On the second day of Malmö Arab Film Festival: screenings, seminars and Master Class

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Various activities took place in the the second day of Malmö Arab Film Festival’s tenth edition, which is being held the Swedish city of Malmö, between 8 and 13 October.

The day started by opening the sixth edition of Malmö Market Forum, the festival program dedicated to the industry, which is hosting various activities this year. Founder and director of the festival, Mohammad Keblawi, welcomed the program participants, including jury members, project representatives and film industry professionals from the Arab world and Nordic countries, followed by a speech given by Charlotta Sparre Head of Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa. then another word by Katrina Mathsson from the Folkets Bio for Film Distribution in Sweden,

After the presentation speeches which were (like the rest of the day’s activities) broadcasted live on the Internet and witnessed a great follow-up, the project representatives began pitching their projects to the jury, starting with three projects participating in the category of feature documentaries in development and then five projects competing in the category of feature narrative films in development.

The activities of MAFF Market Forum were concluded during the day with a Master Class entitled “Cinema and the Corona Pandemic”, in which Palestinian director and producer Rashid Masharawi spoke. The master class was held in the Malmö Central Library, the Red Room Hall, and the panel was moderated by Dr. Laid Bouakaz from Malmö University. Mashahrawi also showed a part of his new documentary film “Diaries from Paris, Memories from Gaza” about life in Paris under the Corona pandemic, in which he shed light on his neighbors and their daily lives, and compared the waiting state due to the pandemic, with the waiting state of Palestinians under occupation, as he recalled what He had filmed it in previous films.

On the other hand, the festival’s screenings were launched with good attendance, according to the limit set by the Swedish Health Care Authority for film screenings, which is only 50 seats in any hall. The day witnessed the screening of six films, including four competing in the feature-length film competition: “All This Victory” by the Lebanese director Ahmed Ghossein, “Talking about Trees” by the Sudanese Suhaib Gasmelbari, “The Perfect Candidate” for Saudi Arabia, Haifaa Al-Mansour, and “A Son” by Tunisian Mehdi Barsaoui. From the special screenings program, the film “For the Cause” by Moroccan Hassan Benjelloun was sscrened, in addition to the first screenings of the “Arabian Nights” program: “Baghdad in My Shadow” by the Iraqi-Swiss director Samir.