Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Khadiga (خديجة)

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox

Morad Mostafa / Short Narrative / Egypt, France / 2021 / 20 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama
Gulf Premiere
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Synopsis

Khadiga, a young mother of just 17 years of age, is left to raise her child alone when her husband moves away to find work in another city. Moving through the hustle and bustle of Cairo streets, her deteriorating state of mind leads her to make an unimaginable decision. The film deals with isolation and mental health and is the final part of a film series, featuring three mothers of different ages, nationalities and social backgrounds who experience social pressures.

About the Directors

Morad Mostafa is an Egyptian filmmaker who started his career as an Assistant Director on various independent films. He collaborated as an Executive Director on ‘Souad’, which was part of the official selection for Cannes Film Festival 2020 and Berlinale 2021. He has written and directed two short films, ’Henet Ward’ and ‘What We Don’t Know About Mariam’. Both had their world premieres at Clermont-Ferrand and have been selected in other major festivals, winning more than 30 international awards.

Credits

Director
Morad Mostafa
Screenwriter
Morad Mostafa, Mohamed Mamdouh
Producer
Safei Eldin Mahmoud, Sawsan Yusuf
Editor
Mohamed Mamdouh
Executive Producer
Islam El Dakhakhny
Co-Producer
Jerome Blesson, Jean-Loup Pochoy, Flore Cavigneaux, Sherif Fathy, Mohamed Eid, Morad Mostafa
Cinematographer
Mostafa El Kashef
Sales Company
Lights On
Production Company
Red Star Films, Bonanza Films
Mixing
Gilles Benardeau
Assistant Director
Fatima Fawzi
Distributor
Lights On
Cast
Malak Tarek, Fatima Fawzi, Zizi Moustafa, Ayman Abdelaziz

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