Egypt – Jordan / Jordan spotlighted during the 3rd El Gouna Film Festival

The third El Gouna Film Festival ran from September 19th to 27th. Aiming to discover new international artistic voices, the GFF focusses particularly on encouraging film-making in the Arab world, and opening up inter-cultural ideas in the region.

Three Jordanian films were shown in competition this year:

– the documentary feature Tiny Souls by Dina Nasser
– the short film Freekeh, by Bassel Ghandour
– the short film Give Up the Ghost by Zain Duraie

Tiny Souls (which inter-weaves portraits of children caught up in the Syrian crisis) and Give Up the Ghost (the story of a woman who cannot have children with her husband) have already competed at international festivals having received post-production grants from the Jordan Film Fund. Freekeh (a minor incident turns to drama in a neighbourhood of Amman) was given its preview at the GFF.

This year the GFF also celebrated three major Arab film personalities, including Palestinian-Jordanian director Mai Masri, director of several films shown around the world, who has won more than sixty international awards.


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