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Naji Ismail's Om Amira Wins the Best Documentary Award at the Egyptian National Film Festival

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Marking the Film's 5th Award

Naji Ismail's Om Amira Wins the Best Documentary Award at the Egyptian National Film Festival


From the sleepless streets of the city of Cairo to the never ceasing triumphs at regional and international film festivals. Naji Ismail's Om Amira adds another win to the film's record with the Best Documentary Award (15-minute or longer category) at the 18th Egyptian National Film Festival. The award is worth 12,000 EGP.

Earlier this year, Om Amira has set off in several international film events and received the ACT award as the Best Women's Film at the 17th Ismailia International Film Festival within the Short Documentary section for the film's brilliant portrayal of the issues and struggles of the working Egyptian mother. The short documentary, Om Amira, also earned the Best Cinematography Award at SIMA Awards "Social Impact Media Awards" within the Short Documentary section. Recently, Om Amira has won the Best Documentary Film Award at Aan Korb: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival. The festival mainly focuses on screening the best works discussing the enormous changes that swept over the Arab world since 2010 uprisings. Last month, Om Amira won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Film at the 4th Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria.

Following its successful marches at Aan Korb: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival, which was held in London, the British Council in Cairo decided to hold a screening of Om Amira on Thursday, December 18th at 08:00 pm. Following the screening a panel discussion will be held with the participation of the film's director Naji Ismail.

Written and directed by Naji Ismail, Om Amira is produced by his Rahala Production and Distribution. The 24-minute film tells the story of Amira's mother (Om Amira) who resides with her family on a roof top in Downtown, Cairo. Having no other option but to toughen up to support her family and her sick daughter suffering from a heart condition, she sells home-made fried potato sandwiches for living all night long until the sunrise in the streets of the sleepless city of Cairo.

Previously, Naji's Om Amira has been officially selected to contend at the Short Film Competition within Berlin International Film Festival 2014, marking the first participation of an Egyptian film in the competition. Om Amira also was part of the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival.