The activities of the 10th edition of Malmö Arab Film Festival launched Thursday evening in exceptional circumstances in which the festival preserved the presence of Arab filmmakers in the Swedish city despite the various health measures taken by the festival to deal with the consequences of the Corona pandemic to ensure safety for the participants, guests and audiences.
A big list of attendees were in the opening ceremony, which was held at Malmö’s official city hall, led by Malmö Mayor Carina Nilsson, who welcomed the festival’s guests and praised the festival’s role in enriching the cultural life of the city. This was followed by a speech by the head of the cultural department in Skåne County, Magnus Lunderquist, who emphasized the value of what the festival had accomplished in terms of opening the doors for cooperation between Arab filmmakers and their counterparts in the Nordic countries in general, and Malmö and Skåne in particular.
This was followed by a speech by the Chair of the Cultural Committee in the city of Malmö Frida Trollmyr, who praised the importance of the Malmö Market Forum in creating opportunities for cooperation and supporting co-productions between the Arab world and the Nordic countries.
Then the founder and president of the festival, director Mohammad Keblawi, welcomed the guests and thanked the partners of the edition, which came in difficult circumstances That Everyone is Getting through.
Then, everyone moved to the Panora cinema to watch the opening film “Adam” by Moroccan directpr Mariam Touzani. The film was presented by Katrina Mathsson director of Folkets Pew Film Distribution in Sweden, who described the film as “feminist par excellence”.
The activities of the tenth edition of Malmö Arab Film Festival will continue until October 13th.