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Cairo Film Connection Mixes Established, Emerging Talent

An ample assortment of new Arab cinema will be on display at the revived Cairo Film Connection, where new projects by established helmers, including Egypt’s Osama Fawzy (“I Love Cinema”), Iraq’s Koutaiba Al-Janabi (“Leaving Baghdad”), and Syria’s Soudade Kaadan (“The Day I Lost My Shadow”), will be vying for more than $100,000 in prizes with works from promising up and comers.

The 17 Cfc projects in various stages from Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine Algeria, Syria, and Morocco were selected out of 107 submissions. They comprise dramas, docs, and potentially groundbreaking genre films with gravitas such as black comedy “Inshallah a Boy,” by Jordanian first-timer Amjad Al Rasheed, about a widow who due to Islamic Sharia law finds herself in dire need of a male child to stop her in-laws from taking possession of her home.

Al Rasheed, who is a Berlinale Talents alumni, said in press notes that

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