In her film “The Warden”, the Dutch director Threes Anna presents the true story of the warden of a bird sanctuary on an isolated island who is told that his job is over. Having spent almost half a century alone, he refuses to leave and starts fighting back in his own way.
The short films, in a series titled “Mothers in Focus,” were made by five Egyptian female filmmakers who told personal stories about motherhood.
Ramsis said the motherhood stories resulted from the 2019 Creative Documentary Workshop, which focuses on a different theme each year.
The festival’s parallel activities included question-and-answer sessions with individual filmmakers and a roundtable discussion on “The Role of Women in Alternative Cinematic Education in the Arab World.” The participants discussed projects like Algeria’s “Cinema and Memory”, Tunisia’s “Steps,” and the Creative Documentary Workshop.
Since the festival started in 2008, the organisers’ priority has been to discuss films with their filmmakers. It was not always possible to invite all of them to attend in person, however, given the high cost of travel. The 2021 festival’s virtual format removed that barrier.
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“This year, we had the opportunity to discuss the films with them remotely, besides holding workshops that connected female filmmakers to the public,” Ramsis said.