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Omnibus Film ‘Becoming’ Brings Saudi Female Voices to Cairo Film Festival

Omnibus Film ‘Becoming’ Brings Saudi Female Voices to Cairo Film Festival

Opening this year’s Horizons of Arab Cinema section at the Cairo Film Festival, the omnibus film “Becoming” shows just how far the Saudi filmmaking community has come in supporting female filmmakers.

Playing in an Out-of-Competition slot, directors Sara Mesfer, Fatima Al Banawi, Jawaher Alamri, Hind Al Fahhad and Noor Alameer collaborated to create this 70-minute fiction film, which seeks to amplify female filmmaking visions from the region.

The filmmakers looked to “explore the human depth, under the pressure of suffering, secrets, anxiety and fear,” according to the official synopsis.

“The only theme that really united us here was womanhood,” Mesfer tells Variety.

Becoming” was made in 2020 over a six month period, but was delayed being shown because of the pandemic, she says.

For Mesfer, it is the second omnibus project she has participated in. The first, “Quareer,” plays at the Red Sea Film Festival in December. The two experiences were worlds apart,

See full article on Variety