El Gouna Ff 2019: Short Film Competition

The short film program was exceptional and the sequencing of the shorts was also very well planned, each somehow leading into the next, whether by filmic style or elements or by theme. There were four programs, each with six shorts. The subjects were far-ranging, and considering Egypt is a Muslim country and religion often plays a strong role in the lives of many, the program was very liberal. I strongly advocate for the inclusion of these well-curated shorts in many short film festivals or in festivals with concurrent themes.

** On the subject of woman and her place in Muslim society, the 15-minute short, Give Up The Ghost by Zain Duraie, is quite daring as the protagonist resists a tradition which automatically puts her into an inferior position. Give Up the Ghost won the El Gouna Star for the Best Arab Short Film. In modern Jordan, Salam and her husband must
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