BIRDS EYE VIEW FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ARAB WOMEN FILMMAKERS IN LONDON

The Awards concluded the eight days Festival, celebrating and supporting women filmmakers while shining a spotlight on Arab women. The Festival welcomed over 4000 cinema-goers at 24 events. On the edge, directed by Leila Kilani (Morocco, 2012) won best feature. The film is a fast-paced drama following two young women as they plunge into the dark heart of modern Morocco. Sleepless nights, directed by Eliane Raheb (Lebanon, 2012) won best documentary with its account of attempts at reconciliation after Lebanon’s civil war, asking if redemption and forgiveness are ever really possible and the emerging talent award (short film) went to Soubresauts, directed by Leyla Bouzid (Tunisia, 2012) – a powerful portrait of taboos and inhibition among the Tunisian middle classes.

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