at its opening ceremony, the French star Masha Merel, the star Ilham Shaheen, the young star Donia Samir Ghanem, the director Sandra Nashaat, the Palestinian director Najwa Najjar and the film archive expert Mona Al-Bandari.
The management of the Aswan Festival had decided to dedicate its fifth edition to the name of the Tunisian director Moufida Al-Tlatli and the great writer Kawthar Haykal, in appreciation of the tender and distinguished artistic creativity they provided throughout their journeys.
The Aswan International Women’s Film Festival is held with the support of the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, the European Union, the Union of European Cultural Centers, and sponsored by the National Council for Women, the Aswan Governorate, the Filmmakers Syndicate, and the ACT Foundation, an Egyptian non-governmental community organization concerned with women’s issues.