Tunisia launches award for best pro-women film

October 29, 2010

Tunisia has launched an award for the best short film dealing with the causes of Arab women.

The launch, an initiative of Leila Ben Ali, Tunisia’s First Lady and chairwoman of the Arab Women’s Organisation, coincides with the holding of the Carthage Cinema Days, a biennial festival where awards are handed to outstanding films and actors.

The special award reflects the faith of the Arab Women Organization in the role of art in advocating Arab women and will be an incentive for filmmakers to produce films that help educate policymakers and the public on the need to address stereotypes and other forms of bias against women, according to the initiative.

The award jury panel is chaired by Khalid Abdul Jalil, president of the National Film Centre of Egypt, and made up of Viola Shafik, director and critic (Egypt), Dima Al Joundi, director and producer (Lebanon), Yasmine Kassari, director (Morocco) and Mourad Ben Cheikh, director, (Tunisia).

The awards of the 23rd Carthage Cinema Days, one of the longest-running film festivals in the Arab world and Africa, will be announced on October 31.

Tunisia, whose pro-women legislation is the most advanced in the Arab world, will host the third congress of the Arab Women’s Organisation on October 28-30.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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