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Translated (the rest of the story):
The honorable mention to Selma Vilhunen
Honorary chairman of Film Festival was appointed Egyptian actress, superstar Elham Shahin. The festival was organized by a four-member group of well-known cultural personalities: Mohamed Abd El Khalek, Hassan Abou El-Ela, Sherif Awad and Ashraf Sarhan.
Sarhan has also made an international career. He says, that southern Egypt was the natural choice of venue for film festivals.
“Aswan is far away from the bustling north. It is a door to Africa, and it is a meeting point of different cultures. So, there could not be a more charming place for the festival showing films made by women or films that deal with women's issues”, Sarhan explains.
The historical city of Aswan – app. the size of Helsinki – was excellently suited for a festival by linking Egyptian and the African Nubian style, and by showing a “sunnyside” of a muslim country: a friendly and safe Aswan with lack of the problems encountered in large cities.
We were able to hear the voice of the imam on the background at the same time than Kirsi Marie Liimatainen and the women participating in the workshop discussed their stories and the importance of a woman's life, lived in a framework of a social control.
"I am an atheist. It is important that the Westerners like me should understand the religion and its significance. So do not be afraid to talk about your feelings, when you describe your relationship with God", said Kirsi Liimatainen.
Ashraf Sarhan is satisfied with her work.
"It left a clear influence to participants lives. Now we try to find sponsors to make movies based on girls ideas and to resume documentary workshop soon by Ms Liimatainen in Egypt."
According Sarhan there was several films at Aswan´s Film Festival from some 30 countries and from every continent. Finland was represented by Finnish filmdirector Selma Vilhunen with her feature film “A girl named Varpu” (“Little Wing”). In Aswan was also seen a documentary film “Cheer Up”, which was filmed in Rovaniemi by director Christy Garland from Canada.
Feature films and short films own competitions were held. Mohammed Hammad´s Withered Green won the best actor award. Selma Vilhunen´s Little Wing received an honorable mention.
- Maria Syvälä (Asunta)
PS, edit: Workshops in Aswan were coordinated by Sayed Ali Abdelkhalik.
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