In the Documentary Competition of the festival, SANAD-funded Egyptian documentary film Um Ghayeb (Mother of the Unborn), directed by Nadine Salib, explored the stigmatisation of female infertility in Egypt.
The second film to premiere was the Iraqi film The Silence of the Shepherd, which featured in the New Horizons category of the festival.
Director Raad Mushatat graced the premiere at VOX 6 on Monday evening with his all-Iraqi cast and crew. The film, set against a rural backdrop, deals with silence in the village community when a thirteen-year old girl suddenly disappears.
ADFF also presented two award-winning movies for the first time in the region. BLACK Black Coal, Thin Ice COAL, which won the Golden Bear award at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, is a dark Chinese detective thriller written directed by Diao Yinan. The film is competing in the festival’s Narrative Competition.
Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes festival Winter Sleep, directed by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan,was also screened last night. Set against the snowy panoramas of Anatolia, the film is an intimate character study of the protagonist that touches epic dimensions. The film delineates the deep chasms between the rich and poor as well as of the powerful and powerless in Turkey. Winter Sleep was presented as part of the ADFF Showcase.