ANHAR Network and support films for women’s rights

The ANHAR Network has participated in supporting the film “From Cairo” directed by Hala Galal, a film that stands for women’s rights by presenting the stories and the difficulties women face in their relationships and dealing with the harsh city of Cairo, where women suffer from fear and harassment. From this reality, the director presents the life of two female models: Heba Khalifa, who is a photographer and an artist, and the second woman, Aya Youssef, who works as a director and editor. They live alone and work in art specifically, through which they find their way, achieve their dreams, and live happily. We see women talking about ambition after a great struggle with parents and society, which is trying to stereotype and ideologize them according to known and stifling standards, in return for their perseverance to overcome everything and choose a new form of life that suits their dreams, regardless of those pressing consequences.

The film won an award for Best non-fiction film when it was first shown in the Horizons of Arab Cinema competition, which was held as part of the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival that took place from the 26th of November to the 5th of December, 2021. Additionally, it won the Jury Prize at the 12th Malmö Arab Film Festival, which continued from the 4th to the 9th of May, 2022, and the Best Documentary Award at the Arab Jerusalem Festival, which ran from the 15th to the 19th of May, 2022. The movie will be available on Netflix starting in July.