Continuing its International Festival Tour
Between Two Seas Takes Part in the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival in Palestine
Between Two Seas by director Anas Tolba is set to take part in the 5th Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival in Gaza, Palestine, which will begin on Sunday, 17 November. The festival presents short and long feature films, as well as documentaries that shed the light on humanitarian issues.
Last October, Between Two Seas screened in Egyptian theaters and took part in numerous international festivals, including the Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, where it was nominated for the Special Jury Award within the Religion Through the Eyes of Women Section, as well as the Arab Film Festival T√ľbingen in Germany, the Aarhus Arab Film Festival in Denmark, and Mostra de Valencia in Spain.
Between Two Seas won many awards, such as the Best Narrative Feature and a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement (Screenplay) at the Brooklyn Film Festival and two other awards at the 3rd Aswan International Women Film Festival (AIWFF); the Nut Award for Best Film that addresses women's issues, and the Best Director award, presented by the Cinema Professions Syndicate. It also screened within the Film Market at the Shanghai International Film Festival and at aspecial event organized by the National Council for Women in collaboration with UN Women.
While on a short visit to her home village, a small rural island near Cairo, Zahra's daughter is exposed to a tragic accident. Following this incident, Zahra persists on getting her daughter's right and insists on not only continuing her education but also benefiting her community. The film sheds light on different societal issues faced by women, especially in rural areas.
Directed by Anas Tolba and written by Mariam Naoum, based on a script by Amany El Tounsy and Karim El Dalil, Between Two Seas stars Fatma Adel, Yara Goubran, Tharaa Goubail, Mahmoud Fares, Arfa Abdel Rassoul, and Lobna Wanas. The film is produced by Axeer and executive produced by Abdelrahman Al Garwani. MAD Solutions handles the film's distribution and promotion in the Arab world.
Anas Tolba is an Egyptian filmmaker who started his career in 2010 by co-founding the media production company, Axeer. He directed many music videos for a large number of singers and artists from across the Arab world, including: Zap Tharwat, Hamza Namira, and Cairokee.
In 2013, he directed and produced his first 30-minute documentary, Extracurricular that features a mother who believes in the power of traveling to educate her children. In 2017, he directed his first 15-minute short film, Mariam and The Sun. The film was recognized with Jury Selection Awards in the Accolade Film Competition and the Hollywood Film Festival.
His feature debut, Between Two Seas, sheds light on different societal issues faced by women, especially in rural areas.