Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1324, (15 - 21 December 2016)
Tuesday,23 April, 2019
Issue 1324, (15 - 21 December 2016)

Ahram Weekly

The perils of being a Muslim

Al-Ahram Weekly

Mohannad Diab’s six-minute film Ah, writes Nader Habib, received the Best Short Film Award at the Official Competition of the Delhi International Film Festival (3-9 December). A product of the Kinoctambule International Project Laboratory in France, it is strong take on the issue of post-terrorism racism. It tells the story of a Muslim Arab couple on their way to hospital, where the wife is to give birth. The husband has forgotten his car keys and on his way to get them he rescues a woman from an drunk’s assault only to end up beaten up on that selfsame woman’s instigation, who falsely accuses him of attacking her once she realises his name is Mohammed. Thus he is unable to return to his wife, who goes into a public toilet to give birth and bleeds to death as a result. The film received the Best Editing, Best Actor and Best Film awards at the Benguerir Film Festival in Morocco and was honoured at the Setif Film Festival in Algeria. It participated in the official competition at the Chelsea Film Festival in the UK and the Tripoli Film Festival in Lebanon. 

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