A Day for Women | Sheikh Jackson | Bottle of Virtue
Al Fishawy Takes Part in Dubai International Film Festival with Three Works
Egyptian star Ahmad Al Fishawy is set to attend the 13th Dubai International Film Festival
(December 4 - 7) to promote three of his films, namely; A Day for Women by director
Kamla Abouzekri within the Arabian Nights Programme; Director Amr Salama's film
Sheikh Jackson within the Arab Cinema LAB; as well as promote his short film Bottle of Virtue (El Sharaf Fel Kazouza), which he has both directed and produced, by unveiling the film's teaser poster during the festival.
Arab Cinema LAB, the latest endeavor by the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) that is organized by MAD Solutions, selected Sheikh Jackson film to be one of several picked projects that are highly anticipated and currently in various stages of development and production. This is the first Arab Cinema LAB event and it will be held on Monday, December 12 (from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm) at the Arena Theater, Madinat Jumeirah, where the festival is held.
The LAB is a first-of- its-kind film financing incubator for accelerating new film projects and new business ideas. Bringing together a select group of filmmakers, creative producers, funders, distributors and broadcasters, the LAB aims to open new paths to production for the most promising Arab storytellers by showcasing their work and laying the groundwork for a more robust investment culture.
A Day for Women
Following its World Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, the film opened the Cairo International Film Festival, competing in its Official Competition, where Nahed El Sebai received the Best Actress Award.
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 brings together a cast and crew of outstanding women, as it is produced by Elham Shahin through her company Shahin Film, who also stars in the film, directed by Kamla Abouzekri, Written by Hanaa Attia, A Day for Women stars a number of magnificent old and young stars including; Elham Shahin, Mahmoud Hemida, Farouk Al Fishawy, Ahmad Al Fishawy, Nelly Karim, Eyad Nassar, Nahed El Sebai, Ahmed Dawood and Hala Sedqi. The film is directed by Kamla Abouzekri and produced by star Elham Shahin through her company Shahin Film and MAD Solutions is handling the distribution and marketing for the film.
The events of the film take us back to 25 June 2009 as the news of Michael Jackson's death took the world by storm affecting many, especially a preacher who is dubbed "Jackson" during his school days. But, what does a preacher have in common with the King of Pop? More importantly, can he now go back to his normal life, or will his memories and relationships with his loved ones raise the most prominent question in his mind? Is he the Skeikh, Jackson, or both?
Co-produced by The Producers and Film Clinic, Sheikh Jackson is written and directed by Amr Salama and co-written by Omar Khaled. The film stars Ahmad Al Fishawy, who previously collaborated with Salama on Zay El Naharda (On a Day Like Today), alongside Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, and Amina Khalil. The film will also feature several guest stars, including Dorra, Basma, and Mahmoud El-Bezzawy.
Bottle of Virtue
A short film revolving around a recently graduated doctor who while spending a quiet night at the emergency room in the hospital where he works, finds himself interrupted by a group of strangers who ask him to leave to attend to a patient who can't be transferred to the hospital. As they arrive, the doctor discovers that he has been brought over to administer a virginity test to a young girl who will be illegally married off soon. Facing a moral dilemma, the doctor has to act fast without causing a disaster or going against his beliefs.
DIFF is one of the most important film festivals in the Arab world. Every year, DIFF showcases over 120 features, shorts films and documentaries from around the world and hosts several world premieres, presents new and exciting cinema from the Arab world and beyond, and introduces audiences to fresh new talent and original and distinctive filmmaking.