After Release in Egyptian Theaters Last Wednesday
Asham Participates in 3 International Film Festivals in 2013
After its release in Egyptian theaters on June 19th, Asham continues the successful tour in international film festivals with three festival participations in 2013.
The film took part in the 19th Franco Arab Film Festival, which opened on June 13th, and the screening was on June 18th, 2013. Held in Jordan, the festival included the screening of several award winning feature films and documentaries from numerous prestigious film festivals in the past two years.
On September 2nd, 2013, Asham will be part of the official Feature Films Competition within the 3rd Malmo Arab Film Festival in Malmo, Sweden. The festival aims to promote cultural exchange between the Arabic-speaking and other ethnic groups who are living in Sweden.
Following that, the film will participate in the official competition at the 7th Sala Women Film Festival, which runs from September 23rd to September 28th, 2013.
Produced by Film Clinic, Asham is Maggie's feature directorial debut after participating in a number of documentaries and medium-length films. In addition, the film is her first writing experience.
The film has recently received a Special Mention within the Feature Films Competition at the Geneva Oriental Film Festival. Likewise, Asham has previously participated in the Narrative Feature Competition at the 3rdDoha Tribeca Film Festival. After the screening, critics praised Asham, describing it as a distinctive venture by writer and director Maggie Morgan.
Asham tells six intertwined stories about aspiration, disappointment, and hope set against the backdrop of a restless Cairo, itself on the brink of change. At significant points of their lives, some characters converge onto a street peddler, while other characters experience a series of events, which inevitably lead their pathways to intersect.
Asham stars a number of young actors and major stars including the outstanding Director Mohamed Khantogether with Stage Director Mahmoud El Lozy, and young actors: Amina Khalil, who has appeared in Sharbat Loz TV series and Taraf Talet, Salma Salem, Seif Al Aswani, Shady Habashy, Ali Kasim, Marwa Tharwat,Mona El Shimi, Mina El Naggar, Nagla Younis, Noha El Khouli, Hani Eskandar and Hani Seif.
Maggie Morgan has previously participated in many films as a producer. She graduated from the American University in Cairo, where she currently teaches Film Studies. She directed her first documentary, The Picture, in 2002. Maggie'smedium-length feature From Within: Her Stories took part in numerous festivals. Her documentary, Egypt in the Eyes of Mair, screened on MBC's Al-Arabiya in 2009.