Asham Receives a Special Mention at the International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva

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Asham Receives a Special Mention at the International Oriental Film Festival in Geneva

Asham by director Maggie Morgan Receives a Special Mention within the Feature Films Competition at theGevneva Oriental Film Festival. The award was submitted by the jury at the festival that has closed today, 21st April.

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.

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, 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.

Asham tells six intertwined stories about aspiration, disappointment, and hope set against the backdrop of a restless Cairo, itself on the brink of change. Some of the characters meet a street peddler, at significant points of their lives, some meet each other.

The film has previously participated in the Narrative Feature Competition at the 3rd Doha Tribeca Film Festivalthat was held in the Qatari capital in November, 2012. After the screening, critics praised Asham describing it as a distinctive venture by scriptwriter and director Maggie Morgan.

Maggie 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's medium-length feature From Within: Her Stories took part in numerous festivals. Her documentaryEgypt in the Eyes of Mair screened on MBC's Al-Arabiya in 2009.