A Few Days Following Receiving Two Awards at Malmo Arab Film Festival
Asham Competes in Oran Arab Film Festival in Algeria and International Women Film Festival of Sale in Morocco
Continuing her successful participation in film festivals worldwide, Egyptian Director Maggie Morgan travels to Algeria and then Morocco to participate in two film festivals with her film Asham. In Algeria, the film competes in the Feature Films Competition at the 7th Oran Arab Film Festival, which runs from September 23rd to September 30th, 2013. Attended by Shady Habashy and Maggie Morgan, the film's screening will take place on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013.
Morgan then heads to Morocco to attend the screening of Asham within the framework of the 7th International Women Film Festival of Sale, which runs from September 23rd through September 28th, 2013. Being part of the festival's official competition, Asham will screen on Thursday, September 26th, 2013, with the attendance of Mona El Shimi and Maggie Morgan.
This comes a few days after Asham has received two awards in Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden, where the film competed in the Long Features Competition; Best Director, for Maggie Morgan and Best Editing for Ahmed Abdallah and Hisham Saqr, raising the tally to three prizes received by the film at international film festivals. The film has previously received a Special Mention within the Feature Films Competition at the Geneva Oriental Film Festival.
Asham is Maggie's feature directorial debut after participating in a number of documentaries and medium-length films. In addition, the film is her first scriptwriting experience.
The film tells six intertwined stories about aspiration, disappointment, and hope set against the backdrop of a restless Cairo, itself on the brink of change. At significant points of their lives, some characters converge onto a street peddler, while other characters experience a series of events, which inevitably lead their pathways to intersect.
Asham stars a number of young actors and major stars including the outstanding Director Mohamed Khan together with Stage Director Mahmoud El Lozy, and young actors: Amina Khalil, who has appeared in Sharbat Loz TV series and Taraf Talet, Salma Salem, Seif Al Aswani, Shady Habashy, Ali Kasim, Marwa Tharwat, Mona El Shimi, Mina El Naggar, Nagla Younis, Noha El Khouli, Hani Eskandar and Hani Seif.