The Egyptian short film, “Henet Ward”, gets officially selected to participate in Palm Springs International Film Festival. The official Facebook account of the short film, directed by Morad Mostafa, revealed his participation in the Palm Springs International Film Festival in the United States.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the event will take place from June 16 to 22, over the Internet. This festival is in charge of qualifying films to participate in the 2021 Academy Awards.
The first international premiere of the film was held at the “Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival” in France last February. It is the largest international forum for short films.
The film will also participate in the official competition for the “La Guarimba International Film Festival” in Italy in the fourth edition, from 7 to 12 August.
The film tells a story about Halima, a Sudanese woman living in Egypt, who works as a henna painter. Before the wedding, Halima goes to a henna party to do her job and prepare the bride. She is accompanied by her 7-year-old daughter, Ward, who wanders inside the apartment and explores the place with the curiosity of the children.
Morad Moustafa studied film directing at the “Cinema Palace” in 2008, and has been working in the film industry since 2010 as an assistant director for a number of directors; including Director Mohamed Diab and Hala Khalil in “Nawara” and Sherif El-Bandary in “Ali Mezah and Ibrahim”. “Henet Ward” is his first film project as an author and director.
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