Film Commission – Jordan
(RFC) and The UNESCO (Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), with
the support of the European Union, are glad to announce that the five
participating teams in the capacity building program “Anthology Film: Women
in the Maghreb-Mashreq Region”
have wrapped up their short-film productions and moved on to the post-production
Five stories, each from a different
Arab country, were selected to take part in the first edition of the program.
All stories fall under the theme of gender equality and women’s empowerment in
the Arab region and tackle issues such as domestic violence, physical abuse and
discrimination against women.
Each story has been produced into a
short film, funded by the program and supervised by mentors appointed by the
RFC. For this round, Jordanian Director Mahmoud Massad and Jordanian producer
Azza Hourani are in charge of guiding the selected teams all the way from
script development to realizing their films. The mentor-director and
mentor-producer also provided on-set mentorship during each film’s shoot.
The five participating projects and
- Waiting from Jordan by director Maysoon Hbaidi and producer
- Mercy Table from Egypt
by director Taghrid Abouelhassan and producer Moatazbellah
- Children’s Game from Morocco by director Rim Mejdi and producer
- Crossroad Happiness from Tunis by director Emna Najjar and producer Saber
- Complaint from Lebanon by director Farah Shaer and producer
The five short films will be edited
and cut into one feature-length anthology film to be screened in November 2019,
and distributed at international, regional and local festivals.
“Anthology Film: Women in
the Maghreb-Mashreq Region” is a key component of "Enhancing a gender
responsive film sector in the Maghreb-Mashreq region", a regional project
co-financed by the European Union, and implemented by a consortium led by UNESCO,
in partnership with UN Women, Mena Media Monitoring (MMM) and the International
Women Film Festival of Salé (IWFFS).