The film festival will honour veteran actress Sawsan Badr and Hibaq Osman for their achievement in the film industry.
The sixth edition of the Aswan International Women Film Festival will take place from February 23 to 28 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
AIWFF aims to recognise female achievement in filmmaking and to teach the craft to youth through workshops and screenings. This year, the festival will honour two female filmmakers for their contributions to the film industry.
Veteran actress Sawsan Badr will be honoured with the Isis Achievement Award, in recognition of her long career and her decades-long career.
The festival said they chose Badr because she represents the creativity of Egyptian women in the movie business, especially considering the nature of her work and the way they address women’s social issues, like in Ehki Ya Scheherazade, Abwab Moghlaqa, El Shouq, Qas Wa Lazq, Asrar El Banat, 678, El Farah, and Dunya.
Somali director and women’s rights activist Hibaq Osman will be awarded the Note Award for her impact on women’s rights in the region, having founded the Karama Movement to End Violence against Women in the Middle East and North Africa. Osman raises awareness of the issues faced by women in the region through her films, such as Sorry, I Refuse That Divorce, The Daily Life of a Modern Woman, and Dream Hunter.