Women and women’s issues are the focus of a new film festival in Aswan starting on February 20, which this year has gender violence as its theme.

The International Women’s Film Festival will present 32 films from Egypt, Italy, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Morocco, Tunisia, France, Algeria, Iraq, Germany, Russia, China, Romania and Azerbaijan. The event, organised by independent artists with support from the Egyptian culture ministry and Aswan governorate, takes an all-round approach to women’s issues through an associated programme of meetings, conferences and workshops.

There will be two competition sections, one for feature-length films by women directors or about women that were released last year, and the other for short films exploring issues related to the Arab world and that have not yet been released. The festival will open with the screening of the first film made by a female Egyptian director, dating to 1938.

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